Sexual Orientation Monitoring Guide
Everything you always wanted to know about sexual orientation monitoring... but were afraid to ask, aims to encourage public sector organisations to take the lead in implementing sexual orientation monitoring, by highlighting the benefits for organisations, staff and service users.
This workbook by NHS North West and The Lesbian & Gay Foundation makes use of case studies and examples from the work of the NHS and wider public sector research to offer a step-by-step guide to the process of sexual orientation monitoring, illustrated with best practice examples and real-life case studies.
It also highlights the risks you need to think about and minimise when starting to carry out sexual orientation monitoring.
The Equality Act 2010 has consolidated UK equality law and set out a public equality duty to ensure that all public sector organisations take into account the needs of people with protected characteristics when designing and delivering services.
Monitoring for protected characteristics, including sexual orientation, is essential if organisations are to prove that they are meeting these requirements.
Everything you always wanted to know about sexual orientation monitoring... but were afraid to ask, highlights that investing in equality makes good business sense, as understanding the needs of staff and service users leads to more targeted and successful work, saving money in the long run.
We believe that this guide is the first of its kind. Although the contributions have been largely from the NHS and the police, we think the guide is relevant to all public sector organisations.
This guide was produced by NHS North West in partnership with The Lesbian & Gay Foundation.