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Equality and Diversity - Disability


The Equality Act 2010 has replaced the Disability Discrimination Act of 2005 and provides a new cross-cutting legislative framework to protect the rights of individuals and advance equality of opportunity for all; to update, simplify and strengthen the previous legislation; and to deliver a simple, modern and accessible framework of discrimination law which protects individuals from unfair treatment and promotes a fair and more equal society.


The provisions of the Equality Act are being brought into force at different times to allow time for the people and organisations affected by the new laws to prepare for them.  Most of the provisions came into force on 1 October 2010.  The Government is considering how the remaining  provisions will be commenced so that the Act is implemented in an effective and proportionate way.

We are pleased to be a ‘Disability Confident Employer’.  This means that we are proud to employ and support disabled people, are a champion for employing disabled people and encourage others to do so.  As users of the Disability Confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for our vacancies.  



Contact Details

Trust Safeguarding Manager

Darent Valley Hospital,

Darenth Wood Road


Kent, DA2 8DA.

Tel: 01322 428865