Northern ireland office equality scheme




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Arrangements for publishing the results of our monitoring

4.33 Schedule 9 4. (2) (d) requires the NIO to publish the results of the monitoring of adverse impacts of policies we have adopted. These are published as part of our Section 75 annual progress report.


4.34 EQIA monitoring information is published as part of our Section 75 annual progress report.
4.35 All information published is accessible and can be made available in alternative formats. Please see below at 6 for details.

Chapter 5: Staff training


Commitment to staff training





    1. The NIO recognises that awareness raising and training play a crucial role in the effective implementation of our Section 75 duties. To this end we will ensure that our commitment to the Section 75 statutory duties is made clear in all relevant publications.



Training objectives





    1. The NIO will draw up a detailed training plan for its staff which will aim to achieve the following objectives:




  • to raise awareness of the provisions of Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998, our equality scheme commitments and the particular issues likely to affect people across the range of Section 75 categories, to ensure that our staff fully understand their role in implementing the scheme

  • to provide those staff involved in the assessment of policies (screening and EQIA) with the necessary skills and knowledge to do this work effectively

  • to provide those staff who deal with complaints in relation to compliance with our equality scheme with the necessary skills and knowledge to investigate and monitor complaints effectively

  • to provide those staff involved in consultation processes with the necessary skills and knowledge to do this work effectively

  • to provide those staff involved in the implementation and monitoring of the effective implementation of the NIO’s equality scheme with the necessary skills and knowledge to do this work effectively.



Awareness raising and training arrangements





    1. The following arrangements will be put in place to ensure all NIO staff including the Management Board are aware of and understand our equality obligations.




  • We will develop a summary of this equality scheme and make it available to all staff.

  • We will provide access to copies of the full equality scheme for all staff; ensure that any queries or questions of clarification from staff are addressed effectively.

  • Staff will be made aware of their Section 75 statutory duties as part of the induction process for new staff.

  • Where appropriate, training will be provided to ensure staff are aware of the issues experienced by the range of Section 75 groups.

  • When appropriate and on an ongoing basis, arrangements will be made to ensure staff are kept up to date with Section 75 developments.

Monitoring and evaluation





    1. Our training programme is subject to the following monitoring and evaluation arrangements:




  • We evaluate the extent to which all participants in this training programme have acquired the necessary skills and knowledge to achieve each of the above objectives.

  • The extent to which training objectives have been met will be reported on as part of the Section 75 annual progress report, which will be sent to the Equality Commission.


Chapter 6: Our arrangements for ensuring and

assessing public access to information and services we provide


    1. The NIO is committed to ensuring that the information we disseminate and the services we provide are fully accessible to all parts of the community in Northern Ireland. We keep our arrangements under review to ensure that this remains the case.




    1. We are aware that some groups will not have the same access to information as others. In particular:




  • People with sensory, learning, communication and mobility disabilities may require printed information in other formats.

  • Members of ethnic minority groups, whose first language is not English, may have difficulties with information provided only in English.

  • Children and young people may not be able to fully access or understand information.



Access to information





    1. To ensure equality of opportunity in accessing information, we can provide information in alternative formats on request, where reasonably practicable. Where the exact request cannot be met we will ensure a reasonable alternative is provided.




    1. Alternative formats may include Easy Read, Braille, audio formats (CD, mp3 or DAISY), large print or minority languages to meet the needs of those for whom English is not their first language. The NIO will respond to requests for information in alternative formats in a timely manner.




    1. In disseminating information through the media we will seek to advertise in the press where appropriate.




    1. Information will also be made available on the NIO website: www.nio.gov.uk where appropriate.



Access to services





    1. The NIO does not provide routine frontline services; however, we are nevertheless committed to ensuring that if this position changes that any service will be fully accessible to everyone in the community across the Section 75 categories. The NIO also is committed to adhering to the relevant provisions of current anti-discrimination legislation.




    1. The NIO will review the functions and services it provides as part of the Annual Progress Report to the Equality Commission.
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