Equality and diversity
As a public body, we publish regular information about what our equality objectives are and how we're meeting them.
Our duties under the Equality Act 2010
When we’re making decisions, the Equality Act 2010 gives us a duty to take into account the need to:
- eliminate discrimination, harassment and victimisation
- advance equality of opportunity
- foster good relations between different parts of the community
This covers, age, disability, gender reassignment, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy and motherhood, race (including ethnic or national origin, colour and nationality), religion or belief (including lack of belief), sex and sexual orientation.
DH equality publications
We also have a duty to publish:
- equality objectives (at least every 4 years)
- reports showing how we’re meeting our equality responsibilities (at least once a year)
DH equality analyses
Where it’s proportionate in the circumstances, we also publish equality analyses or impact assessments for specific policies. These documents show what we’ve done to consider how specific policies could affect people protected by the equality legislation.
Sources of health and care equality information
We use equality information, data and analysis from a wide range of sources to help us develop policy. These include:
- Equality and Human Rights Commission
- Health & Social Care Information Centre
- Office for National Statistics health and social care publications
- Public health indicators portal
DH equality contact
If you have a question, comment or suggestion about DH’s equality, human rights and inclusion work, contact email@example.com.