What is an equality impact assessment?
An equality impact assessment is a tool to identify whether or not policies, services and procedures are having an adverse impact on a particular group of people due to race, gender-reassignment, age, disability, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation. In other words, is the policy or procedure being provided in a way that meets the needs of the customer and not in a discriminatory manner? The idea is to examine critically and identify any 'institutional' barriers, acts or omissions that detrimentally affect individuals and communities.
For new or changing policies the equality impact assessment helps to identify potential adverse or positive impacts or unmet needs or requirements for different groups of people in the community.
Good practice also includes an assessment of needs and impact on other areas of interest, these include: asylum seeker and refugee communities; migrant workers and other new arrivals.