Equality and diversity

Our equality and diversity policy statement

Everyone is different.

We should make sure everyone is treated equally.

We should also make sure everyone is listened to.

We believe:

  • people should be treated well
  • people should be helped to be safe
  • people should be able to have control of their lives.

We must follow the Equality Act by law. It says people should not be treated differently or unfairly because of:

  • age
  • disability
  • gender reassignment
  • marriage and civil partnership
  • pregnancy and maternity
  • race
  • religion or belief
  • sex
  • sexual orientation

We must look at the need to:

  • stop unlawful discrimination
  • improve equal opportunities
  • encourage good relationships.

Our focus

As part of our Framing Kent's Future 2022 to 2026 strategy, we are committed to a strong focus on equality.

Kent’s diversity is its greatest strength, and we need to ensure that no one is left behind or disadvantaged because of who they are.

Most of what we do in the services we provide, and the improvements we seek to make to Kent residents’ quality of life, is aimed at improving equity of opportunity and outcome.

Many of the priorities and actions set out in our Framing Kent’s Future strategy aim to tackle equality issues, whether they exist in our county, our local communities, or our council.

As a public authority we have a statutory duty under the Equality Act to publish a set of Corporate Equality Objectives for the organisation and report on progress each year.

By setting out the new Corporate Equality Objectives in the Framing Kent's Future strategy we are making a clear statement that tackling inequality is our fundamental and underpinning priority.

Our objectives

Our Corporate Equality Objectives for the next 4 years are:

  • Continue to be an inclusive employer which provides fair, open and equitable access to career progression and a trusted environment in which staff feel confident to call out discriminatory behaviour.
  • Attract and retain a diverse workforce at all levels of the organisation which reflects the communities that we serve.
  • Strengthen our equality data collection and analysis across our services to better understand people’s needs and the cumulative impact of the our actions on people with protected characteristics.
  • Work with our strategic partnerships to understand and support the diverse needs of our communities.
  • Promote equality, diversity and inclusion through our supply chains, including our trading companies.
  • Ensure our information and services are accessible for everyone including those who are digitally excluded.

Adult social care Race Equality Standard action plan

We are also one of 18 local authorities signed up as pilot sites to the Social Care Workforce Race Equality standard. Developed within the NHS, it focuses on the social care sector and is a process that organisations can use to address, evidence and make progress in race equality.

Read the Adult Social Care Workforce Race Equality Standard: Action Plan May 2022 action plan (PDF, 180.2 KB).

Equality and diversity information