The Equality Duty and children and young people

Author: Neckles, Leander

Briefing series: Engage London

Publisher: Race Equality Foundation

Publication date: September 2013

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The public sector equality duty is often called the PSED or the Equality Duty; in this briefing we generally use the shorthand “Equality Duty”.  This briefing is for Voluntary and Community Sector Organisations (VCSOs) working with children, young people and families. It will help you to: a) understand how the Equality Duty impacts on those working with children, young people and families; b) use this duty to advance equality of opportunity; and c) consider what action may be needed to comply with the Duty. This briefing provides some basic information about:

  • who is protected by the Act;
  • how the Act applies to children and young people;
  • the Equality Duty, the specific equality duties, the powers of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), enforcement and using the Duty to challenge public bodies;
  • how the Duty may help children, young people and families and impact on voluntary and community sector organisations (VCSOs);
  • the wording of the Equality Duty;
  • the final recommendations from the 2013 review of the Equality Duty;
  • useful sources of information, advice and help.