Children's hearings and pre-hearing panels - composition changes: equality impact assessment

An assessment of the equality impacts of introducing flexibility into the requirement for children's hearings to have both male and female panel members.

Key Findings

There is no evidence to suggest a discernible impact on any protected characteristic other than Sex.

There are no indications that the current prescriptive legislation leads to unlawful discrimination, rather an over-reliance on a small number of male panel members.

CHS believe that the change will reduce pressure on overburdened Panel Members who identify as male.



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