An Introduction to The Law of Equality

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The Public Sector Equality Duty is often the weakest link in the process of public sector involvement and the first place that campaign groups and lawyers look to raise a legal challenge. Case Law demonstrates that the failure of decision makers to consider the impact of change on protected groups can lead to a reputationally damaging and lengthy pause in change implementation. The need for a sound Equality Impact Assessment (EqIA), which has been informed by meaningful data and people with lived experience is the key to success. But the benefits of really paying due regard to three elements of the duty are better services, which meet people’s needs, increased efficiency and better outcomes for the population. 

An understanding of the duties and compliance with The Bracking Principles are fundamentals in equality as the Gunning Principles are to good consultation. Being able to prove that the EqIA has informed decision making and good governance to defend a legal challenge is crucial.

This introductory course is a compulsory, pre-requisite to the instructor-led course, The Law of Equality.

Duration: 45 mins approx. | Bulk unit value: 2
*Subtitles Available*

What topics will you cover?
• The Equality Act 2010 and the public sector equality duty (PSED)
• Protected Characteristics and additional groups
• Legalities and Common Law

What will you achieve?
An understanding of…
✓ The Equality Act 2010 and the public sector equality duty (PSED)
✓ The protected characteristics defined in the Act
✓ Additional groups to consider
✓ The legal tests and principles from Common Law
✓ Equality Impact Assessments (EqIA) as a tool to demonstrate that you have discharged your public sector equality duty

Who is this course for?
For practitioners and decision makers and to gain a deeper understanding of the legal requirements of both developing best practice Equality Impact Assessments and using them to inform decision making.

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Learner feedback
“The closed captions were great, and I found the content really interesting and well-presented.”
Sarah Muir, NHS South Yorkshire ICB

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