This survey helps us to complete diversity monitoring which makes up part of Arts Council England's annual survey submission, which we must complete as a requirement of our funding.
This information will be anonymised and will not be held against any identifier or in your personnel record.
The guidance from Arts Council England provides the following information regarding the types of questions being asked:
Diversity is a key focus for this updated annual survey. We have increased the monitoring characteristics we are reporting against, and are committed to having an accurate picture of the diversity of the national portfolio. This is why there are questions about ethnicity, disability, age, gender and sexual orientation in this survey.
We have used the Office for National Statistics' (ONS) definitions for ethnicity categories, meaning we have a dataset that is consistent with other sectors and population data. This will allow us to better understand what you do and how you do it, and how this compares with national trend analysis.
We have also incorporated the concept of the Social Model of Disability. The social model of disability suggests was developed by disabled people in the 1970's and its basic principle states that people with impairments are disabled by society and its structures, organisational practices and barriers in the environment; these factors are socially constructed and lead to a complex and insitutionalised system of barriers which has a negative and discriminatory impact on disabled people.
Our collection includes physical and sensory disabilities, as well as learning disabilities and mental health, so that we can accurately build a picture of employment, and look to address any issues there may be. The Social Model approach continues to inform the thinking of the work we do and forms part of our reference when we develop new systems and structures. We aim to consult disabled people and their user-led organisations to try and ensure we develop an open and ongoing conversation.
Within this framework, we have broken down the monitoring data we are collecting into different impairment categories. Our method attempts to capture the employment of, for example, people with learning difficulties or with mental health issues. It is a new approach which we hope will allow us to expand the information we receive and strutinise more closely where gaps exist and what can be put in place to address them.
In our definitions of gender we now include non-binary, for those whose gender identity does not conform to conventional notions of male and female, and we will also ask for the number of staff whose gender is different to that which it was assumed to be at birth. We have adopted a consistent measure across all of our funding programme, and whilst we recognise there may be limitations in this data, we are continually monitoring guidance and best practice around this monitoring.
We've asked for a breakdown of the sexual orientation of staff, paid and voluntary. Whilst there is no legal obligation for you to collect this data, it is in line with best practice guidance, published by the charity Stonewall. We understand that this information may not yet be available, so please only complete this if you have the data. Staff should not be 'outed' and we would not expect for you to do this. The information must be obtained through official monitoring exercises. If you are conducting any staff surveys, or introducing new monitoring for new staff, please reflect this in your responses. We ask for this information because we want to better show the diversity, both visible and invisible, of the workforce in the sector.
For more information on best practice and how to monitor sexual orientation, go to: www.stonewall.org.uk/at_work/research_and_guides/4907.asp
We will treat this information in confidence and release data in an aggregated format or, as part of our commitment to open data and the data protection act, anonymised where individuals could be identifiable. Usually, were workforce is concerned, we will anonymise where less than five individuals are counted in a category.