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How we meet our public sector equality duties


The Borough of Poole can show how it meets its public sector equality duties in a number of ways. Below are links to key information you may find useful. 

 Please contact us with suggestions about the types of information you want to see published or if you would like to discuss this information or have it in a different format.

What are currently we doing?

There are key documents that set out the council’s priorities for the people of Poole, including how we will address inequality in our community, for residents, visitors and in our workplace. They are:

  • Vision for Poole – this sets out the vision and ambitions for Poole in 2026 and provides the strategic framework for partners to make a difference to Poole over the long-term. The council is one of the partners who aim to ‘close the gap’ on the inequalities faced by some people in Poole.

  • Our Corporate Strategy is the council’s framework for saying what priority outcomes it wants to achieve for the people of Poole. This includes the Borough's equality objectives.

    This is complimented by our Fairness for All policy, which is the internal document that says how we will promote equality and diversity for and with the people of Poole.

  • Poole's Community Cohesion work - we encourage the community to tell is if there are any tensions and report prejudice; raise awareness of different festivals and activities; and ensure resources and services are allocated fairly across the borough.  We also support local people to celebrate diversity, whether that is International Women's Day, the Festival of Festivals, or our Poole-based Thai Festival.

  • Poole's Children Services Strategic Plan – is the plan of how all our Children’s Trust partners will work together to give children and young people and their families support to have better lives.  Their priorities are safeguarding children and young people; reducing the impact of child poverty; improving mental health and emotional well-being; and addressing inequalities and outcomes for targeted vulnerable groups.

  • Poole's Budget Book and Annual Budget - is the financial representation of the council's policies. It provides details of expenditure and income for the various council services. An Equality Impact Assessment is undertaken on the Medium Term Financial Plan annually.

  • Commissioning and Procurement – is how the council buys all its good, works and services from third party organisations. We expect both our suppliers and our officers to consider and include equality and diversity in the procurement process and in the delivery of all contracts. We publish guidance to support both officers and suppliers in this process.

  • Our People Strategy - is the current document that informs, supports and guides Human Resources work. We are also Positive about Disabled People employers.  Our Workforce Analysis Report sets out the profile of our workforce in relation to the 9 protected characteristics