Achieving more together towards a safer South Wales

Equality, Diversity and Human Rights

What is Equality, Diversity and Human Rights?

Promoting and respecting equality, diversity and human rights is essential in policing. Equality is about ensuring that everyone is treated fairly, without discrimination and with the recognition of individual needs. It is important that the service the police provides respects and understands the diversity of people in our community and treats everyone with fairness, no matter what their differences.

The Equality Act

The Commissioner is subject to the General Equality Duty of the Equality Act 2010, which states that each public authority (which includes South Wales Police) must, in the exercise of its functions, have due regard to the need to:

  1. Eliminate discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct that is prohibited by or under the Act,
  2. Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a relevant protected characteristic and people who do not share it,
  3. Foster good relations between people who share a relevant protected characteristic and people who do not share it.

The General Duty applies explicitly to all protected characteristics except marriage and civil partnership. However, there is still a duty to eliminate discrimination, harassment and victimisation for this characteristic.

The Police and Crime Commissioner will strive to ensure that those who work or have dealings with us are treated fairly and with respect and that they are not discriminated against because of any of the protected characteristics defined under the Equality Act 2010:

  • Age
  • Disability (including physical, mental, sensory and learning disabilities)
  • Gender Reassignment
  • Marriage or Civil Partnership
  • Pregnancy and Maternity
  • Race (including race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin)
  • Religion and belief
  • Sex
  • Sexual Orientation

In Wales, we also recognise the Welsh Language as a strand of equality.

The Police and Crime Reduction Plan includes a number of equality objectives .You can find out more about the priorities in the Police and Crime Reduction Plan 2017-2021.

We also have a Joint Equality Action Plan 2015-18.

This project is led by Hannah Jenkins who is supported by Sarah Mahon, T: 01656 869366.