Equality Impact Analysis

Under equality legislation, Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership Trust has legal duties to pay ‘due regard’ to the need to eliminate discrimination and promote equality with regard to race, disability and gender, including gender reassignment, as well as to promote good race relations.

The law requires that this duty to pay ‘due regard’ be demonstrated in the decision-making process. Assessing the potential equality impact of proposed changes to policies, procedures and practices is one of the key ways in which public authorities can show ‘due regard’. It is also important to note that public authorities subject to the equality duties are also likely to be subject to the obligations under the Human Rights Act.

What is equality analysis?

The change in terminology from ‘equality impact assessment’ to ‘equality impact analysis’ is intended to focus more attention on the quality of the analysis and how it is used in decision-making.

The Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership Trust previously adopted the Equality Impact Assessment method for reviewing policies to assess their impact on the aims of the previous legal duties. The Trust will continue to use this methodology in order to meet our equality analysis obligations. Therefore, the tool will now be referred to as the Equality Impact Analysis (EIA).

Equality analysis is a way of considering the effect on different groups protected from discrimination by the Equality Act, such as people of different ages. There are two reasons for this. First, to consider if there are any unintended consequences for some groups, and second, to consider if the policy will be fully effective for all target groups. It involves using equality information, and the results of engagement with protected groups and others, to understand the actual effect or the potential effect of your functions, policies or decisions. It can help you to identify practical steps to tackle any negative effects or discrimination, to advance equality and to foster good relations.

Please follow this link for Equality Impact Assessment (EIA) forms for Trust policies