Equalities seminar hears from experts and influencers

28 April 2017

Police Federation Equality Liaison Officers and stakeholders have received expert advice and training at a seminar in Staffordshire.

The event, from 24 to 26 April and arranged by the Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW), was chaired by Che Donald from our National Board and included a discussion on limited duties and ill-health retirement.

Law firm Slater and Gordon gave a presentation on employment tribunals and changes in law, and delegates also heard from criminal barrister Susannah Stevens from QEB Hollis Whiteman and from Neil Sutton of the PFEW Claims Department, who responded to questions.

PFEW equalities lead, Hayley Aley, said: “It was a really informative, successful seminar which covered a wide range of issues and perspectives – everything from legal support to specialised knowledge. I was particularly pleased to welcome Assistant Chief Constable of Cambridgeshire Police, Nav Malik, who presented on workforce diversity, which demonstrates that our organisation’s views are listened to by all ranks.”

Delegates also heard from John Nelson of the Police Autism Association about what Autism and Asperger’s is and how those with the condition see the world differently. Mr Nelson spoke in personal terms of the stigma and exclusion and being passed over for promotion that his members encounter, while stressing that with reasonable adjustments they are able to make a full contribution. Mustafa Mohammed of the Muslim Police Association also spoke of the effects of fasting and how forces can become more religiously tolerant.