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Consultation on CPS’ Draft Statutory Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Objectives 2019 – 2022

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The broad purpose of the equality duty is to integrate consideration of equality and good relations into the day-to-day business of public authorities.

The Equality Act 2010 requires all public bodies, including the CPS, to publish equalities objectives at least every four years. The aims of the objectives are to improve equality, diversity and inclusion in the CPS.

The delivery of equality and diversity outcomes is integral to everything we do and shapes our approach to the treatment of defendants, victims and witnesses. It is at the heart of attracting, retaining and developing a high-calibre, valued workforce that reflects modern Britain.

The CPS conducted a public consultation on its updated statutory Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Objectives 2019-2022.


Our Equality Diversity and Inclusion Objectives for 2020-2022 are now published and available on this website.

Consultation content

Our equality, diversity and inclusion objectives are aligned to our corporate objectives and equality, diversity and inclusion strategy. They set out what the CPS will do to: 

  • continue to meet the general and specific duties as set out in the Public Sector Equality Duty;
  • make measurable progress on equality and diversity; and
  • how we will go about doing this in partnership with a number of stakeholders.

The consultation sought views on the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Objectives:

  1. Are the outcomes we are seeking to achieve the right ones?
  2. Will the proposed key activities for year one contribute to the delivery of these outcomes?
  3. Are there any other outcomes you would like to see that haven’t been included?
  4. Do the proposed outcomes help us to have regard for the three aims of the general duty which are:
    • Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct prohibited by the Act.
    • Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.
    • Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.
  5. There was also an opportunity for respondents to add any other general comments they may have had about the proposed outcomes and activities.

Responses: Confidentiality and disclaimer

The information you send us may be passed to colleagues within the CPS, the Government or related agencies. Furthermore, information provided in response to this consultation, including personal information, may be published or disclosed in accordance with the access to information legislation including the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA).

If you want the information that you provide to be treated as confidential, please be aware that, under FOIA, there is a statutory Code of Practice with which public authorities must comply and which deals, amongst other things, with obligations of confidence. In view of this it would be helpful if you could briefly explain to us why you regard the information you have provided as confidential.

If we receive a request for disclosure of the information we will take full account of your explanation, but we cannot give an assurance that confidentiality can be maintained in all circumstances. An automatic confidentiality disclaimer generated by your IT system will not be regarded as binding on the CPS.

Please ensure your response is marked clearly if you wish your response and name to be kept confidential. Confidential responses will be included in any statistical summary of numbers of comments received and views expressed. The CPS will process your personal data in accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018 - in the majority of circumstances this will mean that your personal data will not be disclosed to third parties.

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