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Equality legislation

What legislation covers diversity?

Many different Acts cover diversity. This site is primarily focused on diversity in relation to disability and we've got lots of useful info for you on that, don't worry!

To go straight to the section on disability legislation

This bit of the site is checking that you up to date with your responsibilities under each Act that looks at the other areas!

Equal Pay Act 1970 (and amendment 2003)
The Equal Pay Act 1970 makes it unlawful for employers to discriminate between men and women in terms of their pay and conditions where they are doing the same or similar work; work rated as equivalent; or work of equal value. The Act applies to both men and women.

The Race Relations Act 1976 (and amendments 2000, 2003)
The Race Relations Act 1976 forms the legal foundation of protection from racial discrimination in the fields of employment, education, training, housing and the provision of goods, facilities and services. Under this law, 'racial discrimination' means treating a person less favourably than others on racial grounds – meaning race, colour, nationality or ethnic or national origins.

Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001
The Special Educational Needs and Disability Act aims to end discrimination against disabled students in the provision of education, training and other related services.

The Employment Equality (Religion or Belief) Regulations 2003
These Regulations apply to vocational training and all facets of employment. They make it unlawful to discriminate on the grounds of religion or belief.

The Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006
These regulations apply to all employers and covers recruitment, terms and conditions,promotions, transfers, dismissals and training. They do not cover the provision of goods and services.

More key legislation

In addition to the above, there are a number of relevant pieces of legislation that are summarised by the Voluntary Arts Network in two useful .pdf documents._

These cover:

The Protection of Children Act 1999
This Act brings together the idea of a ‘one-stop-shop’ for identifying people unsuitable for working with children.

The Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000
Provides a comprehensive definition of working with children. This Act makes it an offence if someone who is banned from working with children breaches that ban in any capacity (paid, unpaid, casual) and it is also an offence to offer employment to someone who is known to be banned.

The Children Act 1989 (England & Wales)
Legislation to ensure the welfare and developmental needs of children are met, including protection from harm in all areas of care. Topics covered include: residential care, family proceedings, child minders, adoption, fostering and Local Authority involvement.

The Police Act 1997
Lays the foundation for the National Criminal Intelligence Service.

The Data Protection Act 1984 and 1998
Details the rights of access to personal data and restrictions to personal data. Also outlines notification guidelines, certain exemptions and enforcement policies to the Act

Sexual Offences Act 2003
Legislation to protect children from sexual abuse by people in a ‘position of trust’. Any sexual activity that occurs between a person in a ‘position of trust’ and a child is an offence under this Act.