What is an EIA?
Equality Impact Assessments (EIAs) are risk management tools.
They enable us to gather evidence and lived experiences to inform the development and implementation of procedures, business cases, policies and strategies.
As a result, EIAs can be used to assess the impact of the policies, which guide our work, procedures and day-to-day working practices.
EIAS can also tell us whether these things are likely to have a positive or negative impact on the diverse communities, which we serve in Cleveland, as well as for our workforce.
Why have an EIA?
They help us meet our people’s and communities’ needs, as outlined by the following quote:
“An organisation that is able to provide services to meet the diverse needs of its users should find that it carries out its core business more efficiently.
“A workforce that has a supportive working environment is more productive. Many organisations have also found it beneficial to draw on a broader range of talent and to better represent the community that they serve.
“It should also result in better informed decision-making and policy development. Overall, it can lead to services that are more appropriate to the user, and services that are more effective and cost-effective. This can lead to increased satisfaction with public services.”
Equality and Human Rights Commission Website April 2020.
How do we complete an EIA?
An EIA should be considered and completed from the start of the product development process. As a result, it allows us to identify the potential impact of our work on different parts of the community and our workforce.
In order to help complete EIAs, the OPCC has a guidance document and templates. They take staff through the steps of the process in order to make sure they consider all needs and requirements.
The following is a log of EIAs, which the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) has completed.
This table will be updated as soon as practicable when EIAs are approved.
The OPCC has undertaken the following EIAs:
|Title of EIA||Summary of EIA||Date authorised||Updates|
|OPCC Resolution Team (Complaints and Compliments Model 3 Service)||PCC-led delivery of handling of complaints and compliments against Cleveland Police||8 Sep 2021|
|Home Office Perpetrator Programme||The OPCC has received Home Office funding to deliver a programme that ‘address[es] known issues in relation to domestic abuse (‘DA’) offending’.||16 Dec 2021|
|Allocation of Covid-19 Uplift Funding||The distribution of uplift funding for Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Services across the Cleveland Police area as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.||29 Apr 2021|
|Restorative Cleveland Specification||The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) for Cleveland, in partnership with The Probation Service, is seeking to co-commission local service delivery within the Cleveland Police Force area.||15 Nov 2021|
|Domestic Abuse in ethnically diverse communities||Review of the specific needs of victims of domestic abuse from ethnically diverse communities including, whether the needs of these victims in Cleveland are being met by the organisations currently available.||5 Feb 2022|
|Mobile Reporting App||This app would present another channel of communication for the public to be able to contact the OPCC and Cleveland Police, as well as providing a mechanism for local policing teams to engage with the public to keep people updated with local initiatives.||22 Feb 2022|
|Youth Triage||Youth Triage funding is provided to Hartlepool, South-Tees, and Stockton-on-Tees Youth Offending Teams. Triage acts as a ‘gateway’ whereby all young people can be assessed to ensure that they are dealt with swiftly and effectively.||7 Mar 2022|
|Divert Scheme||Cleveland Divert aims to steer first time and low-level offenders away from the criminal justice system and towards support.||18 Mar 2022|
|Police and Crime Plan||The Commissioner’s Police and Crime Plan sets out their strategic objectives and priorities for their term of office.||30 Mar 2022|
|Victim Referral Service Specification||The OPCC commissions a victim referral service for victims of crime and antisocial behaviour living in Cleveland to help them cope with the immediate impacts of their crime/incident and as far as possible, recover from the harm they have experienced.||30 Mar 2022|
|Targeted Detached Youth Service Specification||This EIA covers the development of a detached youth outreach service which will focus on reducing youth antisocial and criminal behaviour in target areas.||30 Mar 2022|
|Appropriate Adult Service||An appropriate adult is responsible for safeguarding the rights and welfare of a ‘vulnerable’ adult who is either detained by police or is interviewed under caution voluntarily.||7 Jun 2022|
|Safer Streets 4||The Safer Streets round 4 funding offered the opportunity to apply for funding to address, amongst other things, anti-social behaviour.||10 Aug 2022|
|Youth Independent Advisory Group||The PCC is seeking to directly commission an organisation to recruit and manage a dedicated Cleveland Youth Independent Advisory Group (IAG) to represent the voice of young people in Cleveland.||28 Sep 2022|
|CURV Response Strategy||A strategy for a multi-agency partnership in delivering a reduction in serious violence throughout Cleveland||21 April 2023|
|Antisocial behaviour – Hotspot policing||Cleveland is proposing to deliver a hotspot pilot program with funding from the Home Office through existing partners, using community wardens. Areas will be identified as “hot spot” based on the number of ASB incidents in the location.||12/06/2023|