Policy overview

Other policies can be found on the Virtual Learning Environment.

Equality and diversity

Skills and Participation welcomes all learners regardless of individual differences and aims to make learning more inclusive, widen participation, eliminate discrimination and promote equality of opportunity.

Our Equality and Diversity Framework sets out our commitment to equality and social inclusion for young people, adult and family learning in Hampshire.

The Disability Statement provides information on the support that is available for learners with learning difficulties and/or disabilities.

The Equality Act

The Equality Act 2010 sets out laws which aim to help narrow the gap between rich and poor and create an equal society in this country. It simplified the law which had become complex and difficult to navigate. Nine major pieces of legislation and around 100 other measures were replaced. They were rewritten in plain English to make it easier for individuals and employers to understand their legal rights and obligations.

For more information on the Equality Act see the Government Equalities Office website.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission produced What equality law means for you. It describes your responsibilities as an education provider in further and higher education.

Other equality legislation

Equality and diversity means more than the promotion of race, disability and gender equality. There are articles of legislation which are also relevant to the implementation of Hampshire County Council equality frameworks. These laws do not have positive duties to promote equality associated with them. However, we must make sure that through our policies and practices, that we are not discriminating on any of these grounds. We also recognise that people may experience different forms of, and sometimes multiple, disadvantage depending on their gender, age, race, disability, nationality, religion or belief, sexual orientation or marital or civil partnership status.

Further information on the requirements of equality legislation can be found on the Equality and Human Rights Commission website.

Equality and diversity support resources

Safeguarding and Prevent

Skills and Participation, including all partner adult and family learning providers, must consider how the whole of their organisation can implement safer working practices, environments and policies. A safer learning environment is more than safer recruitment of staff. It is also more than protecting children and vulnerable adults from harm. These are both vitally important, but should be seen as part of the overall strategy and processes to promote an ethos of well-being, safety and security, which applies to all learners and all staff.

Learning providers have responsibilities to ensure the safety of children and vulnerable adults.

Our Safeguarding resources, on our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) set out our commitment to safeguarding children and vulnerable adults in Hampshire.

We have produced a range of safeguarding guidance for all staff at centres who come into contact with children and families in their everyday work.

All providers have a duty to safeguard their learners. Prevent is about keeping students safe and within the law. The Prevent Duty is not about preventing students from having political and religious views and concerns but about supporting them to use those concerns or act on them in non-extremist ways.

Health and Safety

General Health and Safety Policy Statement

The primary duty of care for health and safety of learners and staff is the responsibility of the provider organisation contracted with Skills and Participation to deliver adult and family learning through a funding agreement ('The Provider').

Skills and Participation will work in partnership with all relevant stakeholders and providers through its appropriate departments to promote and secure the concept of the 'safe learner' in respect of health and safety on funded programmes.

Hampshire County Council, through Skills and Participation, will ensure that health and safety will be facilitated by providers as follows:

  • the inclusion of a safety element in all Skills and Participation contract documents, which places the primary duty of care with the provider.
  • all providers to take such precaution as is reasonably practical to provide and maintain safe and healthy working/learning conditions for learners and staff.
  • all providers to maintain:
  • proof of risk assessment
  • a regular update and audit of safety related documentation
  • a monitoring programme of compliance, based on a variety of risk factors
  • proof of completion of the safety criteria within the provider performance review process
  • the recording and quality assurance of all relevant accidents to learners
  • promotion of provider responsibility and continuous improvement
  • regular communication on health and safety issues with learners

All providers will have their own health and safety policies, and these should include practical steps that will achieve the objectives of this policy statement by providing and maintaining high standards of health and safety for learners and staff, as far as is reasonably practicable.