What the law means for you

Basically, the law on equality means that you should always promote equality and diversity in everything you do.  You should think about the impact that your activity will have on different people, and make sure that you take action so that people are not discriminated against – either directly or indirectly. 

You should try to make sure that everyone is able to get the same from the services and activities you undertake.  This does not mean always providing the same service.  You need to think about the outcome for individuals, and whether you need to do anything to make sure that everyone can achieve the same outcomes.  Sometimes this can mean developing targeted activities to provide more opportunities or support for people who are disadvantaged. 

Sometimes your own values, views and experiences will mean that you see things a certain way – which can lead to stereotype and prejudice.  Often, you will need to challenge your own stereotypes and prejudices to make sure that you can provide opportunities for disadvantaged groups. 

It is not acceptable to refuse to provide the same level of service to people just because they are different from you, and you don’t agree with their lifestyle, culture or views.  The law and best practice clearly states that this is not lawful – you cannot discriminate against people just because they have different views, values or lifestyles.

Self Assessment

If you want to explore what the law means for you complete the self assessment in the top right hand corner of the page.

The How Good is Our CLD self assessment framework explores how community learning and development can promote equality.