Preventing inequality for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities

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The Children and Families Act 2014 amended the Children Act to make it easier for young carers to get an assessment for their needs and to introduce ‘whole family’ approaches to assessment and support.

Local authorities must offer an assessment where it appears that a child is involved in providing care:

‘If a child or young person is identified as carrying out a caring role, this should result in an offer of a needs assessment for the adult requiring care and support and the local authority must consider whether to undertake a young carer’s needs assessment under the Children Act 1989.’ - The Children and Families Act

Visit our legislation section to find out more about the related regulations, guidance and policy.

Preventing inequality

Preventing inequality for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities is also enshrined in law:

The Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000 places a duty on all public bodies to promote equality of opportunity, tackle racial discrimination and promote good relations between different communities. It seeks to eliminate unlawful discrimination on grounds of race and to promote equality of opportunity and good relations between people of different racial groups. This is reinforced in the Equality Act 2010.

The Equality Act 2010 aims to protect disabled people and prevent disability discrimination. This includes those with a physical disability, mental health needs, long-term conditions or illnesses, and those who misuse substances. 

The act also provides rights for those associated with the disabled person, i.e. their carers and family members not to be directly discriminated against. In particular it provides legal rights for disabled people in the areas of:

  • employment
  • education
  • access to goods, services and facilities including larger private clubs and land based transport services
  • buying and renting land or property
  • functions of public bodies.

Please see Directgov’s analysis of the Equality Act for more information.

The Health Service Act 2006 (as amended by the Health and Social Care Act 2012), also introduced for the first time legal duties to reduce health inequalities ('…pay particular attention to groups or sections of society where improvements in health and life expectancy are not keeping pace with the rest of the population'), with specific duties on Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) and NHS England.

In practice

The Equality Delivery System (EDS) was commissioned by the national Equality and Diversity Council in 2010, launched in July 2011 and refreshed November 2013 (EDS2). It is a system that helps NHS organisations improve the services they provide for their local communities and provide better working environments, free of discrimination, for those who work in the NHS, while meeting the requirements of the Equality Act 2010.  The EDS was developed by the NHS, for the NHS, taking inspiration from existing work and good practice.

From April 2015, EDS2 implementation by NHS provider organisations was made mandatory in the NHS Standard Contract. EDS2 implementation is explicitly cited within the CCG Assurance Framework, and will continue to be a key requirement for all NHS clinical commissioning groups (CCGs).

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