Equality and diversity

Parole Board's equality and diversity policies and how equality and diversity are monitored.

We’re committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all members and staff, regardless of race, ethnic origin, religious belief, gender, gender orientation, sexual orientation, disability or age. We guarantee interviews for candidates qualified under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 who meet the criteria for jobs in the secretariat.

Parole Board members are trained to act fairly when considering cases. The Employee Engagement Group published an ‘Equality Action Plan 2012 to 2015’ and reviews it regularly. The group is responsible for raising awareness of diversity issues, identifying how they affect the Parole Board’s work, and co-ordinating projects to develop policy and good practice.

Equality objectives

Our equality objectives for leadership are to:

  • appoint a diversity champion and a steering group to advocate diversity across the organisation
  • conduct proportionate equality impact assessments of all new and revised policies

In relation to prisoners, our equality objectives are to:

  • make sure material is translated or made available to prisoners in an accessible format so they have a fair hearing
  • continue to work with the [National Offender Management Service (NOMS)](https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/national-offender-management-service] and others to monitor and publish statistics showing the outcome of cases across the different diversity groups

Our equality objectives for members and staff are to:

  • continue to monitor the diversity of our membership (working with the Ministry of Justice) and staff
  • recruit and promote members and staff fairly
  • actively encourage reporting of complaints about unfair treatment and discrimination

Meeting our objectives

We publish our equality objectives and equality action plan (PDF, 79KB, 8 pages) every 4 years. We review how we’re meeting our equality objectives in our annual report.

Organisations we work with

We work with Keyring and change.org to develop easy-to-read versions of documents so all prisoners can access information relevant to their hearing.