The Equality Act 2010 sets out the characteristics that are protected by law and behaviour that is unlawful. The nine protected characteristics covered under the Act are:
Marriage and civil partnership
Pregnancy and maternity
Religion and belief
Through the Equality Act 2010, the Public Sector Equality Duty has been established. This came into force on 5 April 2011.
Public Sector Equality Duty
The Public Sector Quality Duty instructs on the commitment Public Service bodies have in regard to implementing the three main aims as set out in Section 149 of the Equality Act 2010. In summary these require that the Police must, across all action and exercise, have due regard to the need to:
Eliminate discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct that is prohibited by or under this Act;
Advance equality of opportunity between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it;
Foster good relations between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it.
Joint Equality Plan
In commitment of this, South Wales Police publishes a Joint Equality Plan in partnership with the Police and Crime Commissioner for South Wales.
This document is reviewed no greater than four years from the last date of publication and aims to prepare and publish Equality Objectives that are specific and measurable.