The Society initially commissioned us in 2008 to provide a programme of training and consultancy on Equality Impact Assessment. Although the Society was not subject to the equality duties placed on public sector bodies, senior managers had taken the extremely positive step of working as though these duties did apply. Our resulting work included the following:
- We worked collaboratively to develop the Society’s new three-year strategy for 2009-2011
- We provided training and coaching to support senior managers in carrying out new Equality Impact Assessments on all the Society’s functions
- We developed and delivered a tailor-made training session that allowed participants to refresh their understanding of Equality Impact Assessment, and to consider key data and research which they might use as part of assessments (including research into the experiences of disabled people, women, LGBT groups people in the legal profession, as well as consultation undertaken by the Society with Young Lawyers).
Following on from the training, we provided one-to-one coaching with participants to support the development of the new Equality Impact Assessments.
This included reviewing initial drafts of assessments and relevant parts of the Society’s Equality and Diversity Strategy to identify good practice and areas for development for each department.
We worked with the Society on a range of assessments including the implementation of the new legal complaints procedure, the review of the education and training strategy for the profession and the Society’s approach to procurement.
Our suggested actions resulting from the assessments include equalities monitoring of customer satisfaction with complaints, the inclusion of equality issues in media training, and the development of specific equality criteria relating to each tendering process.