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    Entries in Legal duties (22)


    Public Sector Equality Duty and Equality Impact Assessments

    Do you recognise that carrying out Equality Impact Assessments (EIAs) demonstrates compliance with your Public Sector Equality Duty? Are your managers confident to carry out EIAs? Do your governors and trustees know that they should ask for evidence of EIA before signing off a new or updated policy, plan or strategy? Would new guidance help?

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    Will you be ready to publish your new four-year equality objectives by 6th April 2016?

    One of the specific duties of the Equality Act 2010 requires colleges and universities to publish equality objectives by April 2012 and then every 4 years. Which means that your next set must be published by April 2016. Are you ready?

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    Are you on track to publish new four-year equality objectives by 6 April 2016? 

    Your new four-year equality objectives must be published by 6 April 2016. When the Equality and Human Rights Commission sampled college websites, they found that not all had published their equality objectives, and for those that had, a significant number were not legally compliant. For example, many were not sufficiently specific or measurable. What will your new equality objectives look like?

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    New legal duty to report cases or suspicions of FGM

    Are your staff aware that a new mandatory reporting duty for FGM (female genital mutilation) came into force in October 2015? Do teachers and front-line staff understand the implications of this new legal duty? Have you integrated the requirements of this new duty within your safeguarding policy and within safeguarding training?

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    How robust are your equality information and objectives? 

    Did you know that voluntary organisations can challenge you and hold you to account on how you are meeting your duties to publish equality objectives and equality information? For example, did you know that voluntary organisations can alert the Equality and Human Rights Commission about concerns if they believe that you are not to be meeting your legal duties, and can apply for a judicial review?

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