What are they?
Equality Impact Assessments ensure that an organisationís policies and services do not discriminate against people including those in minority groups. They help us to think about the needs of these groups and how our services impact on them. They are also a good way to help us identify ways that we can promote equality and improve our services.
How are they done?
Equality Impact Assessments are completed by a small team who look at a policy, strategy or service that is being reviewed to see how it affects our customers in respect of their disability, age, gender, race, religion/belief, sexual orientation or gender identity to ensure equal and fair access for all.
At Willow Park, we will also consider community cohesion and social economic issues when completing the assessments.
If an Equality Impact Assessment shows that a policy or service has an adverse impact on any particular group, we will consider alternative ways of doing things to ensure that they are able to receive the same quality of service as everybody else.
As part of our commitment to continuous improvement, we regularly review our policies, strategies and services. We carry out Equality Impact Assessments each time we conduct these reviews and publish the results of these on our website and in our tenantsí newsletter.
Why we do them
We have both a legal and regulatory obligation to carry out Equality Impact Assessments. We also have our own aspirations and a commitment to provide a fair and accessible service to all our customers, as set out in our Diversity Strategy and Equality and Diversity Policy .
By undertaking Equality Impact Assessments, we are able to:
- Take into account the needs, experience and circumstances of those people who will (or may be) affected by our services.
- Identify any real or possible inequalities people will experience if we go ahead with new policies or services.
- Think about the other ways in which we can achieve the aims of our policy or service that will not lead to inequalities.
- Increase transparency in the things that we do and improve the confidence in the fairness of our policies and services.
- Develop better policy making procedures and services.
- Become more accountable to the people we serve.