Equality, diversity and inclusion in care and health

As part of Partners in Care and Health’s commitment to putting equality, diversity and inclusion at the forefront of our work, this page is designed to draw together and showcase relevant council case studies and examples of Partners in Care and Health work from across the programme that address EDI issues, as well as signposted to the wider LGA and ADASS work on EDI issues and further useful resources from key sector partners.

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Councils have a critical role to play in reducing inequalities and enhancing inclusion and cohesion within their communities. Below is a range of resources on equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) specific to council adult social care and public health services, providing a central hub where you can access tools to help achieve EDI objectives and meet obligations set out in the Equality Act 2010.

Considering issues of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) and the wider structural factors that impact upon people’s experience of the adult social care system is a critical part of the work councils and partners do.

We have evidence that the experiences of people with protected characteristics outlined in the Equalities Act of both receiving support from the adult social care and public health sector and working within it are very variable. (Note: these characteristics include age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.)

We also know that the COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionally affected some communities, such as black and minority ethnic communities or people with learning disabilities. Work by LGA public health highlights these issues:

A perfect storm - health inequalities and the impact of COVID-19