Why do we ask these questions?
Have you ever wondered why we ask about your age, gender, ethnic origin, faith, sexual orientation or whether you have a disability? We need to ask you about yourself so we can ensure that we deliver the services fairly and to meet your needs. This is called monitoring. What you tell us about yourself helps us to identify any disadvantage you may have and plan services to meet your needs.
Although you put your personal details on forms, it is only sections on race, sexual orientation etc. that are used for monitoring and they don’t identify you. There are strict laws (Data Protection Act 2018) to make sure that we protect the information we collect and deal with it responsibly.
Equality monitoring also helps us to meet our statutory duties under the Equality Act 2010 by helping us eliminate discrimination, harassment and victimisation, promote equality of opportunity and foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not.