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Key Strategic Equality Plans in Wales

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What are the Key Strategic Equality Plans in Wales?

Welsh Government has published a number of intersecting equality strategies and action plans. The 2020-24 Strategic Equality Plan (SEP) outlines Welsh Government’s long term aims in regards to tackling inequality, but also include specific Equality Objectives which it will look to achieve over the duration of the plan.

More recently, Welsh Government has also developed more targeted action plans which respond to many of the immediate inequalities and challenges highlighted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

There are currently two Equality Action Plans in draft which will become part of the Welsh Government requirements when the consultation phases have been completed. The aim of both plans is to tackle inequalities, challenge discrimination and create a society where it is safe for people to live and love authentically, openly and without fear because of who they are.

The first is the Race Equality Action Plan (sometimes referred to as REAP). This is expected to bring in requirements on devolved public sector and to be taken into consideration by the non-devolved elements. The final plan is expected by the end of 2021. A response to the consultation was submitted by the Wales Safer Communities Network. Once the plan is finalised this page will be updated with the expectations for partner organisations.

The second is the LGBTQ+ Action Plan which is being consulted on until October 2021. A response is due to be submitted by the Wales Safer Communities Network. Once the plan is finalised this page will be updated with the expectations for partner organisations.

More action plans may be expected linked to the specific protected characteristic as laid out in the Equality Act 2010. It is important to remember that whilst the plans may be individual around a specific characteristic, it is likely that for some individuals more than one plan will apply due to a number of different characteristics.

  • Equality Act 2010 sets out the protected characteristics of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, and pregnancy and maternity.
  • Wellbeing of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 introduced the 7 wellbeing goals which include: a more equal Wales; a Wales of cohesive communities; a healthier Wales; and a resilient Wales.

See training under Equalities, Inclusion and Cohesion, and Hate crime.

Any training or awareness under each of the plans will be added here.

Help and Support

For victims, families and concerned people

If you’ve witnessed or been the victim of crime, please report it to the Police. Call 101 or report it online depending on your region of Wales – South Wales Police, Dyfed Powys Police, Gwent Police or North Wales Police. In an emergency, call 999.

If you’re deaf or hard of hearing, use the Police textphone service 18000 or text on 999 if you’ve pre-registered with the emergencySMS service.

If you have information about crime and wish to remain anonymous, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online.

If you’ve been affected by crime, you can access support from Victim Support, including via their free, 24/7 national supportline on 08 08 16 89 111, or get support online.