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Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Equality, diversity and community cohesion

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We are committed to the promotion of equality, diversity as well as fostering stronger and cohesive communities and ensuring that all our services are fully accessible to all Stockton residents.

We will achieve this by removing both direct and indirect discrimination wherever it exists.

We recognise that people may be disadvantaged because of their: age, gender, race, colour, ethnic, national, cultural or social origin; disability; religion and belief, or non-belief; marital status, family circumstances or caring responsibilities; sexual orientation; class, level of income or housing circumstances; or a variety of other circumstances and actively work to reduce and ultimately eliminate this disadvantage.

All local authorities are required to prepare and publish their equality objectives. You can find ours in the Big Plans Bright Future Local Council Plan.

If you have any comments or require further assistance, please contact the Diversity Team.


Reporting Hate Crime or Offensive Incidents

You can report any offensive incident or hate crime that you have suffered, or witnessed on behalf of someone else. The different types of offensive incidents or hate crime can also include damage, assault, verbal abuse and harassment even if you do not want us to take any further action. The guide lines that we follow is that:

An offensive incident is any incident which is perceived by the victim or any other person to be the result of hate or prejudice, as a result of the victim's gender, race, religion, disability, age or sexual orientation. Please be assured that all information received will be dealt with in the strictest of confidence.


How to report incidents

  • Ring the 24 hour reporting line 01642 607943.
  • Contact any Council or Thirteen Homes reception point.
  • Contact Stockton’s Citizens Advice Bureau on 01642 633877.
  • Contact the Police on 01642 326326 or visit any Police Station (in an emergency ring 999).
  • Contact Crime Stoppers on 0800 555111.


Useful Resources and Information:

Forced marriage (FM), Honour based Violence (HBV), Female Genital mutilation (FGM)
Forced marriage, Honour based Violence, Female Genital Mutilation is taken very seriously by the Council. It has been incorporated in the ‘Domestic Violence Strategy’ and has been highlighted in the DVS action plan 2014-2017.

Community Networks
In this section Stockton Borough Council has developed a Community Contact Network list, which is made up of local, sub regional and regional contacts across all the different various strands of Diversity.

Training information
Stockton Council Diversity Team can develop and deliver in-house bespoke training packages around Diversity & Equality issues for internal staff, external organisations and community/voluntary groups. They have a wide range of resources that they have developed.

Interpretation, Translation and Transcription Services
A full translation or summary versions of services are accessible through Stockton Borough Council website and can be viewed in English and several other languages using the automated free translation service. However, please note that these services are automated and therefore may produce some unreliable translations (e.g. 'kids' is translated to 'young goats.') If you require the services in any other formats or transcriptions please contact the Diversity Team on 01642 528830.

Visit our other languages page for further information.

Cultural awareness information
This guidance is aimed at helping colleagues in the Council to be more knowledgeable about the main features of different cultures and religious traditions. It also aims to increase their confidence in discussing needs and exploring a dialogue about different faiths and beliefs. Having a better understanding of different religious traditions and cultures will help colleagues to value and respect them, but of course, there is no substitute for asking the individual. Given the diversity within Stockton-On-Tees, increased cultural awareness can have a positive impact and make stronger cohesive communities.

Armed forces
Leaving the armed forces can have a huge impact on your life and your family. Not only must you find a new job and housing, but you must also settle your family into schools, jobs and social activities.

A wide range of services are available from Stockton Council that can help with your resettlement. Stockton Borough Council have set up a helpline number on 01642 528334 for members of the Armed Forces and Ex Forces service personnel which is available Monday - Friday, 9am-5pm.

Visit our support for armed forces personnel page for further information.


Stockton's Multi-Faith Calendar

Stockton Borough Council created the 2017 Multi-Faith Calendar assist in the planning and organising of events, meetings, functions and other activities. It contains some of the principal dates for key festivals across many faiths, beliefs, and religions.