Children Looked After - care experience as a protected characteristic survey

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We would like to find out whether you think ‘care experience’ should be considered as a local 'protected characteristic' by Croydon Council and we would like to invite you to take part in our survey (see link below).

Opinions gained from the results of the survey will be analysed and used to report back to the Corporate Parenting Board and Cabinet. Any personal data will be treated anonymously. Your feedback will help us decide whether or not care experience is considered as a protected characteristic by the council.

Have your say and take part - survey closes on XXX XXXXX


What is ‘care experienced’?
By ‘care experienced’, we mean that someone has, at any stage of their life, and for any length of time, been in care. That means they were looked after by a local authority.

This includes, but is not limited to, people who:

  • spent time in the care of the local authority (e.g., foster care or children’s home)
  • were ‘looked after at home’ under a supervision order
  • spent time in kinship foster care (where a friend or family member becomes the foster carer)
  • spent time in kinship care through a formal arrangement, recognised by a local authority.

What is a ‘protected characteristic’?
At the moment it is against the law to discriminate against anyone because of:

  • age
  • gender reassignment
  • being married or in a civil partnership
  • being pregnant or on maternity leave
  • disability
  • race including colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin
  • religion or belief
  • sex
  • sexual orientation

These are called ‘protected characteristics’.

If you think you’ve been unfairly discriminated against you can:

  • complain directly to the person or organisation
  • use someone else to help you sort it out (called ‘mediation’ or ‘alternative dispute resolution’)
  • make a claim in a court or tribunal

Public authorities must take action to prevent discrimination against those with protected characteristics - for example, by carrying out Equality Impact Assessments which detail how those with protected characteristics would be affected by a decision. It would also mean that future decisions, services and policies made and adopted by the Council would be influenced by these considerations and we would be required to consult with care experienced people.

It would also require 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.


Privacy statement:

Personal data submitted (including any equalities data) will be processed in accordance with the requirements of the UK General Data Protection Regulations. Data will only be used for the purposes of the consultation. Details will not be shared or published. By participating, you agree to your data being used in this way. For the purposes of this survey, we are not asking for your name, address or contact details but will be asking some equalities questions.

For further information on how we use, share and protect your personal data in compliance with our legal requirements under the GDPR 2018 and Data Protection Act 2018, please refer to the council’s corporate privacy notice:

Croydon Council's Privacy Statement: https://www.croydon.gov.uk/council-and-elections/privacy-and-open-data/privacy-notices/corporate-privacy-notice

We would like to find out whether you think ‘care experience’ should be considered as a local 'protected characteristic' by Croydon Council and we would like to invite you to take part in our survey (see link below).

Opinions gained from the results of the survey will be analysed and used to report back to the Corporate Parenting Board and Cabinet. Any personal data will be treated anonymously. Your feedback will help us decide whether or not care experience is considered as a protected characteristic by the council.

Have your say and take part - survey closes on XXX XXXXX


What is ‘care experienced’?
By ‘care experienced’, we mean that someone has, at any stage of their life, and for any length of time, been in care. That means they were looked after by a local authority.

This includes, but is not limited to, people who:

  • spent time in the care of the local authority (e.g., foster care or children’s home)
  • were ‘looked after at home’ under a supervision order
  • spent time in kinship foster care (where a friend or family member becomes the foster carer)
  • spent time in kinship care through a formal arrangement, recognised by a local authority.

What is a ‘protected characteristic’?
At the moment it is against the law to discriminate against anyone because of:

  • age
  • gender reassignment
  • being married or in a civil partnership
  • being pregnant or on maternity leave
  • disability
  • race including colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin
  • religion or belief
  • sex
  • sexual orientation

These are called ‘protected characteristics’.

If you think you’ve been unfairly discriminated against you can:

  • complain directly to the person or organisation
  • use someone else to help you sort it out (called ‘mediation’ or ‘alternative dispute resolution’)
  • make a claim in a court or tribunal

Public authorities must take action to prevent discrimination against those with protected characteristics - for example, by carrying out Equality Impact Assessments which detail how those with protected characteristics would be affected by a decision. It would also mean that future decisions, services and policies made and adopted by the Council would be influenced by these considerations and we would be required to consult with care experienced people.

It would also require 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.


Privacy statement:

Personal data submitted (including any equalities data) will be processed in accordance with the requirements of the UK General Data Protection Regulations. Data will only be used for the purposes of the consultation. Details will not be shared or published. By participating, you agree to your data being used in this way. For the purposes of this survey, we are not asking for your name, address or contact details but will be asking some equalities questions.

For further information on how we use, share and protect your personal data in compliance with our legal requirements under the GDPR 2018 and Data Protection Act 2018, please refer to the council’s corporate privacy notice:

Croydon Council's Privacy Statement: https://www.croydon.gov.uk/council-and-elections/privacy-and-open-data/privacy-notices/corporate-privacy-notice

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