Equality and diversity

To fulfil its Public Sector Equality Duty as a listed public authority under the Equality Act 2010, ICIBI will prepare and publish its equality objectives at least every four years.

Personal statement from David Neal, the Independent Chief Inspector.

I place great importance in ensuring that equality, diversity and inclusion are embedded in everything that I undertake. This includes how we work together as a team within ICIBI, the independent monitoring of the Home Office (HO) and how we engage with our stakeholders. I am committed to building a culture of inclusion by ensuring that we have a diverse and inclusive workforce, where we can all be ourselves, where it is safe to challenge constructively and where we strive for equality of opportunity for all. We live in a diverse society and how we engage with different people and cultures, influences what we do. Creating a working environment where all staff have the opportunity to fulfil their potential and where diversity is recognised and valued is of paramount importance to me. In my experience this approach makes us more productive employees, more understanding colleagues, better members of our communities and ultimately makes us richer citizens. This also clearly aligns with the HO standards as set out in its diversity strategy “Inclusive by Instinct”.

I recognise good team working as being essential to a productive and inclusive working environment. This can only flourish where diversity is celebrated and grounded in mutual respect. Teamwork is damaged by the pernicious and corrosive effects of prejudice and discrimination but is strengthened by positive interactions, increased mutual understanding and trust. My experience has shown that hands on leadership is required to consider what practical steps can be taken to educate ourselves and our teams to ensure EDI is central to the work of ICIBI. I will strive to ensure that inspection reports reflect the diverse people and communities that use the services of the HO and its staff. By creating a scrupulously fair, transparent and sensitive organisation we are more likely to attract the best talent available to join us in the workplace.

In summary, my message is essentially about respect for others, the personal embodiment of the HO core Vision and Values and building a diverse and inclusive team that is stronger because of it. The EDI objectives and the ICIBI EDI statement provide the commitment and clarity to take this work forward.

ICIBI equality objectives.

In carrying out its statutory functions, as set out in the UK Borders Act 2007, ICIBI has three equality objectives:

  • to monitor and report on compliance with the Equality Act 2010 by the Secretary of State, her officials and others exercising functions relating to immigration, asylum, nationality or customs on her behalf, including reliance on paragraph 17 of Schedule 3 of the Equality Act 2010 (exception for immigration functions)

  • to ensure that its policies, processes, and practices are fair and transparent and comply with the Equality Act 2010

  • to promote equality, diversity and inclusion through its inspections and within the inspectorate

Through these objectives ICIBI seeks to:

  • eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation, and other conduct prohibited by the Equality Act 2010
  • advance equality of opportunity between people from different groups
  • foster good relations between people from different groups

ICIBI Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Statement.

ICIBI is committed to promoting the letter and spirit of the Equality Act 2010 by embedding Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in everything it does.

The immigration, asylum, nationality and customs functions performed by and on behalf of the Home Secretary involve and affect a wide range of other bodies, and touch everyone living in or seeking to visit the UK.

In order to inform individual inspections and the overall inspection programme, ICIBI will reach out through its website, and directly where possible, to capture relevant evidence and to try to understand and reflect the widest range of perspectives, interests and concerns.

Within the inspectorate, the EDI Staff Group will help the Independent Chief Inspector to ensure that policies, processes and practices, and inspection plans, take full account of ICIBI’s Equality Objectives and EDI Statement, and that these are updated as necessary.

ICIBI’s Equality Objectives and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Statement should be read in conjunction with its ‘Statement of Purpose’, ‘Vision’, ‘Values’ and ‘Expectations’.