What do equality and diversity mean to us?
Diversity is about including or involving people from a range of different social and ethnic backgrounds, different beliefs, ages, a variety of physical, sensory and mental health abilities and of different genders, sexual orientations in an inclusive way.
An equal society values human diversity, recognising that diversity brings a range of skills, knowledge, values, styles, perspectives, and ideas.
Within our service in Integrated Adult Social Care, we work with brilliant people, with all different backgrounds, needs, ideas, thoughts, preferences, and life experiences.
We should always think about diversity and strive to develop our understanding and knowledge within our work with people, but we also consider our own diversity and what that means for us and our staff.
We have a law that supports equality and diversity
Under the Equality Act 2010, as a public authority, we have legal duties to:
- eliminate discrimination, harassment, victimisation, and any other prohibited conduct
- advance equality of opportunity
- foster good relations between people
- publish objectives to demonstrate how we will meet the points above and publish information on our performance and how people are affected by our policies and practices
These duties apply to nine protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010. These are:
- gender reassignment
- marriage and civil partnership
- pregnancy and maternity
- religion and belief
- sexual orientation
As a service, we take these protected characteristics very seriously, and we are committed to being anti-oppressive, non-discriminatory, and anti-racist within our service at every conversation and at our work.
If you want to know more or get further information about this important subject, please look at our Devon County Council’s Equality and Diversity website.