Equality & Inclusion

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What is the Equality Duty?

The Equality Duty is a duty on public bodies and others carrying out public functions.  It means that public bodies, such as Fakenham Gateway Sure Start Children’s Centre, have to consider all individuals when carrying out their day-to-day work – in shaping policy, in delivering services and in relation to their own employees.

It is against the law to discriminate against anyone because of:

  • age
  • being or becoming a transsexual person
  • being married or in a civil partnership
  • being pregnant or having a child
  • disability
  • race including colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin
  • religion, belief or lack of religion/belief
  • sex
  • sexual orientation

These are called ‘protected characteristics’.

How does Fakenham Gateway Sure Start Children’s Centre meet the equality duty?

The Equality Duty requires that we…

…have due regard to the need to eliminate discrimination

We do this by:

  • making sure appropriate policies are in place
  • following Safer Recruitment procedures
  • using a translation service when necessary
  • making policies clear to parents
  • having a Group Agreement for everyone to follow at our groups and activities

advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and people who do not share it


We do this by:

  • making all services accessible and flexible to meet the needs of all children and families

foster good relations between different people when carrying out our activities

We do this by:

  • using clear language when communicating with families and in all our written materials.
  • Not judging families who use our services
  • Using the Solihull Approach to encourage families to listen to each other and other service users

Specific Duties

Specific duties apply to public bodies in England, such as local authorities and schools.  The specific duties require Fakenham Gateway Sure Start to:

  • publish information every year to show we meet the equality duty; and
  • set and publish equality objectives at least every 4 years

As part of Norfolk County Council, Fakenham Gateway Sure Start Children’s Centre supports Norfolk County Councils Equality Objectives.  Click here to view Norfolk County Council’s Equality Objectives.

Click here for more information on the Equality Act 2010 and your rights

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If you have any questions on Equality & Inclusion please click here to contact us online, call us on 01328 864511 or email ccoffice@fakenham-inf.norfolk.sch.uk