The Government Equalities Office (GEO) have published a March 2018 report (pdf) summarising the responses from the ‘Returning to work after time out for caring’ consultation.
Current policies supporting fathers in the workplace do not deliver what they promise, despite good intentions. And this is particularly true for low-income fathers, finds a March 2018 report from the Women and Equalities Select Committee.
The Social Mobility Commission has a vital role to play in “[putting] the Government’s feet to the fire” – but changes need to be made.
Serious barriers limit free speech in universities, finds a March 2018 report from the Joint Committee on Human Rights.
We need to build the capacity of our leaders to promote and achieve integration outcomes. Do you agree?
This is from the Integrated Communities Strategy Green Paper (PDF), produced by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), in March 2018.
The Green Paper invites views through public consultation on the government’s proposals to realise our vision of a society where people of all backgrounds get on with each other.
The paper proposes:
Measures to support recent migrants so that they have the information they need to integrate into society and understand British values and their rights and responsibilities
Core integration measures for national and local government to focus on
Measures to ensure that all children and young people are prepared for life in modern Britain and have the opportunity for meaningful social mixing with those from different backgrounds.
MHCLG are keen to hear from a wide range of interested parties from across local government, in the faith, voluntary, community and business sectors, and the general public.
The consultation will end on 5th June 2018.
Access the Government website to find out more about the consultation.
Read the Green Paper (PDF).
The Department for Education has launched a March 2018 review of support for children in need.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission have published their response to the consultation on the changes to teaching of sex and relationship education, and PSHE, in February 2018.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission recommends:
Schools should take a rights-based approach to the whole-school environment, by addressing all subjects from the perspective of ensuring respect for individuals’ human rights
The Department for Education should improve training and guidance for teachers so that they can more comprehensively consider the needs of all pupils
When faced with requests to withdraw, schools should ask parents to state in writing their reasons for wishing to withdraw their child.
Read the full response.
Business in the Community have launched a February 2018 survey to build further on the findings of their 2015 survey, Race at Work.
They are keen to hear from all ethnicities – everyone aged 16 and over, employed or self-employed in the UK (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland).
The survey questions examine the following workplace issues:
How to talk about race
Pay gap monitoring and reporting
Workplace bullying and harassment
The survey takes approximately 13 minutes to complete.
Complete the survey.
Age UK have published a survey to hear the experiences of people and their families who have needed adult care and support.
The Government have promised to change the adult social care system in England to make it fit for the future. And Age UK have produced a February 2018 survey to hear about your experiences.
The Care and Support Alliance will use these results as part of Age UK’s campaigning work.
Responses will not be used in a way to that identifies any individual or family publicly.
Find out more and complete the complete the survey.
‘More than 40% of women and more than 18% of men have experienced some form of unwanted sexual behaviour in the workplace’, says the Women and Equalities Committee (WEC).
WEC have launched a full February 2018 inquiry on sexual harassment in the workplace and they are inviting submissions of written evidence.
This inquiry will sit alongside their related inquiry on the Sexual harassment of women and girls in public places.
WEC are inviting written evidence specifically on:
How widespread sexual harassment in the workplace is, and whether this has increased or decreased over time
Who experiences sexual harassment in the workplace, who perpetrates it and what the impact is on different groups
Actions that the Government and employers should be taking to change workplace culture to prevent sexual harassment, give people more confidence to report sexual harassment, and make this issue a higher priority for employers
How workers can be better protected from sexual harassment by clients, customers and other third parties
The effectiveness and accessibility of tribunals and other legal means of redress and what can be done to improve those processes
the advantages and disadvantages of using non-disclosure agreements in sexual harassment cases, including how inappropriate use of such agreements might be tackled.
Find out more on the WEC website.