NE Derbyshire District Council has an Equality & Diversity Policy for Service Delivery which sets out what we expect from our staff, our Councillors and our partners. Our aim is to treat our customers fairly regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
We assess our policies for any equality impact on members of the LGBT community and include LGBT issues in our corporate equalities training, which is mandatory for all new employees.
The Council uses equality monitoring to help us understand who is using our services as well as their experiences and outcomes. For example, when we undertake consultation, we collect monitoring data (when appropriate to do so) to check that any feedback on our services is representative of the people we serve. Whenever we ask members of the public for information for equality monitoring purposes, we will take care that this is relevant and appropriate.
NE Derbyshire District Council works with Derbyshire LGBT+ to ensure that we take account of our LGBT community’s needs and learn from best practice. Derbyshire LGBT+ offers a range of social and specialist support services around the county – find out more from their website.
Our Community Safety team leads on tackling hate incidents and hate crimes in the District. If you are experiencing harassment or hate incidents because of your sexuality or gender identity, please don’t hesitate to contact them.
We want our LGBT community to feel confident in reporting hate incidents they have experienced or witnessed and we have a range of ways to help:
Do It Online – make a report
Download a hate incident reporting form
Call our Contact Centre
Contact Stop Hate – an alternative reporting choice
If you or anyone else is in danger, please call police on 999.
You can contact the Derbyshire Domestic Abuse Helpline.
Derbyshire Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse Service is a specialist and experienced provider of domestic abuse services. They are a local charity which offers a range of services appropriate to individual need to help and support women, men and children who are affected by domestic abuse.
Working for the Council
The Council introduced monitoring for sexual orientation to ensure that our recruitment and employment practices do not discriminate against LGBT applicants and staff. Not everyone provides this information but year on year, more applicants and existing staff have felt comfortable declaring their sexual orientation. We publish our Workforce Information annually.
We have a comprehensive Harassment and Bullying Policy to support LGBT staff.
In the Census 2011, 21.762 people (22% of the population) in North East Derbyshire district declared that their day to day activities were limited due to disability or long term ill health.
Social model of disability
Disability relates to the way society is organised, rather than by a person’s impairment or difference. If we remove barriers that restrict life choices for disabled people they can be independent and equal in society, with choice and control over their own lives.
Reasonable adjustments in services and employment - how we're improving access and opportunities for disabled people
One of the ways in which we are removing barriers and improving opportunities for disabled people is by making sure that we put reasonable adjustments in place. These help us to communicate with and enable disabled people using our services and help us to support our disabled staff.
- Communicating in different accessible ways in line with our Equality and Diversity Policy for Service Delivery
- Offering a reasonable adjustments service for disabled people so that we send written communications in the appropriate format for you
- Improving access and facilities for disabled people and others in the buildings we use to deliver our services
- Providing disabled toilet facilities in our buildings, meeting the Changing Places standard on key sites
- Making hearing loops available in our Contact Centre and our public meeting rooms
- Supporting local advice and support services for disabled people as well as inclusive activities and events
- Providing disabled adaptations to homes to support independent living. These are funded by grants from Derbyshire County Council
- Providing specialist disability training for frontline staff so they can respond to individual needs
- Signing up to Disability Confident which supports disabled people in recruitment and at work
- Making adjustments so existing disabled employees can carry out their jobs and feel safe and supported at work
- Supporting staff with an Occupational Health service and an Employee Assistance Programme where they can access information online on a wide variety of practical and wellbeing topics
Disability Derbyshire Coalition for Inclusive Living works to apply disabled people's ideas and experiences to developing services and public policies.
Action on Hearing Loss is a national charity which offers information and support to people who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Deaf and Hearing Support is based in Chesterfield. It aims to provide the best quality service for deaf and hearing impaired people in North Derbyshire. You can test various aids at their Resource Centre where they have the latest technology on display.
RNIB offer practical and emotional support to those losing their sight or who are blind or partially sighted.
Sight Support Derbyshire is a local charity which provides services, support and advice and information for registered blind and partially sighted local people.
Mencap is a national charity which works to improve the lives of people with a learning disability and their families.
MIND is a national charity which offers support and information on mental health
An Equality impact assessment looks at a policy or procedure and sees if it discriminates or is likely to discriminate against somebody because of their Race, Gender, Disability, Age, Sexual Orientation, Religion, Belief and any other likely characteristic.
If it is found that a policy or procedure does discriminate against someone we will do what we can to eliminate, minimise or counterbalance the discrimination.
There are several reasons why we conduct EIAs.. The benefits of impact assessment include:
They help to analyse our services to see if there if reflective representation from our communities
They assist us in considering alternative policies or measures that might address any adverse impact
They help us to improve the way in which we develop our policies and functions by ensuring that they reflect the current equality & diversity legislative framework
They help to identify direct or indirect discrimination
They help us to better understand the needs and aspirations of the diverse communities we serve.
Equalities legalisation has now been extended so there is a statutory duty for gender and disability to conduct equality impact assessments. Our impact assessment process covers gender, disability, sexual orientation, age and religion and belief as well as race.
Joint Strategies and Policies:
A new joint policy has been developed to explain what the law requires from those delivering public services and to support staff in dealing with our customers.
Equality monitoring is often not carried out because it is believed to be time-consuming, confusing, lacking in purpose or intrusive to customers. This guidance has been developed with these concerns in mind and offers best practice examples to help us get it right.
We publish equality information in a variety of ways:
Diversity Monitoring report – Citizen panel survey
In November 2016 we asked our Citizen panel members how fairly and equally they feel they are treated in their local area and by the Council. The report can be found here
Equality Act 2010: Public sector equality duties
The Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties) Regulations 2011 came into force on 10 September 2011. Under Section 147(1) of the Act, public bodies are required to show that they meet the public sector equality duties by:
Setting equality objectives
Publishing relevant, proportionate information showing compliance with the Equality Duty.
The following data is held by us and will be updated periodically. We have identified some gaps in information about our services and workforce which we are addressing, following an organisational restructure.
Hate crime is crime that the victim or any other person perceives to be motivated by hostility or prejudice towards any aspect of a person’s identity. Some hate crime offences carry additional penalties. Derbyshire Police monitor six strands of hate crime:
- Gender identity
- Race, nationality or ethnicity
- Religion or belief
- Sexual orientation
- Subculture eg: Goth, Steampunk, Hipster
Police forces also monitor religiously motivated hate crime specifically related to anti-Semitism and Islamophobia.
Our hate crime policy, reporting form and online reporting form can be found below”Online reporting Form
A hate incident is any incident, which may or may not be a crime, that the victim or any other person perceives to be motivated by hostility or prejudice towards any aspect of a person’s identity. The police determine whether a hate incident is a crime.
Anyone who experiences or hears about a hate crime or hate incident in the District can report it to the Police or to Stop Hate UK. Reports are used to help those victimised, to bring perpetrators to justice, and to influence our work to stop Hate Crime.
Every incident should be reported, whether it is name calling in the street, damage to property, graffiti, physical assault, or any other type of incident that makes someone feel upset at being targeted. Please report all hate incidents to us immediately so we can investigate them fully.
Derbyshire Law Centre has produced a Hate and Harassment Toolkit (1.13MB) for people to refer to.
Stop Hate UK
In Derbyshire, you can get support and report hate incidents to Stop Hate UK online via their website or by:
Phone 0800 138 1625
Text Relay 18001 0800 138 1625
If you use British Sign Language, you can access it here.
If you have a learning disability, you can get Easy Read information and find out ways to report what’s happened here.
LGBT hate crime can be reported here.
Anyone can report hate crime and access support - victims and witnesses. You can remain anonymous if you wish.
Derbyshire Safe Places Scheme
A safe place is somewhere people with a learning disability can go if they feel scared, are lost or need help when they are out and about. Find out more about the Derbyshire Safe Places Scheme here.
Online hate material
You may come across a lot of material on the internet that offends you, but very little of it is actually illegal. UK laws are written to make sure that people can speak and write, even offensive material, without being prosecuted for their views.
Find out more about what you can do about on-line hate material via the True Vision website here.