Disability Awareness (210_14)

Request

Please confirm what training, if any, constables receive in disability awareness and the Equality Act 2010. Where such training is provided, please provide the content of the training, any training materials used, and confirm the frequency at which constables are required to participate in such training. Where such training is not provided, please confirm why not.

 

Please confirm what policies, if any, exist concerning the arrest and/or detention of persons who are `disabled¿ within the meaning of s. 6 of the Equality Act 2010. In particular, what policies, guidance documents or similar exist as to compliance with the reasonable adjustment duty and the duty to avoid discrimination arising from disability under that enactment. Where any such policies etc. exist, please provide copies as in force for the preceding 18 months.

Response

  1. Please confirm what training, if any, constables receive in disability awareness and the Equality Act 2010. Where such training is provided, please provide the content of the training, any training materials used, and confirm the frequency at which constables are required to participate in such training. Where such training is not provided, please confirm why not.

 

We do not do any bespoke classroom training, but the 9 strands of diversity are covered in our student officer training program and all of our interview courses, we also offer specialist training to front line officers:

 

  • Autism (Birmingham Autism)
  • Mental Health awareness (Mind)

Continuous Professional development courses on Disability (reasonable adjustments)

Equality Impact training

There is a range of training given to First Contact Advisors (FCAs) on disability issues

 

There was a Disability awareness event held in 2014 covering dementia, Alzheimer’s and MS.

 

We also have support from ‘Action for Blind People’ for colleagues working with blind and partially sighted employees.

 

There is a new Equality and Diversity level 2 (NCFE) course available for all employees but initially aimed at new recruits 2014/15 and also various E-Learning training packages that we use, such as;

 

MIHLDA (Mental Ill Health Learning Disability Awareness)

On successful completion of this module learners will be able to demonstrate an understanding that mental ill health issues affect everybody and impact each individual differently. This learning is not intended to give police officers or police staff the knowledge or skills to diagnose any specific mental ill health condition or learning disability. The learning will develop a strengthened awareness about mental ill health and learning disabilities. A diagnosis of any specific mental ill health condition or learning disability can only ever be made by a medical professional.

 

Introduction to Equality and Diversity

This module provides a general understanding of equality and diversity and the human dynamics of “difference” between individuals and groups. It provides learners with the foundation on which to build their knowledge of equality and diversity legislation and good practice, whilst introducing the “protected characteristics” of age; disability; gender reassignment; race; religion or belief; sex (gender) and sexual orientation.

 

EHRC Hidden in plain sight

‘Hidden in plain sight’ is the final report of the inquiry into disability-related harassment. The report uncovers that harassment is a commonplace experience for disabled people, but a culture of disbelief and systemic institutional failures are preventing it from being tackled effectively. As well as reporting on the extent of harassment the report also includes case studies and makes recommendations to public authorities to help them deal with the problems uncovered. There are eight specific recommendations for policing. The Objective of this piece of e-briefing is to give a brief overview of the findings, case studies, recommendations and key areas for improvement. Also to raise awareness of the issues reported in the inquiry.

 

Equality act 2010 an Introduction

This module is aimed at all police officers, PCSOs, special constables and police staff. It summarises the key provisions of the Equality Act 2010 and explains protected characteristics.  The module also outlines the kinds of conduct prohibited by the Equality Act 2010 and illustrates the importance of dealing with incidents of discrimination, whether in the workplace or when in contact with the public

 

Disability and the Police (Retired Course)

The Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA) has applied to the police service in respect of the delivery of services to the public and to the employment of police staff from 1996. However, the introduction of the Disability Discrimination Act (Amendment) Regulations 2003 on 1 October 2004 means that police officers will also be subject to the employment provisions of the DDA. This e-learning module will provide you with an overview of the Disability Discrimination Act (Amendment) Regulations so that you are aware of your responsibilities and rights under the Act. It will help you challenge your perceptions of disability and encourage you to consider how you can make differences in the way you provide services to others. If you are a supervisor, you will need to ensure that both police staff and police officers comply with the Disability Discrimination (Amendment) Regulations 2003.

 

  1. Please confirm what policies, if any, exist concerning the arrest and/or detention of persons who are `disabled’ within the meaning of s. 6 of the Equality Act 2010. In particular, what policies, guidance documents or similar exist as to compliance with the reasonable adjustment duty and the duty to avoid discrimination arising from disability under that enactment. Where any such policies etc. exist, please provide copies as in force for the preceding 18 months.

 

The policies that West Midlands Police adhere to can be found on the following websites

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/117589/pace-code-c-2012.pdf

 

(Code C 3.12 – 3.20.relates)

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/117555/safer-detention-guidance-2012.pdf

 

http://www.app.college.police.uk/app-content/detention-and-custody-2/

 

 

Please also see the attached policy

Attachments

0001_0001_POLICY C16 – CUSTODY SUITE DDA COMPLIANCE

 

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