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Motion submitted in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 14 as to recognise Care Experience as a Protective Characteristic

Meeting: 07/02/2024 - Council (Item 12:)

Motion submitted in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 14 as to recognise Care Experience as a Protective Characteristic

To consider the following Motion in the names of Councillors Kendrick, Turner, Reynolds, P Davies and Scott;

 

“This Council notes:

 

·       Care experienced people face significant barriers that impact them throughout their lives.

·       Despite the resilience of many care experienced people, they too often experience stigma and disadvantage;

·       Care experienced people often face discrimination and stigma across housing, health, education, relationships, employment and in the criminal justice system.

·       Care experienced people may encounter inconsistent support in different geographical areas.

·       As corporate parents, councillors have a collective responsibility for providing the best possible care and safeguarding for the children who are looked after by us as an authority.

·       All corporate parents should commit to acting as mentors, hearing the voices of looked after children and young people and to consider their needs in any aspect of council work.

·       Councillors should be champions of the children and care leavers in our care and challenge the negative attitudes and prejudice that exists in all aspects of society.

·       The Public Sector Equality Duty requires public bodies, such as councils, to eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment, and victimisation of people with protected characteristics.

 

This Council therefore resolves:

 

·       That it recognises that care experienced people are a group who are likely to face discrimination.

·       That it recognises that Councils have a duty to put the needs of disadvantaged people at the heart of decision-making through co-production and collaboration.

·       That future decision, services and policies made and adopted by the Council should be assessed through Equality Impact Assessments to determine the impact of changes on people with care experience, alongside those who formally share a protected characteristic.

·       That in the delivery of the Public Sector Equality Duty the Council includes care experience in the publication and review of Equality Objectives and the annual publication of information relating to people who share a protected characteristic in services and employment.

·       That this Council will treat care experience as if it were a Protected Characteristic.

·       To formally call upon all other bodies to treat care experience as a protected characteristic until such time as it may be introduced by legislation.

·       For the council to continue proactively seeking out and listening to the voices of care experienced people when developing new policies based on their views.

·       For the Leader of the Council to lobby government to introduce legislation to recognise Care Leavers as a protected group

 

 

Decision:

Motion approved.