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

Case studies and projects

Case studies and examples of the work council adult social care and public health teams have undertaken that directly address EDI issues.

COVID Leadership Programme - Bradford
This case study highlights the COVID Leadership Programme in Bradford, set up to help challenge the misconceptions and myths about COVID-19 and the vaccine within black and minority ethnic (BAME) communities.  

Bradford Race Equality Network – COVID-19 Prevention Project  
Since September 2020, Bradford’s Race Equality Network (REN) has been delivering the COVID-19 Prevention Project for BAME and Central Eastern European (CEE) communities, funded by Bradford Council’s Public Health department.

North West ADASS. BAME Staff COVID-19 risk tool.
NW ADASS have developed what is intended to be a practical toolkit for managers working in any adult social care environment, which provides advice and guidance to organisations on risk assessing staff from Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic backgrounds, and identifying appropriate mitigations. The toolkit includes a range of examples of risk assessment tools currently being used across health and social care, a case study from the sector, and some useful links and ‘top tips’ for colleagues undertaking this important work. They also ran and recorded a national event exploring  managing and mitigating the COVID-19 risk to the black, Asian, and minority ethnic (BAME) social care workforce.

Upholding Human Rights: Promoting the vote for adults with learning disabilities.
This case study highlights the work of the Promote the Vote campaign run by social workers in Bradford. The campaign aims to ensure that adults with learning disabilities understand their right to vote and that they are supported to do so when they choose to exercise that right.

What Empowerment Means to Me
These videos highlight the impact and meaning for empowerment for a group of experts by experience.

Wider LGA resources

A selection of relevant materials focused on improving EDI across local government developed by the LGA.

LGA Diverse by Design
This Diverse by Design guide captures 15 key steps that the LGA believes are fundamental in helping local government employers to embed fair values, systems and behaviours throughout their organisation.

LGA Equality and Diversity Statement
This statement sets out the LGA’s commitment to equality and diversity in employment and its commitment to promoting and valuing diversity in every aspect of the work we carry out.

LGA Equality, diversity and inclusion webinars with ACAS
A series of equality-focused webinars in partnership with the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS).

ADASS Social Justice and inclusion
This area of the ADASS website outlines ADASS work on social justice and inclusion

LGA Equality Framework for Local Government (EFLG) 2021

The Equality Framework has been updated to reflect the latest legislation affecting equality such as Gender Pay Gap reporting, the changing context of the local government sector and equality in Britain as well as in response to other significant issues that might affect equality including the UK’s decision to leave the European Union, the increased focus on race equality as a result of the Black Lives Matter movement and the health inequities highlighted by the Coronavirus pandemic.

External resources and guidance

Insightful reports and useful guidance from organisations across the adult social care sector.

Skills for Care  LGBTQ+ learning framework 

This learning framework for working with LGBTQ+ people in later life aims to provide a base for identifying the insights, knowledge, understanding and skills that the social care workforce need to help them work affirmatively, inclusively and effectively with individuals from gender and sexually diverse communities. For use by social care employers, employees, training providers, commissioners and others to build their own knowledge of LGBTQ+ issues, to support colleagues’ understanding, and to create learning programmes which will allow teams to better support LGBTQ+ people in later life.

Public sector: quick start guide to the public sector Equality Duty
This guidance is intended to help public sector organisations understand a key measure in the Equality Act - the Public sector equality duty.

Listen Include Respect guidelines June 2022
About Listen Include Respect. The Listen Include Respect guidelines help organisations understand what they need to do to make sure people with intellectual disabilities are included in their work. They were written by Inclusion International and Down Syndrome International.

The Trust for Developing Communities – The NHS, COVID – 19 and Lockdown: The Black, Asian, Minoritised Ethnic and Refugee Experience in Brighton and Hove
In July 2020, The Trust for Developing Communities and five partners: Sussex Interpreting Services, Hangleton & Knoll Project, Voices in Exile, Network of International Women and Fresh Youth Perspectives, surveyed 310 people from Black, Asian, minoritised ethnic, refugee and migrant communities in Brighton and Hove to find out about their experiences of the NHS, COVID-19 and lockdown.

TLAP. Personalisation in BAME communities.
This report from Think Local Act Personal (TLAP) highlights good examples of personalised care and community-based support for people from ethnically diverse communities.  It features 14 organisations around England offering services for different cohorts of people.

SFC. Supporting the diverse workforce within adult social care
Skills for Care (SFC) have produced a wide range of resources including webinars and blogs, focused on increasing diversity among leaders and managers within adult social care.

Inquiry into racial inequality in health and social care workplaces
The Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) have launched an inquiry into racial inequality in health and social care workplaces. It will look at the experiences and treatment of ethnic minority workers in lower paid roles in the health and social care sectors and seek to document wider work issues highlighted by the pandemic. A survey is available to complete at the above link.

Equally outstanding
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) have published this report highlighting examples of good practice amongst providers in promoting equality and human rights through their services. As well as the examples, the report includes 9 key principles and success factors common to good practice. 

EDI within social work
The British Association of Social Workers (BASW) have published a set of resources focused on ensuring social work is an inclusive profession – including anti-racism within social work and intersectionality.

Social Work England - Equality, diversity and inclusion
Information about Social Work England commitment to EDI (Equality, diversity and inclusion) in social work and regulation.

BAME COVID Advisory Group - Report and Recommendations
This is the report of the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Communities Advisory Group  which fed into the Social Care Sector COVID-19 Taskforce. Through consultations and using co-production principles, the report has ascertained how BAME people using services, and professionals, believe that their ‘race’ or ‘ethnicity’ contributed to their receiving poorer care than white people, and identifying evidence for how these inequalities manifested in the care of BAME people during the pandemic.

Race Equality Foundation - Review of Personal Health Budgets
The report reviews the experiences of people from BAME groups using a Personal health Budget, and makes several key recommendations for Mental Health Commissioners.

Mind - Mental health crisis care: Commissioning Excellence for BAME Groups
This briefing from MIND highlights several key factors to consider when commissioning crisis care services for people from BAME groups.

Personalisation in Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities
Hidden in plain sight - this report highlights organisations providing good personalised and community-based support for Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.