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									     Northumberland County Council
          Race Equality Scheme 2005 - 2008
If you need this document in a different format or language, please call 01670
533649.

Throughout this document, we use the term “black” to refer to people who do or
may experience inequality because of their race, colour, nationality, or culture.
These include people with an African, African Caribbean, Indian, Pakistani,
Bangladeshi, Chinese or other Asian background. However, it may be that
people with such backgrounds would not refer to themselves as black.

Contents                                                                  Page

1. Foreword                                                                  2
2. Why is race equality an important issue for Northumberland                2
   County Council?
3. Information on the black and minority ethnic population of                3
   Northumberland
4. Our commitment to race equality                                           4
5. Monitoring policies and services                                          5
6. Identifying and assessing current and proposed policies and               6
   services
7. Consulting people on the impact of our services, policies and             8
   proposed policies
8. Access to information and services                                        9
9. Communicating this Race Equality Scheme and publishing                   10
    information on our performance
10. Complaints                                                              11
11. Training employees and councillors                                      12
12. Employment                                                              13
13. Action plan                                                             14
14. Responsibility for implementing this Race Equality Scheme               14
15. Where can I find out more?                                              15
Appendix 1 – Assessment of functions, policies and proposed policies        18
for their relevance to race equality
Appendix 2 – Information on our performance of race equality targets        52
Appendix 3 – Race Equality Scheme monitoring report and action              53
plan


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1. Foreword
1.1   Welcome to Northumberland County Council‟s Race Equality Scheme.
      The scheme covers our work to promote race equality and tackle racism
      as an employer and as a major provider of services.

1.2   We (Northumberland County Council) are committed to promoting race
      equality in Northumberland. We want all the people of Northumberland to
      be able to participate fully in the social and economic life of the county,
      without fear of unfair discrimination.

1.3   This commitment is part of our Vision and Values and has led to the
      development of our Race Equality Scheme. A significant outcome of our
      scheme, and all our work to treat people fairly, is to highlight and celebrate
      the diversity of the County and our workforce. The purpose of this
      scheme is to set out how we are integrating race equality in our policy-
      making, service delivery and employment.

1.4   However, we do not see race equality as something that stands alone. It
      is part of our commitment and work to make Northumberland a fairer place
      to live, work and visit, for everybody. This Race Equality Scheme sits
      under the umbrella of our Comprehensive Equalities Policy, which seeks
      to tackle unfair discrimination experienced by people on the basis of their
      gender, disability, race, age, sexuality and religion or belief.

1.5   Although all public bodies are required to have a Race Equality Scheme
      by law, we feel that tackling racism and promoting race equality is in the
      best interests of all those who live in, work in and visit Northumberland.
      Further, we believe that this work is best not done alone, which is why we
      work with other public bodies and voluntary & community organisations in
      the county.

1.6   The county‟s black and minority ethnic (bme) population is not a single
      group but a diverse range of people with different beliefs, cultures,
      interests and lives. We do not believe that bme communities should be
      seen as “a problem”, but as communities that make an enormously
      valuable contribution to the cultural, social and economic life of
      Northumberland.




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2. Why is race equality an important issue for Northumberland
   County Council?
2.1   There are a small number of black and minority ethnic residents in
      Northumberland and their homes are scattered all over the County.
      Because of this, we may be more at risk of not taking their needs and
      views into account. Also, we may have less understanding about their
      lives and cultures because they are not in the majority.

2.2   We acknowledge that racism exists in Northumberland and is a blight on
      the lives of those who experience it. Since we believe that racial
      discrimination is a problem for all, our scheme is for both the majority
      white population and for the minorities in the County.

2.3   By law (the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000), we are required to
      give „due regard‟ to the general duty to promote race equality. The
      general duty to promote race equality is our statutory duty to

         Eliminate racial discrimination
         Promote equal opportunities
         Promote good race relations in Northumberland

      This means we are expected to give appropriate weight to promoting race
      equality when carrying out our work.

2.4   We know that society benefits when we promote our diversity and
      welcome people with different backgrounds, ideas and ways of looking at
      the world. Northumberland can only strengthen its economic, social and
      environmental well-being by working to eliminate racism and promote race
      equality alongside tackling other forms on inequality.

2.5   Schools

      Although schools are part of the County Council, each is managed by a
      separate governing body. This Race Equality Scheme does not cover
      schools; however, every school in the county is required to have a race
      equality policy that will set out how the school will tackle racism and
      promote race equality. For a copy of a school‟s policy, please contact the
      Head Teacher of that school.




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3. Information on the black and minority ethnic population of
   Northumberland?
3.1   In 2004, Northumberland County Council and Northumberland Care Trust
      commissioned research, using information from the 2001 Census, on
      ethnicity, identity and religion in Northumberland.

3.2   The research was developed because (while developing strategies to
      tackle racism and promote race equality) both organisations did not have
      enough information on the black and minority ethnic (bme) population of
      the county. Also, there was concern that our staff may underestimate the
      size and variety of Northumberland‟s population, leading them to see race
      equality as irrelevant to their work. Also, we were aware that national
      policy on race is based on those parts of the country with large bme
      populations. Given that Northumberland has a relatively small bme
      population, we wanted to develop Northumberland‟s policies and services
      based on local rather than national information.

3.3   It became clear that better information on black and minority ethnic
      communities was needed to help staff plan and develop policies and
      services that are more able to take account of the needs and interests of
      these communities.

3.4   As a result, Northumberland Information Network analysed the 2001
      Census to provide a range of information on this varied population.

      This research was disseminated to different organisations in
      Northumberland. Other public bodies in the county have used it to inform
      their Race Equality Schemes.

3.5   The research can be read at http://www.northumberlandinfonet.org.uk . A
      summary is below.

3.6   There are approximately 310,000 people living in Northumberland.
      Around 6,000 (2%) of these people are from a black or minority ethnic
      background. 1% of the population identify themselves as from a white
      minority, such as travellers. A further 1% are from a black minority
      background, such as Indian, Chinese, Pakistani or Bangladeshi. Although
      small, the bme population of Northumberland has doubled in the last 10
      years.

3.7   The districts with the lowest numbers of people in minority ethnic groups
      are Alnwick and Berwick upon Tweed with particularly low numbers of
      people identifying themselves as Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi or Black
      or Black British. Castle Morpeth has the highest number of people overall
      in minority ethnic groups and the most ethnically diverse population. It


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       also has the largest number of people identifying themselves as Indian or
       Chinese. Blyth Valley and Wansbeck districts have the largest numbers of
       people identifying themselves as Pakistani and Bangladeshi.

3.8    By further developing our engagement with bme communities, we will be
       able to find out more about what issues those communities see as most
       important to improving their lives.

3.9    We commissioned the regional bme community organisation network,
       BECON, to ask bme groups and individuals in Northumberland for their
       views on the draft of this Race Equality Scheme and their views on County
       Council services. Four groups were consulted, a total of 17 participants.
       BECON‟s report, “Your Say on Fair Services” was the result of this
       consultation.

3.10   Issues that concerned participants included:

       i) racism experienced by bme children in schools
       ii) the need to promote good race relations in schools
       iii) lack of information and encouragement for people from black and
            minority ethnic communities to become foster carers
       iv) the need for staff to be sensitive to bme cultures
       v) dog litter in the countryside discouraging people to visit
       vi) the need for a mosque in the county
       vii) the lack of commemoration and celebration of bme cultural events in
            Northumberland
       viii)lack of financial and other support for bme organisations
       ix) the need for a wider selection of books and materials promoting
            different cultures and religions
       x) lack of public transport to the General Hospital

3.11   Participants made many recommendations to improve our services. As
       we implement this scheme and our Comprehensive Equalities Policy, the
       Eqaulities Workign Group will consider each recommendation. Further,
       participants recommended an annual consultation event with them on our
       policies and services. This idea will be considered, including the
       possibility of involving other public bodies in this consultation so that bme
       groups are not overloaded by consultations.


4. Our commitment to race equality
4.1    Equality and Diversity are at the heart of the County Council‟s vision for
       Northumberland, which commits the Council to:




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      “ensure that by 2010 Northumberland enjoys a prosperous economy
      supported by high quality services tailored to meet the particular needs of
      all the diverse communities of the County. Our communities will be
      vibrant and sustainable and everyone living here will have the opportunity
      to achieve their full potential.”

4.2   This commitment runs through our most strategic plans such as

         Our Vision and Values
         Getting Personal - Northumberland County Council‟s Strategic
          Statement 2005-2008
         Our Comprehensive Equalities Policy.


4.3   We believe that working to ensure fair treatment for all will improve the
      quality of our services. We also know that it is in everyone‟s best interests
      to make sure that all our employees and potential employees can develop
      their skills and talents to the full. We recognise that people from different
      backgrounds can bring fresh ideas and perceptions. This can make the
      way work is done more efficient and enable services to meet the needs of
      the community more effectively.


5. Monitoring policies and services
5.1   Monitoring helps us check whether our services and organisational culture
      discriminate unfairly against certain people. Without information from
      monitoring, there is no reliable way of knowing whether the way we deliver
      services is consistent across all groups, whether discrimination is taking
      place, or whether our policies to prevent or tackle it are working.
      Monitoring also provides information to allow us to share best practice
      across similar authorities.

5.2   Through monitoring and assessing current policies, or during impact
      assessment of proposed policies, evidence may suggest that a policy
      appears unlawful in view of current anti-discrimination legislation, including
      the general duty. If this is the case, action will be taken to change any
      current policy, and alternatives will be sought for proposed policies.

5.3   At the moment, the County Council monitors our employment and training
      processes. Some of our services also monitor the ethnicity of customers.
      We also monitor the performance of some of our services, for example,
      what educational standards black and minority ethnic pupils attain.

5.4   We will make our monitoring more consistent across all parts of the
      County Council and we are committed to using the information we collect


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      to analyse and improve our services; rather than collecting data for its own
      sake.

5.5   Improving the consistency of our monitoring will cover the following
      stages:

          Setting up appropriate monitoring systems for all relevant functions
           and policies. The most appropriate method of monitoring each
           function, policy or sets of policies will be decided according to the
           circumstances in each case. This may often be conventional ethnic
           record keeping and monitoring but could include surveys, both
           qualitative and quantitative, personal interviews, public consultation
           meetings or focus groups.
          Analysing data from monitoring;
          Determining any action needed to address issues identified in
           monitoring data;
          Changing policies or functions as appropriate; and
          Publishing the results from monitoring.


5.6   In addition to collecting and analysing information collected from
      monitoring our services, we will find ways to use our corporate
      performance management database, called Performance plus, to monitor
      our performance on race equality. This will integrate how we measure our
      performance on race equality with the rest of our performance monitoring.


6. Identifying and assessing current and proposed
   policies and services
6.1   We have a legal duty to set out arrangements to assess the impact of our
      existing and proposed policies and services on different racial groups in
      the community. This assessment will help us

      1. identify barriers to people finding out about, contacting and using our
         services
      2. assess the need for action to remove those barriers.

6.2   In addition to this legal duty

      i.  we have decided to assess the impact of our existing and proposed
          policies and services on the groups targeted by our Comprehensive
          Equalities Policy, namely those unfairly discriminated against on the
          basis of gender, disability, race, age, sexuality and religion or belief.
      ii. The Council‟s performance will be assessed in accordance with the
          Equality Standard for Local Government, which is a national


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           performance indicator. Undertaking equality impact assessments will
           be part of our work to reach level 2 of the standard.
      iii. We also believe that assessing the impact of our work on tackling
           unfair discrimination and promoting equality will increase the trust that
           customers, the public and our staff have in us, enhance value for
           money, and help us better understand the needs of our customers.

6.3   What do we mean by “impact”?

      Impact could be:

         A negative or adverse impact - where a policy disadvantages one or
          some of our equality target groups.
         A positive impact - where a policy has a positive influence on an
          equality target group or some equality target groups, or improves equal
          opportunities and/or relationships between groups.
         Neutral impact - where a policy, service or project has a similar impact
          upon groups, whether they belong to an equality target group or not..

6.4   As part of our work to assess the impact of our services, policies and
      proposed policies upon our equality target groups, we will develop a
      process for doing so and train and support relevant staff to carry out that
      process.

6.5   We have considered which policies and areas of our work are relevant to
      our statutory duty to eliminate racial discrimination, promote equal
      opportunities, and to promote good relations between people of different
      races in Northumberland. We did this because the weight we give to race
      equality should be in proportion to how relevant a function or policy is to
      our duty to tackle racism and promote race equality.

6.6   We first considered this in 2002 and have now revised that assessment to
      take into account changes in the council‟s structure, services and policies
      since then. The revision was undertaken by a group of staff from each
      directorate who:

      1. Updated the list of functions, policies and proposed policies
      2. Assessed their relevance to the general duty to tackle racism and
         promote race equality
      3. Assessed whether the amount of evidence and public concern had
         changed since 2002.

      Results of the assessment are shown in appendix 1.




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6.7   As part of our work to comply with the Race Relations (Amendment) Act
      and achieve the Equality Standard for Local Government, we will publish a
      timetable for equality impact assessments over the coming years.

6.8   The detail for each assessment and consultation exercise will be
      determined on an individual policy basis as a full impact assessment is
      unlikely to be required for every service, policy or proposed policy. An
      initial assessment „screening‟ based on existing knowledge and data will
      assist the County Council in determining whether a full impact assessment
      is required.

6.9   Where a full impact assessment is required this will involve:

         Setting clear policy aims and objectives;
         Collecting existing data from the monitoring of our services (see
          section above) and commissioned research if necessary;
         Using the data to decide whether the service or policy affects or is
          likely to affect different racial groups, directly or indirectly, in different
          ways;
         Considering changes to the service or policy to prevent any adverse
          impact or unlawful discrimination, whilst still delivering the aims of the
          policy;
         Consulting members of the public and interested parties on the
          proposed changes;
         Taking account of all assessments and consultations before making a
          final decision;
         Making arrangements for monitoring and reviewing the service or
          policy and its impact; and
         Publishing the results of the impact assessment, consultation and
          monitoring.




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7. Consulting people on the impact of our services,
   policies and proposed policies
7.1   We do not underestimate the importance of consulting, involving and
      working with communities across a wide range of issues and services.
      We have set out our approach to consultation in our Engaging with Our
      Community Framework. Consultation is one of the four types of
      community engagement in our framework and will involve staff and
      members of the council, people who use our services, members of the
      community, and our partners.

7.2   To support our consultation with people, we produced a series of guides
      detailing different methods of engagement, when and how to use them,
      and the pros and cons of each. We are also aware of the Commission for
      Racial Equality‟s guidance on consultation and Devon County Council‟s
      guidance on involving and consulting people from bme and faith
      communities.

7.3   The need to engage with people from black and minority ethnic
      communities is referred to in both the framework and the guides. We are
      clear that there is no one method that will effectively enable people from
      black and minority ethnic communities to have their say on what we do or
      are proposing to do. This is why the guides cover many different
      methods.

7.4   We are developing ways to consult with the small numbers of people from
      black and minority ethnic communities in Northumberland. Over the last
      two years we have developed a good relationship with

         BECON, the regional Black Ethnic Minority Communities Organisation
          Network, to which we are affiliated, and with
         the Young People‟s Equality Group who came together out of the work
          undertaken by Our PART – a national award winning action research
          project in the county.

      We have involved both these organisations in the developed of this
      scheme (see section 3.9, above) and our Comprehensive Equalities
      Policy.

7.5   Due to the very small number of organisations that represent bme
      communities in the county, we have also engaged with individuals from
      those communities. We have done this when organising events, such as
      Holocaust Memorial Day and hosting a Show Racism the Red Card event.




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7.6   Further, we are looking at how we can co-ordinate our consultation with
      bme communities with other organisations in Northumberland to make
      sure we do not excessively consult the same people.

7.7   However, we need to do more to develop ways to consult with people from
      black and minority ethnic communities in Northumberland so they can tell
      us what issues are important to them and how we can improve our
      services.


8. Access to information and services
8.1   We recognise that there must be equal access to the services and
      information we provide to all people. We also recognise that certain
      sectors of the community may have difficulties in accessing services and
      information because of how we deliver them, and they may suffer
      discrimination as a result.

8.2   The County Council produces a number of publications (including
      directories of services), has a comprehensive web site (including a section
      dedicated to equality), participates in various events, and uses the media
      for advertising, campaigning and press articles. We have many methods
      of communicating internally, including an intranet website, for all
      employees.

8.3   Information in languages other than English
      Although there is no accurate information on the numbers of people in the
      county for whom English is not their first language, the data from schools
      suggest it is small. At the time of writing, 70 children are receiving support
      to learn English.

      Hence, rather than translate all our publications into a number of different
      languages, we will

         Research the best places, methods and languages to use to reach our
          minority language population.
         Make it clear that any of our publications can be translated or put into
          another format.

8.4   We will change our Accessible Information Policy to ensure that printed
      materials make it clear that people can request information in different
      languages and how to access interpreters.

8.5   In future we will monitor our functions and policies associated with the
      publication of information, to ensure that information and services are
      accessible. If monitoring shows that there are barriers to accessing
      information and services those barriers will be identified and action taken.


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9. Communicating this Race Equality Scheme and
   publishing information on our performance
9.1      As part of the Race Relations Amendment Act (2000) we have a duty to
         publish the results of any assessments, consultation and monitoring
         relevant to our duty to tackle racism and promote race equality.

9.2      To date, we have communicated the Race Equality Scheme and
         published our progress of its implementation by:

      i. Updating the council‟s Equalities Working Group, the group responsible
           for developing, monitoring and revising this Race Equality Scheme, on
           progress.
      ii. Creating an Equalities page on our website at
           http://www.northumberland.gov.uk/cs_leaflet4.asp where you can read a
           copy of the Scheme itself, our reports of the first three years of the
           scheme‟s operation, details of how to report a racist incident and all our
           other news and information on equalities.
      iii. Promoting the scheme to staff by
                Producing a guide to staff on promoting race equality. We
                   produced 15,000 guides; and sent a copy to every member of staff.
                   A copy is also available on the Equalities page of our website.
                Publicising the scheme in the staff newsletter, the Chief Executive‟s
                   bulletin and the Managers Memo.
      iv. Raising the issue at meetings of the Northumberland Race Equality
           Group, the forum of organisations in Northumberland we established in
           collaboration with BECON.
      v. Promoting the scheme in Northumberland Magazine, the former County
           Council publication to all households in the county.

9.3      We will continue to use the above methods, for communicating the
         scheme, publishing the results of monitoring and impact assessments,
         and for informing people about its progress more generally. We will also
         develop new ways to do so, including through the networks of staff,
         voluntary & community organisations and public authorities that we will
         continue to develop and strengthen over the next few years.

9.4      We will assess our staff‟s awareness of the scheme.

9.5      We will produce an annual report that will show the progress we have
         made on putting our scheme into practice, as well as reviewing the action
         plan.

9.6      We will produce a workforce monitoring report and will tell staff the results
         of our assessments.




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10. Complaints
10.1   Northumberland County Council is committed to providing a high standard
       of service to all of its customers - we always try to do the best we can with
       the resources we have available, but sometimes we make mistakes.
       However, we aim to learn from those mistakes and the complaints
       procedure is seen as a very important part of our continuous improvement
       programme.

10.2   We have recently updated our leaflet on how to complain about our
       services, including information about how people can receive a copy of the
       leaflet in languages other than English. Also, there is a page on our
       website to help people complain.

10.3   We do not monitor the ethnicity of people who complain but we do take
       note of complaints that have a racial element to them. As part of our
       equality impact assessments, we will assess the impact of our complaints
       system on tackling racism and promoting race equality. If this assessment
       shows
        that there are barriers to people from bme communities complaining
          and/or
        our information about complaints related to tackling racism and
          promoting race equality is not robust

       we will take action to remedy this.

10.4   Monitoring complaints is only one of the ways we measure how well we
       are doing in tackling racism and promoting race equality. In addition to
       regularly monitoring our action plan (see Appendix 3), we monitor
       indicators of our performance, set nationally. This information is in
       Appendix 2. By publishing this information each year; people can judge
       our performance and measure it against that of other councils.




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11. Training employees and councillors
11.1   To make sure that we tackle racism and promote race equality effectively,
       we give staff and councillors relevant training and skills to understand the
       issues involved and put this scheme into practice.

11.2   We have developed the following training programme:

       For all staff
       The Equal Opportunities in Service Delivery course is delivered through
       an open learning booklet called „The Winning Combination‟. This focuses
       on treating people equally to give a good quality service.

       For teaching staff
       A number of courses are available, including one on cultural awareness
       and promoting the equality of travellers.

       For managers and those involved in recruiting and selecting staff
       The Equal Opportunities Foundation course aims to help staff apply good
       equal opportunities practice to enhance their organisational effectiveness.
       There is also a refresher course available.

       For councillors, senior managers and managers/staff involved in policy
       development
       There is a short course that outlines the requirements of the Race
       Relations (Amendment) Act 2000 and the Equality Standard for Local
       Government. This course should also help councillors and staff assess
       the implications on equality for each key decision made by the council.

11.3   In addition to the above training, staff are given training relevant to their
       specific role or their role around reporting racist incidents.

11.4   In the run up to local elections in 2004 and following the 2005 elections,
       the Deputy Leader sent all County Councillors information to counter
       misinformation about asylum seekers and refugees.


11.5   We will review this training and development programme to ensure it
       meets the needs of this Race Equality Scheme and our Comprehensive
       Equalities Policy. Following this review, a training and development
       strategy for equality will be developed. This strategy will include the
       training and development work needed to undertake equality impact
       assessments to meet the requirements of this scheme and the Equality
       Standard for Local Government.




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12. Employment
12.1   The County Council is required to monitor by reference to racial group:

                Staff in post,
                Applicants for employment, training and promotion,
                Staff who receive training,
                Staff who benefit or suffer detriment as a result of its
                 performance assessment procedures,
                Staff that are involved in the grievance procedure,
                Staff that are subject of disciplinary procedures, or
                People that cease employment with the County Council.

       We are also required to publish annually the results of this monitoring.

12.2   Evidence from the 2001 Census shows that staff from bme communities
       are under-represented in employment at the County Council compared
       with the population as a whole.

12.3   We aim to have a workforce that is representative of the diverse
       communities of Northumberland.

12.4   To achieve this aim, we will analyse all ethnic monitoring in employment,
       and take appropriate action. This will include any necessary “positive
       action” to remedy any problems where significant or persistent racial
       inequalities are identified and cannot be fully explained by justifiable
       factors.


13. Action plan
13.1   Appendix 3 is our action plan for this Race Equality Scheme. It
       updates the action plan set out in our scheme of 2002.

13.2   As we progress our work on the national Equality Standard for Local
       Government, we will incorporate this action plan into our action plan to
       implement our Comprehensive Equalities Policy.

13.3   In readiness for this, we have set out our Race Equality Scheme action
       plan using the same headings as those for the action plan to implement
       our Comprehensive Equalities Policy:

      Part One: Leadership – and corporate commitment
      Part Two: Consultation – including data collection, community
       development and scrutiny


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      Part Three: Service Delivery and Customer Care
      Part Four: Employment and Training

       However, once we have merged these action plans, the actions related to
       this scheme will be highlighted so that you will be able to identify them
       easily.

13.4   We will review the action plan each year and publish the results of this
       review.


14. Responsibility for implementing this Race Equality
    Scheme
14.1   Putting our Race Equality Scheme into action is the responsibility of the
       following:

       The Executive: To set a constructive framework for race equality within
       the County Council and ensure performance targets are met. This
       includes approval for this scheme. The Deputy Leader has the specific
       responsibility for equality.

       All Councillors: All councillors have a role in representing their
       constituents, including those unfairly discriminated against or who receive
       less favourable treatment on the grounds of their race.

       Those councillors not on the Executive have a specific role in scrutinising
       this Race Equality Scheme.

       Chief Executive and Management Board: For ensuring the scheme is
       implemented and performance is monitored within their directorates. The
       County Council‟s Equalities Working Group undertakes this responsibility.
       It has representation from every directorate and is supported by the Policy
       Officer dedicated to equality and diversity.

       Director of Personnel and Administration: For ensuring that
       employment policies and good practice are implemented and monitored.

       Managers: All managers are expected to take positive measures to
       address inequality and promote equality of opportunity for all.

       To support them in this work, each directorate has a group that leads on
       equality for that directorate.




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    Employees: Every employee plays an integral part in making this
    scheme effective and should seek to put it into practice in all aspects of
    their work.

15. Where can I find out more?
    For further information about this scheme and to find out more about the
    County Council‟s work on equality, please contact

    Neil Shashoua, Policy Officer, Executive Support Unit, Chief Executive‟s
    Directorate, Northumberland County Council, County Hall, Morpeth,
    Northumberland NE61 2EF

    Telephone: 01670 533649
    Fax:        01670 533072
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Appendix 1 – Assessment of functions, policies
and proposed policies for their relevance to race
equality
CHIEF EXECUTIVE‟S DIRECTORATE


Team          Functions, policies and          Relevance to general duty?          Degree of relevance?
              proposed policies
                                               Eliminate          Is there         How          Is there any public
                                               Discrimination 1   evidence or      much         concern that
                                                                  reason to        evidence     functions/policies
                                               Promote EOP 2      believe that     do you       are being operated
                                                                  some racial      have         in a discriminatory
                                               Promoting good     groups could                  manner?
                                               race relations 3   be differently   0 none
                                                                  affected?        1 a little   0 none
                                                                                   2 some       1 a little
                                                                                   3 a lot      2 some
                                                                                                3 a lot
Executive     Supporting the County Council in 1, 2, 3            No               0            0
Support       the implementation of corporate
              policy, organisational and
              service improvement initiatives in
              support of County services.

              Advising Chief Executive and     1, 2, 3            No               0            0
              Assistant Chief Executive on

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              corporate policy issues.

              Monitoring and advising the        1, 2, 3        No    0    0
              Chief Executive on the
              effectiveness of the Council‟s
              political management
              arrangements.
                                                 1, 2, 3        No    No   No
              Monitoring and advising on the
              implications of Government
              policy and initiatives.
                                                 1,2,3          Yes   1    0
              Advising on the Council‟s
              approach to devolution and co-
              ordinating the work of the Area
              Committees.
                                                 1,2,3          Yes   1    0
              Developing and co-ordinating the
              Council‟s approach to equalities
              and diversity
                                                 1, 2           No    No   No
              Providing secretarial and
              administrative support for
              Executive members and the
              Chief Executive‟s office.



Corporate     Strategic Planning Process         1, 2, 3        Yes   0    0
Performance

              Publication of the Best Value      1, 2, 3        Yes   1    0
              Performance Plan and Best
              Value Summary Plan



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                Performance management           1, 2, 3        Yes   0   0


                Improvement Reviews              1, 2, 3        Yes   0   0

                Best Practice Awards             1, 2, 3        No    0   0

                Investors in People              1, 2, 3        No    0   0

Communications To manage and implement the       1, 2, 3        Yes   1   0
and Marketing  Corporate Communications
               Strategy.

                To develop and implement the     1, 2, 3        Yes   2   1
                Corporate Accessible
                Information Policy.

                To conduct consultation on       1, 2, 3        Yes   0   0
                corporate issues.

                To produce written information   1, 2, 3        Yes   1   0
                about the County Council‟s
                services and policies.



                Review and revise the NCC        1, 2, 3        Yes   1   0
                corporate website structure in
                consultation with the e-
                government team

                To promote and develop           1, 2, 3        Yes   1   0
                electronic as well as printed
                versions of County Council
                literature
                                                 1, 2, 3        No    0   0
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                  To promote the County Council
                  nationally, locally, regionally and
                  corporately through the use of
                  press releases, newspaper
                  articles and local publications

                  To promote Northumberland as          1, 3           NO    0   0
                  a holiday destination to visitors,
                  which will impact on the
                  economic development of
                  Northumberland. This includes
                  electronic and printed
                  publications.

Youth Offending   To carry out the Councils             1, 2, 3        Yes   2   0
Service           Statutory responsibility to young
                  offenders as children in need.
Youth Justice
Plan              To carry out the Councils‟            1,2, 3         Yes   2   0
                  statutory duty to reduce Youth
                  Crime under the Crime and
                  Disorder Act 1998.

                  Responsible for the                   1,2, 3         Yes   2   0
                  management of a multi agency
                  team delivering a wide range of
                  services related to the Youth
                  Justice System in accordance
                  with National Guidelines and
                  Standards.                            1,2, 3         Yes   1   0
                       To take all referrals in
                         relation to Young              1, 2           Yes   1   0
                         offenders                      1, 2, 3
                       To carry out assessments        )              )     )   )
                       Court Proceedings               )              )     )   )
                                                        )              )     )   )
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                        Supervision of Young        )                         )                 )             )
                         Offenders                   )                         )                 )             )
                        Delivery of programmes      )                         )                 )             )
                         to reduce offending         )                         )                 )             )
                        Working with Victims of     )   1, 2 and 3 would      ) Yes, for all    ) There is    ) There is little
                         Crime                       )   apply to all bullet   ) bullet points   ) some        ) evidence that
                        Provide response to         )   points in Column      in                ) evidence    these
                         police and Courts out of    )   2                     ) Column 2        ) for the     ) have been raised
                         office Hours                )                         )                 ) relevance   ) as a matter of
                        Ensuring delivery of        )                         )                 ) on bullet   ) public concern
                         appropriate services to     )                         )                 ) points      ) locally
                         support young offenders     )                         )                 )             )
                         and their families          )                         )                 )             )
                        Pursue partnership          )                         )                 )             )
                         activities with other       )                         )                 )             )
                         agencies authorities to     )                         )                 )             )
                         meet Statutory objectives   )                         )                 )             )
                        To promote social           )                         )                 )             )
                         inclusion through           )                         )                 )             )
                         education, health                                     )                               )
                         services, housing, social
                         and leisure services
                  .
SORTED!           To support the DAT strategy by
(young people‟s   providing substance misuse         1, 2, 3                   Yes               1             0
substance         treatment and care to young
misuse)           people in Northumberland

                  Responsible for the
                  management of a multi agency       1, 2, 3                   Yes               1             0
                  team to provide a range of
                  services related to substance
                  misuse in line with National
                  Treatment Agency standards


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Drug             To support the DAT strategy by
Intervention     providing throughcare and               1, 2, 3        Yes   1   0
Programme        aftercare support to those
(DIP)            involved in the criminal justice
                 system and who are also
                 misusing substances

                 Responsible for the
                 management for a multi agency           1, 2, 3        Yes   1   0
                 team to provide a range of
                 interventions related to
                 substance misuse and the
                 criminal justice system in line
                 with National Standards


Drug Action      To develop implement and                1, 2, 3        Yes   2   0
Team     (DAT)   monitor at a County level the
                 Governments 10 year anti drugs
DAT Template,    strategy
Young Peoples
substance
Misuse Plan            Promoting education and          1, 2, 3        Yes   2   0
                        drugs prevention
                        initiatives to reduce the
                        misuse of substances.

                       Commissioning services           1, 2, 3        Yes   2   0
                        for the Treatment and
                        care of substance
                        misusers

Community        To support the County Council in        1, 2, 3        Yes   2   0
Safety Team      fulfilling its responsibilities under
                 Section 17 of the Crime and

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Crime Reduction Disorder Act 1998 to consider
Strategies      the effect of Crime and Disorder
                and the need to prevent it
Crime audits    whenever it exercises its
                functions.
                                                       1, 2, 3        Yes   2   0
                 To formulate and implement a
                 strategy for the reduction of
                 Crime and Disorder in the
                 County Council Area

                        To participate in the         1, 2, 3        Yes   2   0
                         completion of Crime
                         Audits
                        To participate in the         1, 2, 3        Yes   2   0
                         production of Crime
                         Reduction Strategies
                        Pursue Partnership            1, 2, 3        Yes   2   0
                         activities with other
                         agencies authorities in
                         fulfilling Statutory duties

Emergency        To develop, implement and             1, 2, 3        Yes   2   0
Planning         monitor the Community
                 Assistance Plan for use in a
                 major civil emergency

                 To ensure that Emergency              1, 2, 3        Yes   2   0
                 Planning Personnel and
                 volunteers are appropriately
                 skilled, trained and qualified

                 To co-ordinate the Council‟s          1, 2, 3        Yes   2   0
                 major incident recovery
                 programmes and initiatives

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                         To co-ordinate the Council‟s           1, 2, 3        Yes   2   1
                         provision of temporary
                         accommodation for the
                         community in the event of a
                         major emergency

                                                                1, 2, 3        Yes   2   0
                         To provide advice, guidance and
                         information to all members of the
                         public who contact Emergency
                         Planning


Regeneration             Economic Regeneration:
(Coordination of         Activities include attraction of
County Council’s         inward investment; support for
regeneration
policies and             local businesses and social            2,3            Yes   1
activities relating to   enterprise; strategic initiatives to
economic, social         provide business
and environmental        accommodation and other
regeneration)            facilities; secure infrastructure
                         and environment to provide
                         sustainable employment.
                         Social Regeneration: Activities
                         include leading Removing
                         Barriers to Work Initiative and        1,2,3          Yes   1
                         Partnership; delivery of projects
                         tackling social exclusion.

                         Environmental Regeneration:
                         Activities include working in
                         partnership with other agencies        2              Yes   1
                         and communities to enhance
                         environmental regeneration;

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delivery of Northumberland
Renewable Energy and Energy
Efficiency Strategy.




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External Funding: Activities
include the promotion of
awareness and take up of
external funding; contribution to   2,3        Yes   1
the development of EU and other
funding policies; making the case
for resources for the County.

Northumberland Information
Network: Sub-regional research
and intelligence unit providing     2,3        Yes   1
support to NCC, NSP and partner
agencies for the development of
policies and programmes.

Partnership Working :
Coordination of the County
Council‟s regeneration policies
and activities by working through   2,3        Yes   1
the Northumberland Strategic
Partnership and other
mechanisms within an integrated
approach to economic, social and
environmental regeneration.




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CHILDREN‟S SERVICES DIRECTORATE

Team         Functions, policies and             Relevance to general duty           Degree of relevance
             proposed policies

                                                 Eliminate          Is there         How much       Is there any public
                                                 Discrimination 1   evidence or      evidence do    concern that
                                                                    reason to        you have       functions/policies
                                                 Promote EOP 2      believe that                    are being operated
                                                                    some racial      0 none         in a discriminatory
                                                 Promoting good     groups could     1 a little     manner?
                                                 race relations 3   be differently   2 some
                                                                    affected?        3 a lot
                                                                                                    0 none
                                                                                                    1 a little
                                                                                                    2 some
                                                                                                    3 a lot

Children‟s   To provide advice, guidance and     1, 2, 3            Yes              1              0
Division     information to all members of the
             public who contact the Children‟s
             Division

             To ensure that referral processes   1, 2, 3            Yes              1              1
             discriminate effectively between                                                       Only 1 complaint with
             different types and level of need                                                      any racial
             and produce a timely response                                                          implications


             To work with other agencies and     1, 2, 3            Yes              2              1
             organisations to reduce                                                                Working with other
             disadvantage and promote social                                                        agencies to develop
             inclusion                                                                              specialist fostering
                                                                                                    scheme for BME
                                                                                                    children

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To ensure that children are           1, 2, 3        Yes   3               1
securely attached to carers                                Often unable
capable of providing effective care                        to place
for the duration of childhood                              children with
                                                           carers from
                                                           own cultural
                                                           background
To ensure that children are         1, 2, 3          Yes   1               1
protected from emotional, physical,
sexual abuse and assault

To ensure that children who are
looked after gain maximum life        1,2, 3         Yes   1               1
chance benefits from educational
opportunities, health care and
social care

To actively involve users and
carers in planning services and in 1, 2, 3           Yes   2               0
tailoring individual packages of                           Few links
care; and to ensure effective                              made with
mechanisms are in place to handle                          different bme
complaints                                                 groups to
                                                           consult re:
                                                           services
To ensure through regulatory
powers and duties that children in    1, 2, 3        Yes                   0
regulated services are protected                           2
from harm and poor care                                    Lack of info
standards                                                  about needs
                                                           of diff bme
                                                           groups
To ensure that social care workers
are appropriately skilled, trained    1, 2, 3        Yes   2               1
and qualified
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              To maximise the benefit from the
              resources available allowing for     1, 2, 3        Yes   2   0
              choice and different responses for
              different needs and circumstances


Special       Statementing process                 2              no    0   0
Educational
Needs         Deployment of specialist teaching    2              no    0   0
              teams

              Behaviour support plan               2              no    0   0

              SEN policy                           2              no    0   0

School        Education Development Plan           1, 2, 3        Yes   3   1
Improvement
Division      Pupil performance monitoring         1, 2           Yes   3   0

              Curriculum guidance                  1, 2, 3        Yes   3   1

              Curriculum policy                    1, 2, 3        Yes   3   1

              Healthy Schools Initiative           1, 2, 3        Yes   3   0

              School Improvement Monitoring        1, 2           No    1   1

              Continuing Professional              1, 2, 3        Yes   2   1
              Development Delivery

              SACRE                                1, 2, 3        Yes   3   1

              Teacher recruitment                  1, 2, 3        Yes   2   1



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                Headteacher appointment               1, 2, 3        Yes   2   1

                Capability and Disciplinary           1, 2, 3        Yes   2   0
                procedures

                Governor training programme           2, 3           Yes   2   1

                LEA Governor recruitment              2, 3           Yes   2   1

                Staff training                        2              Yes   2   0

                School budgets                        1, 2           No    0   0

                Personnel services to schools         1, 2           Yes   1   0

School          School Organisation Plan              2              No    1   0
Organisation
                Admissions policy                     1, 2, 3        Yes   2   0

                Transport policy                      1, 2           Yes   2   0

                Free school meal entitlement          1, 2           Yes   2   0

                Student loans                         1, 2           Yes   2   0

                Education Maintenance allowance       1, 2           Yes   2   0

Early Years     Early Years Development               1, 2, 3        Yes   3   0
Development     Childcare Plan Policy
and Childcare                                         1, 2, 3        Yes   3   0
Partnership     Information and publicity
                                                      1, 2           Yes   3   0
                Recruitment into childcare industry

                Monitoring of childcare provision     2, 3           Yes   2   1

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                Training and recruitment of          1, 2, 3        Yes   2   0
                providers

                Staff training                       2              Yes   2   0

                Monitoring of ethnic groups          1, 2, 3        Yes   2   0

Life Long       Educational provision for minority   1, 2, 3        Yes   2   0
Learning        groups

                Education other than in school       1, 2, 3        Yes   2   0

                Deployment of support for            1, 2, 3        Yes   2   0
                attendance

                Youth Service                        1, 2, 3        Yes   2   1

                Adult Education                      1, 2, 3        Yes   2   1

                Education Welfare Service            1, 2, 3        Yes   2   0

                Northumberland Training Agency       1, 2, 3        No    2   0

                Travellers‟ Education Team           1, 2, 3        Yes   2   1

                Education Support (LAC)              1, 2, 3        No    2   0

Northumberland Northumberland Sport Strategy         1,2,3          No    1   0
Sport
               Information and publicity             1,2,3                2   0
                                                                    No
                Recruitment                          1,2,3                2   0
                and training of sports coaches                      No



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Delivery and monitoring of          1,2,3             1   0
projects/programmes                              No

Child Protection Policy             1,2,3             2   0
                                                 No
Racial Equality Charter for Sport   1,2,3             2   0
                                                 No




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COMMUNITY AND ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES DIRECTORATE

Team             Functions, policies and             Relevance to general duty?          Degree of relevance?
                 proposed policies
                                                     Eliminate          Is there         How          Is there any public
                                                     Discrimination 1   evidence or      much         concern that
                                                                        reason to        evidence     functions/policies
                                                     Promote EOP 2      believe that     do you       are being operated
                                                                        some racial      have         in a discriminatory
                                                     Promoting good     groups could                  manner?
                                                     race relations 3   be differently   0 none
                                                                        affected?        1 a little
                                                                                         2 some       0 none
                                                                                         3 a lot      1 a little
                                                                                                      2 some
                                                                                                      3 a lot

Policy and       Preparation of the County           1                  No               0            0
Programmes       Structure Plan and Local
                 Transport Plan

                 Preparation, monitoring and         1                  No               0            0
                 review of policy relating to
                 strategic planning, the
                 environment, transport and
                 highway maintenance

Minerals Waste   Processing all minerals and         1                  No               0            0
and Control      waste planning applications and
                 responsible for functions
                 ancillary to these activities


Transport        Maintaining the network and         1                  No               0            0
Services         modifying the provision of public

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                transport to meet the needs of
                the public, industry and
                commerce whilst striving to
                achieve quality standards in
                partnership with transport
                operators

Environmental   Reclamation of derelict and          1        No   0   0
Projects        despoiled land requiring
                treatment in Northumberland

                Landscape advice and design          1        No   0   0
                including assisting in the
                formulation of policy, the
                preparation of management
                plans, the provision of advice on
                development and land use
                change

Countryside     Provision of integrated              1        No   0   0
Service         conservation and countryside
                management throughout
                Northumberland

                Care of archaeological, historic     1        No   0   0
                and nature conservation
                resources


                Ensuring that the rights of way      1        No   0   0
                network is legally defined

Accessibility   Promotion of sustainable             1        No   0   0
                transport, introduction of traffic
                regulation orders and road

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                  safety

Administration    Provision of management             1              No    0   0
                  support and administrative
                  services

Waste             The efficient management and        1              No    0   0
Management        safe disposal of household and
                  commercial waste

Libraries, Arts   Buy materials                       1, 2, 3        Yes   2   0
And Archives
                  Lend materials                      1, 2, 3        Yes   2   0

                  Answer enquiries                    2, 3           Yes   1   0

                  Operate SLAs (Schools and           2, 3           Yes   1   0
                  Prisons)

                  Archives Service                    2, 3           No    0   0

                  Modern records management           2, 3           No    0   0

                  Staff training                      2,3            Yes   2   0
Trading
Standards

Principal         To develop, implement and           1, 2, 3        Yes   1   0
Management        monitor strategic policies within
Team              Trading Standards

                  To work with other agencies and 1, 2, 3            Yes   1   1
                  organisations to reduce
                  disadvantage and promote
                  social inclusion

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                  To ensure effective mechanisms 1, 2, 3          Yes   2   0
                  are in place to handle
                  complaints
                                                   1, 2, 3        Yes   2   1
                  To ensure through regulatory
                  powers and duties that the
                  public and businesses are
                  protected from all issues within
                  their authority
                                                   1, 2, 3        Yes   2   0
                  To provide advice, guidance and
                  information to all members of
                  the public who contact Trading
                  Standards

Fair Trading      To provide advice and guidance   1, 2, 3        Yes   2   0
                  in matters relating to Fair
                  Trading and enforcement duties
                  as required

                  To liaise with the community,    1, 2, 3        Yes   1   0
                  consumers and traders in
                  promoting Fair Trading issues

Food,             To provide advice and guidance   1, 2, 3        Yes   2   0
Agriculture and   in matters relating to Food,
Animal Health     Agriculture and Animal Health
                  issues and provide enforcement
                  duties as required

                  To liaise with the community,    1, 2, 3        Yes   1   0
                  consumers and traders in
                  promoting relevant issues



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Metrology       To provide advice and guidance     1, 2, 3        Yes   2   0
                in matters relating to metrology
                issues and provide enforcement
                duties as required

                To liaise with the community,      1, 2, 3        Yes   1   0
                consumers and traders in
                promoting relevant issues

Consumer        To liaise with traders and         1, 2, 3        Yes   1   0
Safety &        consumers in promoting issues
Environment &   relating to the prevention of
Customer        under age sales
Helpline
                To provide advice and guidance     1, 2, 3        Yes   2   0
                in matters relating to consumer
                safety issues and provide
                enforcement duties as required

                To provide a public helpline       1, 2, 3        Yes   2   1
                offering advice, guidance and
                support to consumers and
                traders

Professional    To develop, implement and          1, 2, 3        Yes   1   0
Development     maintain performance indicators
and Support     relating to the effectiveness of
                the service

                To ensure adequate publication     1, 2, 3        Yes   1   0
                schemes are in operation

                To review existing policies        1, 2, 3        Yes   1   0




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                To conduct consultation on          1, 2, 3        Yes        2   0
                Trading Standards Issues

                To maintain effective information 1, 2, 3          Yes        1   0
                systems

                To ensure that Trading             1, 2, 3         Yes        2   0
                Standards Personnel are
                appropriately skilled, trained and
                qualified


Personnel and   Personnel and Training              1, 2, 3        No         0   0
Training
Support

Property        Decisions in respect of what and 1                 Possible   0   0
                which property needs to be
                repaired or new build

                Design of property and facilities   1              Possible   0   0

                Conduct of staff and sub            1              Possible   0   0
                contractors

Highways        General contact with the public     1              Possible   0   0
                – providing advice on service


                Decision on highways works to       1              Possible   0   0
                be undertaken through technical
                evaluation / non-discriminatory

                Conduct of staff and sub            1              Possible   0   0
                contractors

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School Meals   Provision of school meals            1           Possible in   1   0
                                                                menu choice

               Conduct of staff                     1           Possible in   1   0
                                                                menu choice

Transport      Provision of transport to internal   1           No            0   0
               departments and lease cars to
               employees
                                                                No
               Provision of maintenance             1                         0   0
               service to internal departments
               and on lease cars
                                                                No
               Conduct of staff                     1                         0   0

               Delivery of Mail                     1           No            0   0

               Collection of Cash etc.              1           No            0   0

               Distribution Services                1           No            0   0

               Procurement, provision and
               delivery of supplies in              1           NO            0   0
               accordance with customer
               requests

Cleaning       Provision of building cleaning       None        No            0   0
               services in accordance with a
               defined technical specification

               Conduct of staff                     None        No            0   0

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Facilities   Provision of reception and   1           Possible   0   0
             switchboard services
             Conduct of staff             1           Possible   0   0

Grounds      Provision of Grounds         None        No         0   0
             maintenance services in
             accordance with a defined
             technical specification

             Conduct of staff             None        No         0   0




                                                 41                      25 April 2005
FINANCE DIRECTORATE


Team         Functions, policies and          Is it relevant to the general duty?   How relevant is it?
             proposed policies
                                              Eliminate         Is there           How much        Is there any public
                                               Discrimination    evidence or        evidence do     concern that
                                               1                 reason to          you have        functions/policies
                                              Promote Equal     believe that                       are being operated
                                               Opportunities 2   some racial        0 none          in a discriminatory
                                              Promoting         groups could be    1 a little      manner?
                                               good race         differently        2 some
                                               relations 3       affected?          3 a lot
                                                                                                    0 none
                                                                                                    1 a little
                                                                                                    2 some
                                                                                                    3 a lot


Finance      Budget policy (Cap and Rev)      1, 2, 3            No                 0               0

             Allocation of resources within   1, 2, 3            No                 0               0
             services

             Charging policies                1, 2, 3            No                 0               0

             Timely payment of invoices etc   1, 2, 3            No                 0               0

             All communication and            1, 2, 3            Yes                1               0
             publications (languages) e.g.
             Council Tax leaflet
Asset        Sale or letting of property      1, 2, 3            No                 0               0
Management
             Acquisition of property          1, 2, 3            No                 0               0


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           All publications (languages)          1, 2, 3        Yes   1   0

Computer   Provision of advice, guidance,        1, 2, 3        Yes   0   0
Services   support, installation, acquisition,
           maintenance, fault diagnosis and
           repair of all desk top related
           software and hardware support
           to desk top users.

           Provision of advice, guidance         1, 2, 3        Yes   0   0
           and support on all matters
           relating to specified office
           functions including deliver and
           provision of training and ancillary
           services e.g. BACS submission.

           Procurement, negotiation with         1, 2, 3        Yes   0   0
           suppliers and provision of stock
           of ICT related consumables
           including management and
           maintenance of stock
           Provision of a stable, secure         1, 2, 3        Yes   0   0
           network to carry out statutory
           and non statutory functions
           including, maintenance and daily
           monitoring of the system to
           ensure filtering and virus
           checking, fault diagnosis and
           rectification
                                                 1,2, 3         Yes   0   0
           Provision of Internet, Intranet
           and e-mail services.
                                                 1, 2, 3        Yes   0   0
           Provision of development
           services to support the business
           applications used by directorates
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including management of printing
and ancillary services.
                                   1, 2, 3        Yes   0   0
Provision of development
services relating to new
developments and projects
including feasibility studies,
assessment of alternatives,
procurement, implementation
training, education and support.




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FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICE

Team           Functions, policies and             Relevance to general duty?          Degree of relevance?
               proposed policies
                                                   Eliminate          Is there         How          Is there any public
                                                   Discrimination 1   evidence or      much         concern that
                                                                      reason to        evidence     functions/policies
                                                   Promote EOP 2      believe that     do you       are being operated
                                                                      some racial      have         in a discriminatory
                                                   Promoting good     groups could                  manner?
                                                   race relations 3   be differently   0 none
                                                                      affected?        1 a little
                                                                                       2 some       0 none
                                                                                       3 a lot      1 a little
                                                                                                    2 some
                                                                                                    3 a lot

Fire Service   To develop, implement and           1, 2, 3            Yes              2            1
Management     monitor strategic policies within
Team           the Fire and Rescue Service.

               To monitor and address issues       1, 2, 3            Yes              1            0
               arising from performance
               indicators.

               To ensure that all Fire & Rescue    1, 2, 3            Yes              1            0
               staff are appropriately skilled,
               trained and qualified and aware
               of their responsibilities in
               delivering the service.


               To work with other agencies and 1, 2, 3                Yes              2            1
               organisations to reduce
               disadvantage and promote

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                social inclusion

                To ensure effective mechanisms       1, 2, 3        Yes   1   0
                are in place to handle
                complaints and grievances in a
                fair and consistent manner.

                To promote and monitor               1, 2, 3        Yes   2   0
                Equality and Diversity issues
                and policies.

Community       To monitor and enforce statutory 1, 2, 3            Yes   0   0
Safety          Fire Safety legislation

                To assess the fire related risk of   1, 2, 3        Yes   1   0
                premises throughout the County

                To provide advice, guidance and 1, 2, 3             Yes   2   0
                information to all members of
                the public who contact the Fire
                and Rescue Service on
                community safety matters

                To liaise with the public and        1, 2, 3        Yes   2   0
                business communities in the
                promotion of a safer
                environment

Community      To provide advice, guidance and 1, 2, 3              Yes   2   0
Safety Academy information to all members of
               the public who contact the
               Community Safety Academy

                To ensure that referral              1, 2, 3        Yes   1   0
                processes to the Juvenile

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             Firesetters counselling are fair
             and equal
                                                 1, 2, 3        Yes   2   0
             To liaise with and educate the
             community and partners in the
             provision of a safe and healthy
             Northumberland
                                                 1, 2, 3        Yes   1   0
             To liaise with schools and other
             educational establishments in
             raising the awareness of fire and
             safety
                                                 1, 2, 3        Yes   1   0
             To further develop and
             implement the Young
             Firefighters Scheme

Community    To respond to emergency calls       1, 2, 3        Yes   2   1
Protection   of assistance from the public

             To provide advice, guidance and 1, 2, 3            Yes   1   0
             information to all members of
             the public who contact the Fire
             Service concerning emergency
             assistance
             To conduct fire investigations  1, 2, 3            Yes   0   0

             To conduct and advise on            1, 2, 3        Yes   1   0
             business and premise risk
             assessments

             To liaise with the community    1, 2, 3            Yes   2   1
             and businesses in the promotion
             of safety and fire safety.

             To work with other agencies in
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              providing fire safety training for    1, 2, 3        Yes   2   1
              the workplace.

Personal      To ensure that Fire and Rescue        1, 2, 3        Yes   2   0
Development   Personnel are appropriately
              skilled, trained and qualified.

Personnel     To provide advice, guidance and 1, 2, 3              Yes   3   0
              information to all members of
              the public who contact the
              Personnel Department on all
              matters relating to recruitment

              To develop and implement              1, 2, 3        Yes   3   1
              strategies and initiatives relating
              to positive action


              To liaise with schools and other 1, 2, 3             Yes   1   1
              educational establishments in
              matters relating to the promotion
              of the Fire Service as a career

              To conduct equality impact            1, 2, 3        Yes   2   1
              assessments on all existing and
              proposed policies and
              procedures
Performance   To develop, implement and             1, 2, 3        Yes   1   0
and Review    maintain performance indicators
              relating to the effectiveness of
              the service

              To ensure adequate publication        1, 2, 3        Yes   1   0
              schemes are in operation


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               To conduct consultation on Fire   1, 2, 3        Yes   1   0
               and Rescue Service issues

               To develop and publish annual     1, 2, 3        Yes   2   0
               reports and provision of
               information to the public.

               To develop and publish Fire and   1, 2, 3        Yes   1   1
               Rescue Service plans and
               Integrated Risk Management
               Plans


Business and   To develop and implement the      1, 2, 3        Yes   2   1
Facilities     Directorate website providing
               written and electronic
               information about the
               Directorate services.
                                                 1, 2, 3        Yes   2   0
               To monitor Fire & Rescue
               premises for access and their
               use in the community




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PERSONNEL AND ADMINISTRATION DIRECTORATE

Team         Functions, policies and          Relevance to general duty?          Degree of relevance?
             proposed policies
                                              Eliminate          Is there         How          Is there any public
                                              Discrimination 1   evidence or      much         concern that
                                                                 reason to        evidence     functions/policies
                                              Promote EOP 2      believe that     do you       are being operated
                                                                 some racial      have         in a discriminatory
                                              Promoting good     groups could                  manner?
                                              race relations 3   be differently   0 none
                                                                 affected?        1 a little
                                                                                  2 some       0 none
                                                                                  3 a lot      1 a little
                                                                                               2 some
                                                                                               3 a lot
Personnel    Recruitment Code                 1, 2, 3            Yes              2            1

             Diversity in Equality in         1, 2, 3            Yes              2            0
             Employment

             Harassment Policy                1, 2, 3            Yes              2            0

             Psychometric tests               1, 2               Yes              1            0

             Training policy                  1, 2               Yes              1            0

             Appraisal schemes                1, 2               Yes              1            0

             Violence at work policy / code   1, 3               Yes              2            0

             Grievance procedure              1, 2, 3            Yes              1            0

             Capability / discipline          1, 2, 3            Yes              2            0
             procedures

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                                                    1, 2, 3        Yes   1   0
                 Sickness / disability procedures

                 Code of Conduct

                 Induction Scheme

                 Flexibility Working
                 Arrangements

                 Focus on Ability

                 Leave of Absence Policy

                 Volunteer Policy

Administration   Legal                              1, 2, 3        No    0   0

                 Complaints                         1, 2, 3        No    0   0

                 Mobile Information Unit            1, 2, 3        No    0   0




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Appendix 2 – Information on our performance of race equality targets

Best Value was introduced by the Government to encourage Councils to become more customer focused and therefore
improve their services. The Government requires the Council to report on its performance in the following areas so that it can
be compared with other public services.

                                                                                           Northumberland County Council’s
Best Value      Description
Performance                                                                           2003/20     2004/2005       2005/2006
Indicator                                                                             04          Target   Actu   Target    Actu
                                                                                      Actual               al               al
                                                                                      1           1        1      1 (2 by
BV2a            The level of the Equality Standard for Local Government to which                                  Sept.
                the Council conforms.                                                                             2006)

BV2b            The duty to promote race equality                                     47          47.37    52.6   57.9

BV11b           The percentage of top 5% of earners from Black and Minority Ethnic    0.71%       0.9%     0.8    0.9%
                communities.

BV17a           The percentage of local authority employees from minority ethnic      0.64        0.7      0.6    0.7
                communities.

BV17b           The percentage of the economically active* minority ethnic            0.9         0.94     0.94   0.94
                community population in the Councils area.

BV174           The number or racial incidents recorded by the Council per 100,000    10.37       8        7.38   7
                population.

BV175           The percentage of racial incidents that resulted in further action.   100         100      100    100


* The Council recruits from a wider population that „those economically active in the area‟.




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Appendix 3 – Race Equality Scheme monitoring
report and action plan
Part One: Leadership – and corporate commitment

   What we said we would      Contact       What has been done so            Further actions we will      Success       Timetable
   do                         officer(s)    far                              take                         criteria/
                                                                                                          outcomes
1. To regularly monitor and   Neil          The first year of the            To continue to monitor and   A relevant,   May 2006
   update this Race           Shashoua,     scheme was monitored             revise the scheme, as        up to date
   Equality Scheme.           Chief         and reported to the              appropriate and in           Race
                              Executive‟s   County Council‟s                 conjunction with progress    Equality
                                            Executive in June 2003.          on the implementation of     Scheme that
                                            years two and three were         the council‟s                accurately
                                            monitored in May 2005.           Comprehensive Equalities     sets out the
                                            The assessment of the            Policy.                      council‟s
                                            relevance of functions,                                       work to meet
                                            policies and proposed                                         the duty to
                                            policies for all the council‟s                                tackle
                                            directorates was revised in                                   racism and
                                            May 2005 and the whole                                        promote
                                            scheme was revised at                                         race equality
                                            this time too.

                                            These revisions were
                                            approved by the council‟s
                                            Executive on 31 May
                                            2005.
2. Equality Standard for      Neil          The County Council               Complete the                 Attain Level   July 2005
   Local Government           Shashoua,     adopted the Equality and         Comprehensive Equalities     1
   (ESLG) - establish         Chief         Diversity Policy statement       Policy to be approved by

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   framework for             Executive‟s   in July 2003, as part of the    the Executive.
   development &                           Budget and Policy
   implementation, following               framework.
   guidelines from the                                                     Work with consultants to       Attain Level    September
   Employers Organisation                  Work was undertaken to          develop and implement          2               2006
                                           achieve Level 1 of the          actions to achieve Level 2
                                           ESLG. Following an
                                           assessment by the North
                                           East Change Centre, an          Further develop the            Every           July 2005
                                           action plan has been            council‟s internal structure   directorate
                                           developed to achieve            to undertake equality work.    to have a
                                           Levels 1 and 2.                                                group that
                                                                                                          leads on
                                           A Comprehensive                                                equality
                                           Equalities Policy has been
                                           drafted and consulted
                                           upon. 38 comments from
                                           a wide range of voluntary
                                           & community
                                           organisations, staff and
                                           members of the public,
                                           were received.

                                           An existing member of
                                           staff has been designated
                                           to develop, co-ordinate
                                           and monitor the council‟s
                                           equality and diversity
                                           work.
3. Equality impact           Neil          We bid, successfully, with      To develop a process and       Consistent      September
   assessments – lead on     Shashoua,     district councils for funding   training around equality       and clear       2005
   the development and co-   Chief         to employ consultants to        impact assessments.            process for
   ordination of a Section   Executive‟s   help us develop a model                                        assessing
   15 below                                and training around             To publicise a timetable of    the impact of   Winter
                                           equality impact                 equality impact                services and    2005
                                           assessments.                    assessments.                   policies on
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                                                                                                           equality
4. To collaborate with other   Neil          In collaboration with         To review work of               Better co-    Summer
   public authorities in       Shashoua,     BECON, established the        Northumberland Race             ordinated     2005
   Northumberland on race      Chief         Northumberland Race           Equality Group, explore the     work to
   equality issues.            Executive‟s   Equality Group in June        possibility of expanding its    tackle
                                             2003 for all public bodies    remit to include all equality   racism and
                                             in the county to work         issues, and agree its future    promote
                                             together to tackle racism     direction.                      race equality
                                             and promote race equality.

                                             In partnership with five      To agree action plan with       Realistic and Summer
                                             district councils in the      consultants to achieve          comprehensi 2005
                                             county, successfully bid      Level 2 of the Equality         ve action
                                             for funding to improve        Standard                        plan agreed
                                             capacity on equality &
                                             diversity. Consultants
                                             have been appointed to
                                             support the partnership.
5. Promoting race equality     Neil          Produced a guide for staff    Assess the awareness of         Well            Autumn
                               Shashoua,     on our Race Equality          staff of our scheme             informed        2005
                               Chief         Scheme.                                                       county
                               Executive‟s                                 To circulate information        councillors     May 2005
                                             Published articles in         promoting race equality to
                                             Northumberland                all newly elected County        Citizens well
                                             Magazine.                     Councillors in run up to        informed of
                                                                           elections.                      County
                                             Deputy Leader wrote to all                                    Council‟s
                                             county cllrs, in the run up                                   stance on
                                             to Euro and local                                             tackling
                                             elections, re: duty to                                        racism and
                                             promote good race                                             promoting
                                             relations and counter                                         race equality
                                             misinformation about
                                             asylum seekers and
                                             immigration; June 2004.

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                                               Commemorated
                                               Holocaust Memorial Day
                                               in 2004 and 2005.          To explore the possibility of   Well co-         July 2005
                                                                          celebrating other events,       ordinated
                                               Circulated software,       such as Black History           and
                                               developed by Personnel,    Month.                          evaluated
                                               to automatically include                                   events
                                               religious and cultural
                                               holidays on electronic
                                               calendars.
6. Procedure for reporting      Ian Billham,   The procedure has been                                                      March
   racist incidents to the      Chief          promoted via the           Need to review procedure                         2006
   County Council:              Executive‟s    equalities page of the
                                               council‟s website and in
   Additional training to be                  the Northumberland         Refresher training needed       Training
    provided for facilities                    Magazine.                                                  completed
    staff to equip them to
    take information with
    confidence.

   Information sharing                                                                                   Protocol
    protocol to be agreed                                                                                 signed
    with the police

   Joint regional best                                                                                   Regular
    practice monitoring                                                   Appropriate officer needs to    attendance
    group                                                                 be identified

   Develop racial incident                                               Forms need updating and         Forms in
    reporting forms                                                       reformatting for ease of use    place
   Identify how data will be                                             and centralisation
    stored
                                                                          Campaign needs to be            Promotions
   Publicise and promote                                                 refreshed as no longer          campaign
                                                                          collate police data.            completed,
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    racial incident reporting                                                                          information
    procedure in the                                                                                   circulated in
    community once                                                                                     public areas
    properly established


7. Procedure for reporting      Malcolm      Data has been collected    Analyse the data and where     All schools  July 2005
   racist incidents in          Macdonald,   and presented to the       there are issues requiring     return forms
   schools                      Education    Equalities working Group   further examination, school
                                                                        improvement advisers will      Ease of
                                                                        raise this during their        pupils in
                                                                        monitoring visits.             reporting
                                                                                                       incidents at
                                                                        To report data to the          school
                                                                        Council‟s Scrutiny:
                                                                        Education Committee on
                                                                        racist incidents reported to
                                                                        schools

8. To incorporate the CRE‟s Alan             The Corporate            Continually monitor CRE          Capture         November
   guidance into our        Ratcliffe,       Procurement Strategy was related data in all tenders.     and monitor     2005
   procurement strategy     Finance          revised in 2004,                                          appropriate
                            Directorate      incorporating CRE                                         CRE
                                             guidance, and approved                                    related data
                                             by Executive in                                           from
                                             November.                                                 tenders




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Part Two: Consultation – including data collection, community development and scrutiny

      What we said we            Contact        What has been done so far        Further actions we        Success          Timetable
      would do                   officer                                         will take                 criteria
9.    Collect data relating to   Ellie Bates,   Research was commissioned        Seek ways to further      Accurate         Autumn
      black & minority ethnic    Northumberl    and undertaken on ethnicity,     promote and               information on   2005
      residents                  and            identity and religion in         disseminate this          bme residents
                                 Information    Northumberland, using            information.              to inform
                                 Network/Neil   information from the 2001                                  service
                                 Shashoua,      Census. This information                                   planning and
                                 Chief          was presented to 50 staff                                  delivery
                                 Executive‟s    from a variety of
                                                organisations in November
                                                2004. It has been used to
                                                inform the Race Equality
                                                Schemes of this and other
                                                councils.

10.   Consult black &         Neil              Beacon commissioned to           Consider the report‟s     Improved
      minority ethnic         Shashoua          carry out consultation on this   recommendation for        consultation
      residents on their      and Freda         scheme with                      improving services and    with minority
      views of council        Whyte, Chief      Northumberland‟s BME             consultation.             ethnic groups
      services and our Race   Executive‟s       organisations and individuals.                             leading to
      Equality Scheme.        M Brewis,         Report published May 2005.                                 better service
                              Fire &                                                                       planning and     Autumn
      Work with other public Rescue            Widen links with BECON.          Continue to liaise with   delivery         2005
       bodies in the county   Service                                            BECON to improve our
       and BECON to                                                              consultation with bme
       develop and co-                                                           communities.
       ordinate consultation.

      Copy of the Race                         Copy of the RES forwarded to Target achieved
       Equality Scheme to                       BAEMM for comment.
       be sent to the Black

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       and Ethnic Minority
       Members section of
       the Fire Brigade
       Union, for comments.

11.   In collaboration with      Angela         Discussions have taken place   To further discuss this    Well              Winter
      trades unions, support     Smart,         on Unison‟s proposal to set    proposal to look at the    supported         2005
      black & minority ethnic    Unison/ Neil   up a support group for bme     resource implications      bme staff
      County Council staff       Shashoua,      staff.                         and involving all trades
      and consult them on        Chief                                         unions and those bme     Services and
      policies and services      Executive‟s                                   staff who are not        policies that
                                                                               members of a union       are influenced
                                                                                                        by bme staff
12.   Monitoring the ethnicity   Neil           During the revision of the     To develop a             Accurate and        Summer
      of customers.              Shashoua,      Race Equality Scheme, this     consistent approach to useful                2006
      Research the current      Chief          issue has been raised with a   monitoring the ethnicity information
       systems used by the       Executive‟s    number of directorates.        of customers.            gathered to
       County Council                                                                                   inform service
      Develop a                                                                                        developments
       comprehensive and
       consistent procedure
       for ethnic monitoring




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Part Three: Service Delivery and Customer Care

      What we said we         Contact        What has been done so far          Further actions we       Success       Timetable
      would do                officer                                           will take                criteria
13.   Equality impact         Neil           We bid, successfully, with         To agree a model and     Consistent    September
      assessments –           Shashoua,      district councils for funding to   undergo training         and clear     2005
      undertake on            Chief          develop a model and training       around equality impact   process for
      services and policies   Executive‟s    around equality impact             assessments.             assessing the
                                             assessments.                                                impact of
                                                                                                         services and
                                             Most directorates have                                      policies on
                                             established a group of staff to                             equality
                                             train and carry out equality
                                             impact assessments.
14.   Accessible              Freda Whyte,   The policy has been                Monitoring ongoing.    No. of             Autumn
      Information Policy      Chief          produced and approved by                                  requests for       2005
      The County              Executive‟s    the council, and published on      Accessible information information
      Communications &                       the council‟s website, and         Policy to be reviewed. not in English
      Consultation Group                     disseminated to all                Will include a
      will                                   Directorates.                      requirement to make    Information
      monitor the number                                                       publications available targeted at
       of requests received                                                     in languages other     bme
       for documents in                                                         than English.          communities
       alternative formats
      amend the policy to
       include a
       requirement to
       make publications
       available in
       languages other
       than English.
15.   Complaints:             Liz Pringle,   Research has been done by          Monitor leaflet and      Use of leaflet   In use
      Take account of the     Operational    using best practice from a         use of language                           from
      language needs of       Services       neighbouring authority.            leaflets to determine                     May 2005

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      Northumberland‟s                         Leaflets will be published in      uptake, information al
      diverse community in                     the main 5 languages used in       needs linked into the
      the process of                           Northumberland. The new            NCC website.
      updating the                             leaflet will indicate that these
      corporate complaints                     are available if required and
      leaflet                                  contact name to obtain
                                               copies.

16.   To make the library    Gill Starkey,     In collaboration with the          Monitor take up             Young         Offer from
      service more           Libraries, Arts   Traveller Education Service,                                   people know   Sept 05
      accessible to bme      and Archives      we have joined, Keep IT                                        about and
      communities                              Moving; a new national             Berwick Library and         access the    Summer
                                               scheme to ensure easy              Sure Start staff to         scheme        2005
                                               access to IT in libraries for      begin a Book Start
                                               young travellers engaged and       Plus session for young
                                               committed to distance              families at the traveller
                                               learning.                          site.

                                               As part of a campaign to
                                               encourage people to join the
                                               library, brochures were
                                               produced that featured bme
                                               members of local libraries.

                                               New 'Basic Skills' leaflet also
                                               features someone from a
                                               minority ethnic group.
                                                                                 Further purchases will
                             Clare Lishman     Small collections of dual         be made where a need         Books are
                             Early Years       language books purchased          identified                   borrowed by
                             Development       for Blyth and Cramlington                                      target
                             & Childcare       libraries for babies/toddlers, in                              audience
                             Partnership       support of BookStart scheme

                                               Selection of 50 books              Health visitors             Packs reach
                                               purchased in Bengali,              reminded regularly          families
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                                               Punjabi, Urdu and Chinese. 8      about availability of     where
                                               distributed via health visitors   dual language             English is not
                                               to date                           Bookstart packs           the first
                                                                                                           language
17.   To provide advice        Barry Taylor,   Upon investigation, it was        Participate in any        Better target    2006
      and guidance in          Trading         found not to be the best use      corporate initiative      information
      matters relating to      Standards.      of resources, to translate        around monitoring the     for people
      Fair Trading and                         leaflets into a range of          ethnicity of customers    whose 1st
      enforcement duties                       languages other than English.     – those asking for        language is
      as required                                                                advice as well as         not English
      To investigate the                                                        traders contacted by
       development of                                                            Trading Standards.
       specific
       Northumberland
       leaflets in languages
       other than English
18.   Contribute to the        Bob Ross,       The Regional Project has now      To set up systems to     Project           2005/06
      development of a         Social          been agreed by member local       enable IKL               established
      specialist regional      Services        authorities. A service            associates to work       and
      project aimed at the                     proposal has been agreed          alongside local          children/young
      recruitment of                           and accepted. with a              authority partners in    people from
      appropriate foster                       company known as IKL              Adoption and             ethnic minority
      carers from a                            Associates. The project is to     Fostering Services.      background
      minority ethnic                          be known as the SAHARA            They will provide        appropriately
      community/backgrou                       PROJECT (meaning support)         training and             placed
      nd                                                                         consultancy services
                                                                                 to social work staff     90% of young
                                                                                 on a range of related    people from
                                                                                 issues, in addition to   minority ethnic
                                                                                 the main task of         background
                                                                                 recruiting and co-       appropriately
                                                                                 assessing black and      placed.
                                                                                 minority ethnic
                                                                                 families.


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19.   Early Years             Sarah                                                                 Database to be    July 2003
      Development             Richard,                                                              completed.
      Childcare Plan Policy   Education
                                                                                                    Staff to
      Database of named                                                                            continue to       Ongoing
       persons responsible                                                                          apply for and
       for Equal                                                                                    attend training
       Opportunities and                                                                            courses.
       Race Equality                                                                                Positive
       issues to be                                                                                 evaluations of
       compiled.                          October 04 to March 05 - total                            courses to be     Ongoing
      Continue training on               of 9 courses attended by 55                               received.
       Multi cultural                     practitioners.                                            Adopt/adapt
       awareness.                                                                                   LEA guidelines
      Specific training on               10 courses on equal                                       for settings.     Sept 2003
       Race Equality                      opportunities and race
       Amendment Act to                   relations, delivered to over
       be planned for early               100 staff.
       years settings.
      Review LEA Race
       Equality reporting
       scheme and advise
       settings in PVI
       sector on its
       adoption.
20.   Pupil Performance       Richard     Presentation to the Education    Explore options for      Good analysis Start
      Monitoring              Bishopp,    Management Team of Race          more comprehensive       of performance Summer
      1. Review current       Education   Equality Scheme and              service through          of minority       term 2005
          policy/practice/pla             Directorate                      arrangement with         ethnic pupils.
          n                               responsibility/commitment.       another LEA – need       Resources are
      2. Consult with                     Attended County Council          to explore options for   deployed to
          schools                         training sessions for all        funding as there is      support pupils
      3. Amend processes                  members of EMT and other         insufficient in          in their learning
          as necessary                    Managers                         Standards Fund           Minority ethnic
      4. Disseminate                      Provided training through        grant to meet full       pupils perform

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         revised guidance                  purchase of consultancy from    needs.                  in line with LEA
      5. Staff training as                 another authority.              Analysis/trends/issue   targets
         appropriate                       Developed tracking system       s to be carried out
                                           for performance of all ethnic   with greater rigour.
      Produce a report on                  minority pupils.
      the performance of                   Part of review of LEA
      minority ethnic pupils               performance.
      in Northumberland.
21.   Review and monitor     Mike          Review undertaken;              Annual monitoring       Racial equality    2005/06
      statementing process Tomkinson,      development of monitoring                               in terms of
                             Education     system incorporated into                                gaining access
                                           annual workplan.                                        to a statement.
22.   Behaviour Support       Mike         Review undertaken;              Annual Monitoring       Minority ethnic    2005/06
      Plan                    Tomkinson    development of monitoring                               pupils do not
                              Education    system incorporated into                                feature
      Review the activities                annual workplan.                                        disproportionat
      within the Plan that                                                                         ely in exclusion
      are intended to                                                                              and absence
      support pupils who                                                                           data.
      are vulnerable to
      featuring
      disproportionately in
      exclusion and
      absence data.
23.   Review and Monitor      Mike         Review undertaken;              Annual monitoring       Minority ethnic    2005/06
      Special Educational     Tomkinson,   Development of monitoring                               pupils and
      Needs Policy            Education    system incorporated into                                parents have
                                           annual workplan.                                        equality of
                                                                                                   access to
                                                                                                   appropriate
                                                                                                   SEN provision
                                                                                                   and
                                                                                                   independent
                                                                                                   information
                                                                                                   and advice.

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24.   Education                Mike Lawler,   New service plan developed        Will be discussed       All school       Summer
      Development Plan         Education      (April 2005) to address this      with schools through    improvement      term 2005
      Question schools                       issue in greater depth.           training programme,     division staff
       about issues                           Adviser identified to take lead   and built into LEA      aware of the
       relating to minority                   for ethnic minority work in       monitoring              Race Equality
       ethnic groups                          schools.                          programme of all its    Scheme and
      Consult with                                                             schools.                its purpose. All
       travellers‟ education                                                                            such staff are
       service                                                                  Liaise with             aware of
      Amend publish and                                                        neighbouring            schools‟
       train on the new                                                         authority to support    requirements
       EDP as necessary                                                         audit of current        with respect to
                                                                                provision and set       race equality.
                                                                                priorities for
                                                                                development. Will       Minority ethnic
                                                                                require funding to      pupils perform
                                                                                meet DfES/Ofsted        in line with
                                                                                expectations.           LEA targets
25.   Curriculum Guidance      Mike Lawler,   Curriculum policy updated         Further training for    LEA               2005/06
      Review the              Education      and disseminated to schools.      schools in context of   curriculum
       curriculum 3-19                                                          revised Framework       policy
       policy statement                                                         for the Inspection of   statements
                                                                                Schools, with respect   support
                                                                                of inclusion.           schools in
                                                                                                        planning and
                                                                                                        delivering an
                                                                                                        inclusive
                                                                                                        curriculum
                                                                                                        School Ofsted
                                                                                                        inspections
                                                                                                        find provision
                                                                                                        for cultural
                                                                                                        education to
                                                                                                        be good
26.   To accommodate           Malcolm        Wansbeck continues to be in       Limited numbers of      The bed           Ongoing

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      Asylum Seekers           Macdonald,    a position to offer               asylum seekers have       spaces offered
      within the County        Education     accommodation as                  taken up residence in     by the
                                             appropriate but BVBC and          Northumberland and        Authority are
      Continue working                      CMBC do not. Work with            we will provide           taken up and
       with NECASS and                       NECARS (formerly NECASS)          services as far as we     appropriate
       the three                             continues.                        are able. Liaison with    services are
       District/Borough                                                        Districts will continue   involved in the
       Councils to ensure                                                      to ensure that asylum     support of the
       that the                                                                seekers are               asylum
       Northumberland                                                          supported                 seekers.
       authorities form part
       of the single strand
       arrangement.

      Seek training on
       anti-discrimination,
       etc.
27.   To ensure                Carol Long,   Work with victims has been        We will continue to       Data available 2005/06
      reparations to victims   Chief         further developed with the        monitor racially          on racially
      of racially motivated    Executive‟s   appointment of a victim           aggravated crime,         motivated
      crime are made by                      worker to ensure that victims     the needs of victims      crime and
      carrying out the                       are properly supported when       will be taken into        racial
      Council‟s statutory                    Youth Offending Service           account in the YOS        incidents.
      duty to reduce Youth                   (YOS) are involved. Victims       race action plan          This then used
      Crime under the                        involved in referral order                                  to influence
      Crime and Disorder                     process and young offenders     Implement the race          service design
      Act 1998                               are involved in both direct and action plan and             within the
                                             community based reparation      monitor progress            work of the
                                                                             against this through        YOT.
      Work with crime                       YOS participated in recent      the YOS
       reduction                             crime audits and continues to Management Board              Evidence of
       partnerships to                       monitor information on racially on six monthly basis        positive action
       monitor racially                      aggravated crime from its                                   statements in
       motivated crime and                   quarterly returns.              Identify what               recruitment,
       then address within                                                   elements of best            evidence that

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       work of the YOT.                         YOS diversity strategy and        practice coming from     LA is adopting
       Incorporate issues                       race action plan has been         the national forum       best practice
       of diversity into                        drafted and agreed by the         can be implemented       principles
       restorative justice                      YOS Management Board for          in Northumberland        established      2005/06
       work.                                    submission                        and to work with the     through
                                                                                  relevant agencies to     criminal justice
      Work with Criminal                                                         put these in place.      race issues
       Justice Boards race                                                        Incorporating them       group.
       issues coordinator                       Criminal Justice Board does       into the YOS Race
       to develop best                          not have a race issues co-        action plan
       practice and use                         ordinator any more but
       positive action to                       addresses the work within the
       recruit staff from                       Board itself. The Head of
       ethnic minority                          Crime Reduction has joined
       groups into the                          the national race forum for
       criminal justice                         criminal justice and will work
       agencies including                       with the Board to identify best
       YOTs.                                    practice and to learn from the
                                                national forum
28.   To develop and           Michael          Worklife Balance report           Further positive         Increase in        August
      implement action         Brewis, Fire &   commissioned through              action events to be      number of          2005
      plans to address         Rescue           funding gained from DTI bid.      organised to coincide    applications
      issues raised in the                      Report‟s recommendations          with a firefighter       from under-
      Fire Service                              led to initiatives to assist in   recruitment              represented
      Inspectorate                              recruitment from under-           programme                groups
      Thematic Review on                        represented groups. The           beginning later in
      „Equality and                             number of applications and        2005.                                       August
      Fairness‟                                 employees from under-                                                         2005
                                                represented groups has risen      Appropriate staff to
      To organise positive                      as a result of this work.         be given training,
      action recruitment                                                          arranged nationally
      events                                    Northumberland Fire and           by Chief Fire Officers
                                                Rescue Service working in         Association, on how
      To deliver further                        collaboration with other Fire     to undertake full
      awareness training                        Services and ACAS to              equality impact          Increased
      on all equality issues                    develop a North East Fire         assessments on all       awareness of
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      for all staff                        Service Regional Equality and     existing and new          equality issues
                                           Diversity Strategy. This will     policies and              in the
                                           lead to sharing of specific       procedures.               workplace and January
                                           resources to progress                                       in service      2006
                                           equality and diversity            Continue to develop       delivery.
                                           awareness across the              Regional Fire Service
                                           organisation                      framework
                                                                             documents and
                                           Positive action events held at    strategies regarding
                                           Alnwick Fire Station during       equality and diversity
                                           2003                              issues, including the
                                                                             provision of                             January
                                           „Winning Combination‟             enhanced diversity                       2006
                                           training resource issued to all   training for all staff.
                                           front-line operational staff.
                                                                             Undertake Cultural
                                                                             Audit across the
                                                                             Service to assess
                                                                             progress against
                                                                             original cultural audit
                                                                             taken completed in
                                                                             2002 (To be
                                                                             undertaken in 2006)
29.   Conservation and       Clive         Inclusion of reference to         Development of            Greater         ongoing
      countryside            Crossley,     considerations of race within     specific action           access to the
      management             Environment   Access for All Strategy           proposals to promote      countryside for
      To broaden the                                                        access to the             bme
       Access for All                                                        countryside by bme        communities.
       Strategy, presently                                                   communities.
       under preparation,
       to include issues
       associated with
       race.




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Part Four: Employment and Training

      What we said we          Contact          What has been done so far     Further actions we      Success          Timetable
      would do                 officer                                        will take               criteria
30.   Equal Opportunities      John             Review completed and          Code will be kept       Reduction in     2005/06
      Employment Policy –      Stenhouse,       revised code issued to        under regular review    discrimination
      review in the light of   Personnel &      directorates.                 to reflect changes in   claims.
      changes in               Administration                                 best practice.
      employment
      legislation, the Race
      Equality Scheme,
      NCC‟s forthcoming
      Comprehensive
      Equalities Policy and
      developments in best
      practice.
31.   Harassment/Dignity       John             The Dignity at Work Policy    Target achieved         Will assist in
      at Work Policies         Stenhouse,       and Guidelines were updated                           meeting legal
      The policies will be    Personnel &      and re-launched in February                           obligations
       kept under              Administration   2005 as the Harassment                                and reducing
       continuous review.                       Policy and Guidelines.                                risk of
                                                                                                      discrimination
                                                                                                      claims
32.   Recruitment Code –       John             Review completed and          Code will be kept       Reduction in     2005/06
      review to reflect        Stenhouse,       revised code issued to        under review to         discrimination
      changes in               Personnel &      directorates.                 reflect changes in      claims.
      employment               Administration                                 best practice.
      legislation and recent
      developments in best
      practice.




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33.   Collecting and        Ray              A scheme of exit interviews has   All systems to be     All monitoring   2005/06
      monitoring            Smith/John       been developed and is now         reviewed              systems to be
      employment            Stenhouse        operational. A review of                                operational by
      related data          Personnel &      monitoring data is on hold                              1.4.03. Meets
                            Administration   pending development of Oracle.                          statutory
                                                                                                     requirements
                                                                                                     and reduces
                                                                                                     risk of
                                                                                                     discrimination
34.   Customer Care         Malcolm          Over 3,000 front line employees   Review this training  Training         Summer
      Training              Dunlavey         have been trained to date.        and development       Programme        2005
                            Personnel &                                        programme to ensure available, with
      Rolling out the       Administration                                     it meets the needs of an agreed
      use of “The                                                              this Race Equality    rollout plan.
      Winning                                                                  Scheme and our
      Combination”, an                                                         Comprehensive         Train 1000
      open learning                                                            Equalities Policy     employees
      resource on equal
      opportunities and                                                                              Train 3000
      customer care, to                                                                              employees
      all County Council
      employees.
35.   Develop and           Malcolm          Training has been developed and Review this training    Members and      Summer
      deliver training on   Dunlavey         delivered to 61 managers and 6  and development         managers         2005
      the Race              Personnel &      elected members.                programme.              better
      Relations             Administration                                   Develop a training      informed of
      (Amendment) Act                                                        and development         the council‟s
      for elected                                                            strategy to meet the    duties in law
      members and                                                            needs of this Race
      managers                                                               Equality Scheme and
                                                                             our Comprehensive
                                                                             Equalities Policy.




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36.   Produce a guide       Neil          Guide was been drafted,              Assess staff‟s           Staff better    Autumn
      for staff on our      Shashoua,     consulted on with staff,             awareness of the         informed of     2005
      Race Equality         Chief         published, promoted and              Race equality            the scheme
      Scheme                Executive‟s   distributed to all 15,000            Scheme                   and race
                                          employees, including those in                                 equality issues
                                          schools.
37.   Ensure all staff      Eleanor       All Social Services staff complete   Training evaluation of
      receive               Phillips,     the “Winning Combination” self-      learning outcomes to     Induction and      100% of
      appropriate           Social        learning manual as part of           be undertaken in         Foundation         staff within
      equalities            Services      Induction training.                  February 2006 to         training is        6 months
      awareness                           Training staff have received         ensure learning is       provided for all   of
      training either                     training for trainers on Managing    embedded and to          staff within 6     recruitment
      through their                       Diversity to ensure diversity        seek evidence of         months
      professional                        issues are integrated within all     improved outcomes
      training or                         training.                            for children and their   All staff
      through induction                   A rolling programme of Managing      families                 received
      or specialist                       Diversity training is provided for                            appropriate
      training within six                 both managers and practitioners                               training either
      months of                           and there is an expectation that                              pre
      becoming                            all staff will compete this by                                employment
      employed by                         March 2006.                                                   or during
      Social Services.                    Induction, Foundation and NVQ                                 employment in      90% March
                                          level 3 training is provided which                            equalities         2006
                                          follows national standards in                                 awareness
                                          child care – issues of anti-                                  and/or anti-
                                          oppressive practice are fully                                 oppressive
                                          addressed throughout all training.                            practice
                                          This is a rolling programme.




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