Equality and Diversity Legislation and Policies

Equality Legislation

Equality Legislation has gone through a major review and the Equality Act 2010 is a major piece of discrimination legislation that makes the law easier to understand, comply and to deliver significant benefits for business, public bodies and individuals.

It provides a new cross-cutting legislative framework to protect the rights of individuals and advance equality of opportunity for all to:

  • Update;
  • Simplify and strengthen the previous legislation;
  • Deliver a simple, modern and accessible framework of discrimination law;

which will protect individuals from unfair treatment and promotes a fair and more equal society.

Equality Act 2010 (PDF, 25.72 KB)


The Equality Act 2010 introduced the concept of the Public Sector Equality Duty and further information is available on the Public Sector Equality Duty page.

Equality and Diversity Policy Statement and Managing Equality and Diversity

Warwickshire County Council MANAGING EQUALITY AND DIVERSITY (DOC, 1.89 MB)

This policy statement and guidance document sets out Warwickshire County Council’s vision and commitment to ensuring equality of opportunity for all, including equality of access to those services that we provide. In serving our community and in valuing the contribution of our workforce, we aim to improve the quality of life and wellbeing of the population. This vision and commitment will be implemented through the county council’s Single Equality Scheme.

Bullying and Harassment Policy

Bullying and Harassment Policy (pdf, 204 Kb)

The County Council expects all employees to show consideration and respect to their colleagues. All employees have a clear role to play in helping to create a climate at work in which bullying behaviour and harassment is unacceptable. In particular, employees should be aware of their own conduct, avoid colluding with inappropriate behaviour and co-operate fully in any complaint procedure. Managers and supervisors have a responsibility to raise awareness of the issue, respond positively to any complaints and challenge and stop unacceptable behaviour in the workplace. Any form of harassment or bullying will not be tolerated.

For a list of Harassment Contacts please refer to Equality and Diversity for Staff page.

Family Friendly Working Policy and Guide

Warwickshire County Council is committed to family friendly working, often giving more generous benefits than the legal entitlement. We hope that all our employees and their families can benefit from our policies.

The Family Friendly Guide is designed to help answer any questions you may have on family friendly working at the county council, and outline what you are entitled to as an employee. We have been assisted by colleagues within the Council who have helpfully checked the readability and style of the booklet.

Implementation of Equal Pay Structure

Equality and Diversity Profiles

We have commissioned the following profiles and present data relating to Equality and Diversity.

North Warwickshire Borough (pdf, 182Kb)
Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough (pdf, 190kb)
Rugby Borough (pdf, 186kb)
Stratford-on-Avon District (pdf, 185kb)

Equality Guidance for Public Consultation and Engagement Activity

Under the Public Sector Duty Section of The Equality Act 2010, we have a legal duty to understand the communities we serve, our customer profile and the profile of our staff. You can find the Equality Guidance for Public Consultation and Engagement Activity on our intranet pages under Consultation and Engagement (internal access only)

Recruitment of Ex-Offenders Policy

If you have a criminal record, you will not automatically be barred from working for us. We will base our decision only on the type of the position and the circumstances and background of the offences. Criminal records will be taken into account only where the conviction is relevant. Unless the work includes access to children and vulnerable adults, you will not be asked to disclose convictions that are “spent” under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

For more information please refer to the Recruitment of Ex-Offenders policy

Equality and Diversity Legislation and Policies was last updated on December 4, 2015.