Best Practice Case Studies

EHRC Legal interventions and Southall Black Sisters

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EHRC Legal interventions and Southall Black Sisters

The need to impact assess before making a decision *

Southall Black Sisters (SBS) provides specialist services to Asian and Black Caribbean women, particularly in relation to domestic violence issues. In June 2007, Ealing Council announced proposals to move away from funding particular organisations (such as SBS), towards commissioning services (including domestic violence services) following a competitive bidding exercise.

EHRC Legal interventions and planning permission

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EHRC Legal interventions and planning permission *

The case concerned a decision of the Secretary of State's Inspector to dismiss appeals against the refusal by the London Borough of Bromley to grant applications for planning permission for the retention of a number of touring caravans and mobile homes on a site near Orpington.  The appellants appeal points included that the Inspector failed to have due regard to the need "to promote equality of opportunity......between persons of different racial groups".

Improving library services through involving refugees and asylum seekers

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Improving library services through involving refugees and asylum seekers

In the ‘Refugees into Libraries’ project, Leicester library services sought to involve refugees and asylum seekers in a volunteering scheme as a direct means of getting information about the needs of these communities in Leicester. This information was used to plan for and deliver library services in Leicester.

Improving cervical screening by involving Asian women

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Improving cervical screening by involving Asian women

The Health Development Service in Coventry runs drop-in services and weekly advice sessions targeted at women in Asian communities in the most deprived parts of the city. The involvement of women from the community in identifying the barriers they experience in accessing health services, and proposing ways to improve services to overcome these, is integrated into work to raise health awareness and improve take-up of services through information, advice and support.

Civil service and best practice and equality monitoring

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Civil service and best practice and equality monitoring

ONS use of data to monitor and set its Equality and Diversity Objectives

In 2008/9 ONS recognised the need for a high level management tool which would bring together a range of equality and diversity data to enhance its ability to understand the experience of protected groups in ONS, to identify any issues that may exist and to prioritise which issues needed to be tackled.

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