Guidance for forces

The College will be publishing guidance documents to help forces meet their public sector equality duty.

​We are committed to ensuring that all of our guidance stays up to date and each document here should be viewed as a ‘living document’.

The documents below and other guidance can be found on Knowledge Hub. If you have access to Knowledge Hub, please join our group: College of Policing Diversity and Inclusion Network.

Equality impact analysis toolkit


The public sector equality duty places an obligation on the police service to ensure that it is paying due regard to the three aims of the equality duty: i) eliminating behaviours prohibited by the Equality Act 2010, ii) advancing equality and iii) fostering good relations between those with and those without a protected characteristic. The equality impact analysis toolkit is a practical and effective way of integrating the equality duty considerations into business practice. If you have a policy or product, completing an equality impact analysis will allow you to identify any equality impacts and consider mitigations for any potentially negative impacts.

To access the toolkit, its supporting guidance and other helpful resources on the EIA process, please join our group on Knowledge Hub: National Equality Impact Analysis Forum.


Positive action guidance

The Equality Act 2010 includes a mechanism which allows organisations to address disadvantage, inequality or under-representation experienced by people who share a protected characteristic. This mechanism is known as positive action. This guidance on positive action aims to help forces in recruitment and workforce support. The guidance takes the reader step by step through the legislation and includes examples of effective practice.


Inclusion and the staff associations

The police service is proud to have a thriving and dynamic network of staff associations. We are collaborating with staff associations to produce guidance which forces can use to help promote understanding and inclusion. We have just started work in this area. More guidance will be added in the coming months.

If you are a member of a police association and would like to work with us, please contact us.


Guidance downloads

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