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Best Practice in Equality and Diversity Training





Kevin MarronLearning & Development Manager

Overview of content
Overview of Content

  • Underpinning Principles

  • Resources and Sources

  • Reacting to change and developments

  • Working with LCC

  • Questions

Underpinning principles
Underpinning Principles

  • Raising awareness (unconscious incompetence)

  • Providing evidence (headlines and facts to make it real)

  • Challenging stereotypes and assumptions

    (but respecting that others have their own point of view)

  • Examining legislative contexts and backgrounds (The imperatives) e.g

    • Existing, new and evolving legislation

    • Equality standard

  • Avoiding mistakes and/or litigation

  • Accepting that equality and diversity is far more complex than it seems

  • Setting the Standards, challenging complacency & Making change happen

Making it
Making it…

  • Interesting, where people learn new things

  • Meaningful for your audience (the pitch)

  • Factual and surprising (and not patronising)

  • Aligned with the wider context for the UK and the organisations culture and policies

  • Win hearts and minds

  • Encourage people to explore their own values and beliefs

    Which may ultimately

  • Influence behaviours and attitudes

Roots the heart and mind of the matter
Roots(The heart and mind of the matter)


Political persuasion






Sexual orientation

Faith or religion


Personal values


Not about
Not about……… people…..

  • Instant changes in personality

  • Unravelling personal perceptions

  • Turning people into a predetermined model

  • Dismissing deeply held personal views

  • Political correctness

  • Vilifying individuals

It is however about
It is however about…. people…..

  • Encouraging you to confront your own prejudices, assumptions and personal reactions

  • Exploring how we all benefit by valuing diversity and treating people equally (common sense approaches)

  • Highlighting what your authority is trying to achieve (and why) and gaining your commitment

  • Pointing out your personal responsibilities and the part you have to play

  • Demonstrating what can happen if we don’t get it right

  • Allowing for discussion, questioning and debate

Raising awareness unconscious incompetence
Raising awareness people…..(unconscious incompetence)

  • Shift understandings and perceptions

  • Share the wider contexts and fundamentals of Equality and Diversity

  • Points of interest and fascination

  • Introduce some reasons for why we are all different and demonstrate why this is important

  • Introduce a global, local and individual focus

Testing popular belief and assumptions
Testing popular belief and assumptions people…..

The user friendly Quiz…………..

Providing evidence headlines and facts to make it realistic relevant remembered
Providing evidence people…..headlines and facts to make it realisticrelevantremembered

Challenging headlines

Disability discrimination case, man wins £6800 people…..

The Big Gay Catholic Adoption

Agency Debate

I was fired…for

being too young

RACIST GANG ATTACK MAN A Spanish man was racially abused and assaulted as he walked home from a night out in Lincoln.

I'm not racist, says TV's Goody

I apologise to anyone I offended

Xmas party comments cost

Lincoln man his company

Challenging headlines

CANDIDATES ARE TO BE ANNOUNCED people…..09:45 - 23 October 2007 Candidates were due to be announced today to contest the seat of county councillor Edward Bliss, who died last month.Seven candidates so far have announced they will stand for the Heighington and Washingborough seat, and the final list will be published today.Candidates who have declared include Michael Clayton, who stood unsuccessfully for the BNP in the last local elections, and Tory North Kesteven district councillor Ron Oxby.

Local Authority Equality standards people….. 5 Levels

Achieving and



Commitment to a


Equality Policy

Assessment and


Information systems and

monitoring against


Setting equality objectives and targets

Specifically for lcc
Specifically for LCC people…..

  • Local policies and procedures

  • Progress vis a vis the equality standard

  • Diversity training strategy incorporating the learning and development plan

  • Core (mandatory) element of the councils competency framework

  • Integral part of the fabric of the councils activities

  • Risk register for non compliance

Back pocket stuff
Back pocket stuff people…..

  • Allthorpe’s theory of antilocution

  • The 7 challenges of diversity

  • Local and wider research

  • An ability to avoid the red herrings

  • A readiness to challenge positively

Resources and sources
Resources and Sources people…..


  • Legislation and policies, guidance and support

  • The experiences of the group

  • The culture and aspirations of the organisation

  • Case studies and tribunals

  • Learning resource organisations and current research

Striking the balance
Striking the Balance people…..

  • Common sense

  • Difference and needs

  • Legislation

  • Guidance

  • Support

  • Understanding and Education…………..

  • Leading to change !!

Shift happens
Shift Happens people…..

The ever changing and evolving world of equality and diversity

No matter how qualified or experienced you think you are… tomorrow hasn’t happened yet !

e.g UK age demographic

Summary people…..

  • Underpinning Principles

  • Resources and Sources

  • Reacting to change and developments

  • Working with LCC

Questions people…..