City of York Council

Equalities Impact Assessment




Who is submitting the proposal?






Service Area:


Education, Skills and SEND

Name of the proposal :


Update on the progress of Early Talk for York and plans to scale further

Lead officer:


Rob Newton, Social Mobility Project Manager

Date assessment completed:



Names of those who contributed to the assessment :


  Job title


Area of expertise

Rob Newton

Social Mobility Project Manager

City of York Council

Social mobility













Step 1 – Aims and intended outcomes 




What is the purpose of the proposal?

Please explain your proposal in Plain English avoiding acronyms and jargon.


To give access to the Early Talk for York approach – training, resources and support – to more professionals in the city working with early years aged children in relation to children’s speech, language and communication development.



Are there any external considerations? (Legislation/government directive/codes of practice etc.)


This proposal directly supports the Local Authority’s statutory duty to

·        Ensuring that the quality of education within the local area is at least good

·        Ensuring that the needs of children with SEND and those with defined characteristics and vulnerabilities are being met

It also supports schools and setting to meet the statutory requirements as laid out in the Early Years Foundation Stage



Who are the stakeholders and what are their interests?


Early years practitioners in settings and schools, parents and carers, children (0-5)

Members of the York Schools and academies board – provided funding to support Early Talk for York

Health – joint commissioning of a SALT to support Early Talk for York


What results/outcomes do we want to achieve and for whom?  This section should explain what outcomes you want to achieve for service users, staff and/or the wider community. Demonstrate how the proposal links to the Council Plan (2019- 2023) and other corporate strategies and plans.



To improve outcomes for all children aged 0 - 5, but particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds, in the speech, language and communication domains of their development


This links directly to the Council Plan ‘A better start for children and young people’ and the ambition to ‘Continue to prioritise gaining improved outcomes for our most disadvantaged children and young people in the city’ as well as in the 2021 update to ‘Evaluate the potential scalability of the Early Talk for York scheme’

It supports the aims to have a ‘strong quality early years sector’ that ‘engages our most vulnerable children’ and ‘The attainment gap between our most disadvantaged children and young people and their peers will have reduced’






Step 2 – Gathering the information and feedback 



What sources of data, evidence and consultation feedback do we have to help us understand the impact of the proposal on equality rights and human rights? Please consider a range of sources, including: consultation exercises, surveys, feedback from staff, stakeholders, participants, research reports, the views of equality groups, as well your own experience of working in this area etc.

 Source of data/supporting evidence

Reason for using

Evaluation of the current Early Talk for Yok approach


This is the model that is being considered for scale up so is a real world application.

Feedback from key stakeholders


This allows a multi perspective lens on the proposal

Informal feedback from potential future participants


To understand the ways in which the model can fit with existing practices.




Step 3 – Gaps in data and knowledge




What are the main gaps in information and understanding of the impact of your proposal?  Please indicate how any gaps will be dealt with.

Gaps in data or knowledge

Action to deal with this

None identified








Step 4 – Analysing the impacts or effects.



Please consider what the evidence tells you about the likely impact (positive or negative) on people sharing a protected characteristic, i.e. how significant could the impacts be if we did not make any adjustments? Remember the duty is also positive – so please identify where the proposal offers opportunities to promote equality and/or foster good relations.

Equality Groups


Human Rights.

Key Findings/Impacts

Positive (+)

Negative (-)

Neutral (0) 

High (H) Medium (M) Low (L)


This work is demonstrating a positive impact on improving outcomes for early years aged children





This work is demonstrating a positive impact on improving outcomes for children with identified special educational need or disability





None identified



Gender Reassignment

None identified



Marriage and civil partnership

None identified




and maternity

None identified




None identified




and belief

None identified





None identified



Other Socio-economic groups including :

Could other socio-economic groups be affected e.g. carers, ex-offenders, low incomes?



None identified



Low income


This work is having a particularly positive effect on improving outcomes for children from lower income backgrounds.



Veterans, Armed Forces Community

None identified





None identified



Impact on human rights:



List any human rights impacted.

None identified





Use the following guidance to inform your responses:



-         Where you think that the proposal could have a POSITIVE impact on any of the equality groups like promoting equality and equal opportunities or improving relations within equality groups

-         Where you think that the proposal could have a NEGATIVE impact on any of the equality groups, i.e. it could disadvantage them

-         Where you think that this proposal has a NEUTRAL effect on any of the equality groups listed below i.e. it has no effect currently on equality groups.


It is important to remember that a proposal may be highly relevant to one aspect of equality and not relevant to another.



High impact

(The proposal or process is very equality relevant)

There is significant potential for or evidence of adverse impact

The proposal is institution wide or public facing

The proposal has consequences for or affects significant numbers of people

The proposal has the potential to make a significant contribution to promoting equality and the exercise of human rights.


Medium impact

(The proposal or process is somewhat equality relevant)

There is some evidence to suggest potential for or evidence of adverse impact

The proposal is institution wide or across services, but mainly internal

The proposal has consequences for or affects some people

The proposal has the potential to make a contribution to promoting equality and the exercise of human rights


Low impact

(The proposal or process might be equality relevant)

There is little evidence to suggest that the proposal could result in adverse impact

The proposal operates in a limited way

The proposal has consequences for or affects few people

The proposal may have the potential to contribute to promoting equality and the exercise of human rights





Step 5 - Mitigating adverse impacts and maximising positive impacts



Based on your findings, explain ways you plan to mitigate any unlawful prohibited conduct or unwanted adverse impact. Where positive impacts have been identified, what is been done to optimise opportunities to advance equality or foster good relations?


   This work has a particularly positive impact on outcomes for children from lower income backgrounds.  Future scale up work will use available data to ensure that resources are targeted effectively to maximise the potential for improving outcomes for children from lower income backgrounds.









Step 6 – Recommendations and conclusions of the assessment




Having considered the potential or actual impacts you should be in a position to make an informed judgement on what should be done. In all cases, document your reasoning that justifies your decision. There are four main options you can take:

-    No major change to the proposal – the EIA demonstrates the proposal is robust.  There is no                     

   potential  for unlawful discrimination or adverse impact and you have taken all opportunities to

   advance equality and foster good relations, subject to continuing monitor and review.

-         Adjust the proposal the EIA identifies potential problems or missed opportunities. This involves taking steps to remove any barriers, to better advance quality or to foster good relations.


-         Continue with the proposal (despite the potential for adverse impact) – you should clearly set out the justifications for doing this and how you believe the decision is compatible with our obligations under the duty


-         Stop and remove the proposal – if there are adverse effects that are not justified and cannot be mitigated, you should consider stopping the proposal altogether. If a proposal leads to unlawful discrimination it should be removed or changed.


Important: If there are any adverse impacts you cannot mitigate, please provide a compelling reason in the justification column.

Option selected



No major change to the proposal








The EIA has not identified any adverse effects and has identified several positive effects in relation to equalities. 





Step 7 – Summary of agreed actions resulting from the assessment




What action, by whom, will be undertaken as a result of the impact assessment.


Action to be taken

Person responsible




















Step 8 - Monitor, review and improve


8. 1

How will the impact of your proposal be monitored and improved upon going forward?   Consider how will you identify the impact of activities on protected characteristics and other marginalised groups going forward? How will any learning and enhancements be capitalised on and embedded?



The work will continue to be evaluated against the evaluation schedule.