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The Tackling Racial Inequality Project

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The Tackling Racial Inequality Project is a one-year project led by Equalities Policy Officer Kenya Lamb and funded by The Baring Foundation.

The Tackling Racial Inequality Project aims to reduce racial inequality in the criminal justice system. The Project will hold the government to account on adhering to the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) and producing rigorous Equality Impact Assessments (EIAs).

We are grateful to members of the CJA’s Equalities Expert Group for their collaboration with us on the Tackling Racial Inequality Project. Members of the Expert Group include:

LIBERTY Growing Futures UK Zahid Mubarek Trust Prison Reform Trust

The public sector equality duty (PSED) is a duty on public bodies to consider how their policies or decisions affect people who are protected under the Equality Act 2010.

The PSED says public bodies and government departments must have due regard to the need to:

(a) eliminate discrimination.

(b) advance equality of opportunity between those who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.

(c) foster good relations between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it.

In practice it means that they should:

  • remove or reduce disadvantages suffered by people because of a protected characteristic
  • meet the needs of people with protected characteristics
  • encourage people with protected characteristics to participate in public life and other activities
The Public Sector Equality Duty

Equality Impact Assessments (EIAs) are a way to show compliance with the PSED. EIAs are an evidenced based approach that is designed to identify potential barriers and help organisations ensure that their policies, practices, and decision-making processes are fair and do not adversely impact certain groups.

The Tackling Racial Inequality Project is working to:

  1. Empower criminal justice civil society organisations, equipping them with the expertise to identify and challenge racially discriminatory policies through an ‘advocacy toolkit’.
  2. Inform officials in criminal justice agencies on how to improve Equality Impact Assessments (EIAs) through specialist guidance.
  3. Challenge the government where we believe the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) has not been adhered to.
  • Establish and work with an Equalities Expert Group of CJA members and legal experts to co-produce a PSED advocacy toolkit.
  • Launch and disseminate the toolkit widely among criminal justice civil society organisations, encouraging them to implement its recommendations in their daily work.
  • Facilitate training workshops with CJA members.
  • Work with the CJA Equalities Expert Group to develop good practice guidance for criminal justice public bodies on the PSED and EIAs, drawing on good practice from other sectors.
  • Build relationships with relevant public sector officials who will support, champion and embed the guidance.
  • Influence the Ministry of Justice and Home Office to publish an assessment of the cumulative impact of all their policies where individual policy EIAs indicate direct or indirect discrimination with regard to race across their department.
Kenya

Kenya joined the CJA in April 2022. She is responsible for the Tackling Racial Inequality Project. Kenya is a panel member of the Local Scrutiny Involvement Panel for the Crown Prosecution Service, an associate member of the Alliance of Youth Justice and is a member of the Youth Management Group for the Hope Collective.

Contact Kenya at  kenya.lamb@criminaljusticealliance.org.uk

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