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Public Accountability and Inclusion

Equality and diversity for the CPS is fundamental to delivering fair prosecutions, achieving equitable employment practice and building the confidence of our communities. Our goal is to be a prosecution service that performs its role fairly and transparently, addresses barriers and disproportionality effectively and works with stakeholders and the public to improve our practice to achieve high quality prosecutions, a better working environment and deliver better justice for all.

The CPS is required to publish equality information to demonstrate its compliance with the General Equality Duty. We regularly publish information to demonstrate how we are meeting the requirements of the duty in relation to our employees and people affected by our policies and practices (victims, witnesses and defendants). These pages provide information on how the CPS is working to:

  • Eliminate discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct that is prohibited by or under the Equality Act
  • Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a relevant protected characteristic and people who do not share it
  • Foster good relations between people who share a relevant protected characteristic and those who do not share it

The CPS is committed to making equality a day to day reality for employees, in our prosecution policies and practices and in our engagement with communities. These pages provide information on our equality and diversity policies, guidance, impact assessments and performance information relating to our priorities.

Policy and strategy

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CPS Equality and Diversity Objectives 2015-18

Description

This page sets out how we aim to end unlawful discrimination because of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation; improve equality of opportunity between different groups; and foster good relations between different groups between 2015 and 2018.

Format

Available online in this section
CPS Equality and Diversity Objectives 2015-18

Title

CPS Equality And Diversity Expectations Statement for the Bar - 2012

Description

This document outlines the equality and diversity expectations set out for the Bar when prosecuting or seeking to prosecute on behalf of the CPS. Published in May 2012.

Format

Available to download in Adobe Acrobat PDF (approx 400kb)
CPS Equality And Diversity Expectations Statement for the Bar - English - PDF
CPS Equality And Diversity Expectations Statement for the Bar - Welsh - PDF

Title

Equality and Diversity Statement

Description

The statement sets out the CPS's position on the importance of promoting and delivering equality and diversity in the department and in its wider work in ensuring a fair and just Criminal Justice System.

Format

Available online in this section
Equality and Diversity policy statement - PDF

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Equal Opportunities Statistics

Description

These statistics are for Minority Ethnic by Grade, Staff with Disabilities by Grade, Gender by Grade and P/T Staff by Grade.

Additional Notes

Available online
Equal Opportunities Statistics

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Accessible Communication: Public Statement

Description

This statement explains what we do to make sure that everyone can easily get the information they need, and that it is easy to understand.

Additional Notes

Available online
Accessible Communication: Public Statement
Accessible Communication: Public Statement - Welsh - PDF

Project Areas

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Violence Against Women and Girls

Description

This section outlines the CPS' dedicated strategy for tackling Violence Against Women and Girls as part of a cross-Government plan to combat the isaue.

Format

Available online in this section
Violence Against Women and Girls strategy

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Hate Crime and Crimes Against Older People

Description

These pages contain reports, polcies and guidance for tackling Hate Crime and Crimes Against Older People.

Format

Available online in this section
Reports, policies and guidance for tackling Hate Crime and Crimes Against Older People

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Employment

Description

This section provides information for policy and guidance on Equality in Employment and workforce diversity data.

Format

Available online in this section
Policy, guidance and data for supporting and developing equality in employment

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Community Engagement

Description

This section outlines how the CPS focuses on and supports Community Engagement at the national and local levels across England and Wales.

Format

Available online in this section
Policy and guidance on supporting and developing Community Engagement across England and Wales

Equality Impact Assessments

Title

Equality and Diversity Impact Assessment on the Violence Against Women Strategy and Action Plan

Description

This is the first equality and diversity impact assessment (EDIA) for the Violence Against Women (VAW) strategy.

Format

Available online in this section and to download in Adobe Acrobat PDF
Equality and Diversity Impact Assessment on the Violence Against Women Strategy and Action Plan
Equality and Diversity Impact Assessment on the Violence Against Women Strategy and Action Plan - English - PDF
Equality and Diversity Impact Assessment on the Violence Against Women Strategy and Action Plan - Welsh - PDF

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Equality and Diversity Impact Assessment on the policy for prosecuting crimes against older people

Description

This report outlines the process for developing and implementing the Crimes Against Older People policy statement and guidance, considers the positive and negative impacts of this policy and makes recommendations to ensure that identified issues are addressed.

Format

Available online in this section
Equality and Diversity Impact Assessment on the Policy for prosecuting crimes against older people

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Equality and Diversity Impact Assessments for 2007/2008

Description

This was the fourth EDIA that the CPS commissioned to analyse its charging activity.

The CPS is bound by the Race Relations (Amendment) Act, the Disability Discrimination Act 2005 and the Equality Act 2006 to take positive steps to ensure CPS’ core activities, including charging, do not produce unjustified disproportionality in relation to race, disability and gender.

The assessment considered the impact of statutory charging in terms of whether or not charging decisions varied depending on the gender, ethnicity and age of the suspect, and (when charged) the type of offence with which suspects were charged.

Because the extent of disability was only coded for a small percentage of suspects, no analysis was possible.

Format

Available to download in Adobe Acrobat PDF
Equality and Diversity impact assessment of CPS statutory charging: England and Wales: April 2007 to March 2008 - PDF

Archive publications by year

2013

Title

CPS Equality and Diversity Objectives Annual Report 2012-13

Description

This annual report details the progress we have made during the period 2012-2013 on our Equality and Diversity Objectives 2012-2015.

Format

Available to download in Acrobat PDF
CPS Equality and Diversity Objectives Annual Report 2012-13 - English PDF
CPS Equality and Diversity Objectives Annual Report 2012-13 - Welsh PDF

2012

Title

CPS Equality and Diversity Objectives 2012-15

Description

This page sets out how we aim to end unlawful discrimination because of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation; improve equality of opportunity between different groups; and foster good relations between different groups between 2012 and 2015.

Format

Available online in this section
CPS Equality and Diversity Objectives 2012-15

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CPS Equality and Diversity Unit Annual Report 2011-12

Description

This document highlights the work delivered by the CPS Equality and Diversity Unit (EDU) in the financial year April 2011 to March 2012 and planned for 2012-13

Format

Available to download in Acrobat PDF
CPS Equality and Diversity Unit Annual Report 2011-12 - English PDF
CPS Equality and Diversity Unit Annual Report 2011-12 - Welsh PDF

2011

Title

CPS Equality and Diversity Unit Annual Report 2010-11

Description

This document highlights the work delivered by the CPS Equality and Diversity Unit (EDU) in the financial year April 2010 to March 2011 and planned for 2011-12

Format

Available to download in Acrobat PDF
CPS Equality and Diversity Unit Annual Report 2010-11 - English PDF
CPS Equality and Diversity Unit Annual Report 2010-11 - Welsh PDF

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Equality and Diversity Benchmarking Report 2007-11

Description

Report benchmarking Chambers' performance against CPS Expectations Statement for the Bar over the period 2007-11.

Format

Available to download in Adobe Acrobat PDF
Equality and Diversity Benchmarking Report 2007-11 - English PDF
Equality and Diversity Benchmarking Report 2007-11 - Welsh PDF

2010

Title

CPS Single Equality Scheme 2010-11

Description

The Crown Prosecution Service has published its Single Equality Scheme for the period 2010-11. Due to the uncertainty around the legislative programme at the time of its introduction, this is a one-year, interim scheme.
 
Progress has been made but there is still much to be done. There are many areas that the CPS needs to improve on, as reflected in the feedback we have had from communities in the development of this scheme. This scheme and our action plan are focussed on addressing those issues and we will continue to work with our community partners, with our staff and with our statutory partners to meet our equality and diversity objectives and to comply with all public sector duties.

Format

Available to download in Adobe Acrobat PDF
CPS Single Equality Scheme 2010-11 - PDF
CPS Single Equality Scheme 2010-11 Welsh - PDF

Title

CPS Single Equality Scheme 2010-11 Easy Read version

Description

Easy Read version of the Crown Prosecution Service Single Equality Scheme for the period 2010-11.

Format

Available to download in Adobe Acrobat PDF
CPS Single Equality Scheme 2010-11 Easy Read - PDF

Title

An Employee's Guide on Violence against Women

Description

This guide sets out the CPS' approach, as an employer, when an employee experiences or perpetrates any form of violence under the Violence against Women umbrella.

Format

Available to download in Adobe Acrobat PDF
An Employee's Guide on Violence against Women PDF

Title

CPS Single Equality Scheme 2006-10
Annual Report August 2010

Description

This is the third and final annual progress report on our Single Equality Scheme. The scheme was launched in December 2006. It is a strategy and set of actions to promote equality in the CPS, both in terms of our Service and in terms of our employment practices.

Format

Available to download in Adobe Acrobat PDF
CPS Single Equality Scheme 2006-10 Annual Report August 2010 - PDF
CPS Single Equality Scheme 2006-10 Annual Report August 2010 Welsh - PDF

2009

Title

Equality and Diversity Policy Statement

Description

Our overall commitments on equality in employment and in the prosecution process.

Format

Available to download in Adobe Acrobat PDF
Equality and Diversity Policy - PDF
Equality and Diversity Policy Summary Statement - PDF

Title

CPS Single Equality Scheme 2006-2010
Annual Report June 2009

Description

This is the second annual progress report on our Single Equality Scheme. The scheme was launched in December 2006. It is a strategy and set of actions to promote equality in the CPS, both in terms of our Service and in terms of our employment practices.

Format

Available to download in Adobe Acrobat PDF
CPS Single Equality Scheme 2006-2010 - Annual Report June 2009 - PDF

2008

Title

CPS Single Equality Scheme 2006-2010
Annual Report June 2008

Description

This is the first annual progress report on our Single Equality Scheme. The scheme was launched in December 2006. It is a strategy and set of actions to promote equality in the CPS, both in terms of our Service and in terms of our employment practices.

Format

Available to download in Adobe Acrobat PDF
CPS Single Equality Scheme 2006-2010 - Annual Report June 2008 - PDF

2007

Title

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Policy for prosecuting cases of Homophobic and Transphobic Hate Crime Equality and Diversity Impact Assessment Report (August 2007)

Description

The revised policy takes into account legislative changes since the first policy was introduced (2002) and emphasises the CPS' commitment to deal effectively with cases of homophobic and transphobic crime.

Format

Available to download in Adobe Acrobat PDF
Policy for prosecuting cases of Homophobic and Transphobic Hate Crime Equality and Diversity Impact Assessment Report (August 2007) - PDF

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Policy for Prosecuting Cases Involving the Sexual Transmission of Infections Equality and Diversity Impact Assessment Report (August 2007)

Description

This new policy statement is intended to ensure consistency in casework decisions, protect victims and improve public confidence in the prosecution process.

Format

Available to download in Adobe Acrobat PDF
Policy for Prosecuting Cases Involving the Sexual Transmission of Infections (August 2007) - PDF

Title

Equality Impact Assessment of the CPS Advocacy Strategy (February 2007)

Description

The aim of the study was to analyse Higher Court Advocate and Designated Caseworker selection and training by ethnicity, gender, and disability.

Format

Available to download in Adobe Acrobat PDF
Equality Impact Assessment of the CPS Advocacy Strategy (February 2007) - PDF