Equality Impact Assessment

Overview:

Assessment Name: Appropriate Adult contract
Department: Adult Services Date Created: 12/04/2011
Lead Author: Liz McGill Lead ID: sshqmhlx
Additional Authors (if applicable): Gill O'Leary
 
 
 
 
Aims and Objectives: This new contract is designed to advise the vulnerable adult, ensuring interviews are conducted fairly, facilitate communication with the Police and ensure compliance with the PACE Codes of Conduct and, where appropriate, referral to other appropriate services. Vulnerable adults, for the purpose of this service, are those with mental health and/or learning disability and/or substance misuse issues or any adult falling within the definition of vulnerable under the PACE Codes of Conduct. The service also provides support to vulnerable adults who are witnesses and victims.

Information on this form is restricted due to the tendering process.

Main Activities: Attending Police custody suites to support vulnerable adults who need to be interviewed/charged by the Police in connection with a criminal offence.
Who's intended to benefit: The vulnerable adult who is being questioned about an offence or vulnerable witness or victim.

Summary of Report:

Summary of Main Findings: This applies to a new contract about to be tendered by Hampshire County Council and Southampton City Council. The provider will be expected to collect data on gender, ethnicity, age and vulnerability of people referred to the service and use accordingly.

Age:

What do you know about the breakdown of people who use your services compared to the community profile: The service is provided for any vulnerable person over the age of 18 who is involved with the criminal justice system. There is a separate contract for young people below 18 years of age. It is a statutory requirement of the PACE Codes of Practice.
Will some people be unable to use or benefit from the service: Any person accused of an offence, victim of an offence or witness who is deemed by the Police to be vulnerable is able to benefit from this service.
How could the iniative improve equality of access: An element of the contract involves awareness raising and training of the Police.

Disabled People:

What do you know about the breakdown of people who use your services compared to the community profile: The service is applicable to people with mental health problems, learning disability, substance misuse problems, any speech or language difficulty or any illness that might affect their ability to understand the criminal justice process that they are involved in.
Will some people be unable to use or benefit from the service: It is not applicable where the issue is solely due to language e.g. not speaking English or literacy without a vulnerability as listed above.
How could the iniative improve equality of access: It is designed to ensure that people understand the criminal justice process to avoid unfair convictions.

Faith:

What do you know about the breakdown of people who use your services compared to the community profile: N/A
Will some people be unable to use or benefit from the service: N/A
How could the iniative improve equality of access: The contract will only be awarded if the provider can successfully demonstrate, amongst other things, that they adher to the duties outlined in the Equality Act 2010

Gender:

What do you know about the breakdown of people who use your services compared to the community profile: The service applies equally to men and women although less women are involved in the criminal justice system than men. Over the past 2 years in Hampshire and Southampton, the area of coverage of this new contract, it has been used by

16-25% women and 75-84% men.

Will some people be unable to use or benefit from the service: No
How could the iniative improve equality of access: The contract will only be awarded if the provider can successfully demonstrate, amongst other things, that they adher to the duties outlined in the Equality Act 2010.

Race:

What do you know about the breakdown of people who use your services compared to the community profile: Over the past 2 years in Hampshire and Southampton, the area of coverage of this new contract, it has been used by between 78-90% White British vulnerable adults.
Will some people be unable to use or benefit from the service: N/A
How could the iniative improve equality of access: The contract will only be awarded if the provider can successfully demonstrate, amongst other things, that they adher to the duties outlined in the Equality Act 2010.

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual:

What do you know about the breakdown of people who use your services compared to the community profile: N/A
Will some people be unable to use or benefit from the service: N/A
How could the iniative improve equality of access: The contract will only be awarded if the provider can successfully demonstrate, amongst other things, that they adher to the duties outlined in the Equality Act 2010.

Socio Economic Factors:

What do you know about the breakdown of people who use your services compared to the community profile: N/A
Will some people be unable to use or benefit from the service: The service is free.
How could the iniative improve equality of access: N/A

Rural Isolation:

What do you know about the breakdown of people who use your services compared to the community profile: N/A
Will some people be unable to use or benefit from the service: The service will be available in every custody suite or wherever the Police require the assistance of an Appropriate Adult.
How could the iniative improve equality of access: N/A

Other groups affected:

Are there other groups affected not already mentioned: The service is applicable only to people involved in the criminal justice system.

Conclusions of Potential Impact:

Possible Impact: The sevice is designed to assist vulnerable people who become involved with criminal justice.
If any groups are disadvantaged is this likely to be unlawful: As this is a statutory service, if the Police are failing to refer people, they would breach of PACE regulations.
Group Affected: Could be any vulnerable group.
Evidence: New contract due to be tendered.

Further Actions to be taken:

Action: To be monitored through normal contract monitoring
Responsibility: Liz McGill and Vic Trimble (Southampton City Council)
Timescale: Quarterly
Expected Outcomes: Vulnerable people are dealt with according to PACE regulations.

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