Equality and Diversity
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This is a statement of the Trust’s commitment to meeting its statutory duties under Section 75 of the NI Act 1998, setting out how it is going to ensure that equality and good relations are promoted in everything the Trust does.
This places duties on the Trust to promote equality of opportunity taking into account nine equality categories – namely between:
- persons of different religious belief, political opinion, racial group, age, marital status or sexual orientation
- men and women generally
- persons with a disability and persons without
- persons with dependants and persons without.
The Trust’s Equality Scheme has been approved by the Equality Commission for NI.
Equality Scheme Progress Reports
The Trust must produce and submit Annual Progress Reports to the Equality Commission detailing how the commitments in its Equality Scheme are being implemented.
Equality and Disability Actions Plans
The current 5 year action plans set out the actions the Trust has agreed to take forward over the period 2018-2023 to fulfil its Equality and Disability Duties. These plans have been approved by our Trust Board. The valuable contributions received from the pre-consultation event and during the public consultation in 2017 helped to inform and shape the final plans.
- Regional HSC Equality Action Plan 2018-2023
- Southern Trust Local Equality Action Plan 2018-2023
- Regional HSC Disability Action Plan 2018-2023
- Southern Trust Local Disability Action Plan 2018-2023
- Equality and Disability Action Plans 2018-2023 – Consultation Outcome Report
- Easy Read – Equality and Disability Action Plans – Consultation Outcome Report
The HSC Trusts have revised their Audit of Inequalities document which has helped identify the inequalities to be addressed in these action plans.
The Trust must consider the nine equality categories when making decisions and formulating or revising policies/proposals – this is known as screening. The screening process is used to identify which policies/proposals are likely to have an adverse impact on equality of opportunity and/or good relations and helps to draw these considerations into the policy/decision making process.
The Trust publishes quarterly policy screening outcome reports of screenings undertaken.
If it is decided that a policy/proposal is likely to have significant/major issues relating to equality, it is then necessary to consider carrying out a more detailed exercise called an equality impact assessment (EQIA).