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Inclusion & Equality Forum


Management of the Service's inclusion and equality performance is carried out through the Inclusion & Equality Forum. The responsibility for delivering the Inclusion Strategy action plan is embedded within appropriate service areas. Progress is managed and reported on by the Head of Prevention and Inclusion Policy who provides updates to the Elected Members where the Service is successfully improving inclusion and equality outcomes. The Forum acts as the scrutiny panel for Members and is pro-active in ensuring that inclusion is real throughout the Service.

I&E Forum Terms of Reference

The Inclusion & Equality Forum deals with the following issues which are known as its terms of reference:

  • To ensure that equality, fair treatment and social inclusion are integral to all DFRS decision making processes.
  • Monitor and constructively challenge evidence of performance progress against the objectives in the Inclusion Strategy and the associated Fire & Rescue Service Equality Framework.
  • Act as a constructive forum on key inclusion and equality strategies and policies.
  • Contribute to the setting of inclusion and equality performance targets where applicable.
  • Monitor effectiveness of formal partnership agreements in relation to inclusion and equality issues.
  • Receive equalities progress reports from the Prevention & Inclusion, Response and Protection portfolios on service delivery to local communities; and Human Resources in relation to the workforce.
  • Identify priority areas requiring improvement and progress in relation to inclusion and equality issues to meet service priorities.
  • Review and monitor the effectiveness of the corporate inclusion and equality training programme.
  • Receive information of relevant new legislation and statutory changes and the potential impact on service delivery or the workforce.

I&E Forum Members

Members of the Inclusions & Equity Forum consist of the Strategic Leadership Team and members of the Fire & Rescue Authority.  Other Fire & Rescue Service Officers attend as necessary

Julie Patten (Chair)

Julie Patten (Chair)

Derbyshire County Council
Hilton Ward

Robert Flatley (Vice Chair)

Robert Flatley (Vice Chair)

Derbyshire County Council
Ilkeston East Division

Martin Rawson

Martin Rawson

Derby City Council
Derwent Ward

Steve Marshall-Clarke

Steve Marshall-Clarke

Derbyshire County Council
Alfreton and Somercotes Division

I&E Forum Meeting Dates

  • 28 April 2020
  • 14 January 2020
  • 15 October 2019

The agenda and papers for the next meeting will appear here as soon as they are available.

For details of all previous meetings please visit our documents library.