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Equality and human rights

Find out about our policies and plans for equality and human rights and about specific work we are carrying out in relation to the different areas of equality.

We are currently developing a new policy and strategy for equality, diversity and inclusion. Our new strategy will include our main equality objectives and action plan, and will cover all of the council’s functions and services, as well as its employment practice.

One of the main ways we can do this is by carrying out equality impact analysis, a process which helps inform decisions we make.

We're working hard to advance equality and to tackle discrimination and harassment against people because of their protected characteristics. This includes work to improve race and faith based equality, gender equality, equality for disabled people, for people of all ages, and because of sexual orientation and gender re-assignment.

Acting fairly as an employer is an important way we can demonstrate our commitment to equality. You can find out more about our work to become a fair and diverse employer.

Any enquiries about our work in relation to equality and diversity can be made to our senior policy officer for equalities email or telephone 01629 538384.

Consultation on priorities for equality and diversity – Draft Equality and Diversity Strategy

We are presently carrying out consultation on a new Strategy for Equality and Diversity. This strategy includes our proposed priorities and a draft action plan for implementation of the strategy.

The consultation continues until 5 March 2018. You can read the proposed strategy and comment.

Help with interpretation and translation

We have information on the help available when you telephone Call Derbyshire. We have a telephone-based interpretation service for callers, including emergency calls, which is available in all the main languages spoken in Derbyshire.

Let our team know if you need help because your first language is not English. They will be able to arrange an appropriate telephone-based or face-to-face interpreter to help with communications, although it may not be possible to provide this immediately if a face-to-face interpreter is required.

We also have information on British Sign Language. If you need the help of a British Sign Language interpreter please let the service you are contacting know. They will then arrange for an interpreter to be available, although it may not be possible to provide this immediately.

We are reviewing our procedures for interpreting and translation services and will be publishing more guidance for customers and employees. This will include a policy which explains the circumstances under which we would provide interpreting and translation services.

For general enquiries about these services please email or telephone 01629 538258.