Good Practice Guide to Monitoring Sexual Orientation offers advice and practical tips for your organisation on how to best monitor sexual orientation. It 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.

What's in the guide?

  • How and when it’s best to monitor in line with the NHS Sexual Orientation Monitoring Information Standard;
  • How you can analyse the data you collect to help improve your services;
  • The risks you need to think about and minimise, when starting to carry out sexual orientation monitoring.

Is this guide for me?

The guide has been written to give public sector bodies, their staff and their service users confidence in the purpose and value of sexual orientation monitoring. The references often to the NHS, but procedures and principles equally apply to other sectors
The guide is relevant to organisations from all sectors wanting to recognise the benefits monitoring sexual orientation will bring. This includes organisations who:

  • Want to introduce monitoring but are unsure how to do it;
  • May have been put off from monitoring because the reasons for doing it are not clear;
  • Already monitor, but want to improve how they do it.

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.

Implementing sexual orientation monitoring within your organisation is an essential step towards understanding the needs and experiences of service users and staff. By following the recommendations set out in this guide you can help improve the outcomes of LGB people.

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Released/updated: October 2017

Our guide to implementing Sexual Orientation Monitoring in your workplace.

Good Practice Guide to Monitoring Sexual Orientation, 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