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Audit (Health) Umbrella

Section 1: Governance

In order to work successfully with socially excluded groups, your organisation must have:

- Strong leadership committed to the principles of Inclusion Health;
- Effective mechanisms to ensure that diversity and inclusion is valued and achieved in your organisation; and
- A clear understanding of the experiences and requirements of people from Inclusion Health groups.

If you are serious about achieving this, it is critical that people with lived experiences of social exclusion are represented at all levels of your organisation. If your organisation is governed by a diverse group of people, you will have access to a diverse range of experiences and information. This will help your organisation to think innovatively about how you can achieve your organisation’s aim for all people.

Diverse representation
A truly inclusive organisation has diverse representation at all levels, including the trustee board. Consider whether you are building upon and incorporating existent good practice on promoting diversity in trustee boards when ensuring representation from inclusion health groups.
Clear policies
Effective diversity and inclusion policies should provide equality, fairness and respect for all members of your organisation. Everyone in your organisation should be aware of the policy and feel protected by it.
Achieving aim for all
In order to address health inequalities, it is important that actions are universal, but with a scale and intensity that is proportionate to the level of disadvantage. Consider whether you have fully taken disadvantaged groups into consideration when planning activities.
In order to identify progress and/or barriers to equality, diversity and inclusion, organisations must have clear processes in place to monitor this and to take action where issues are found.
It is important that organisations have a clear set of mechanisms in place to address issues captured in equalities monitoring in order to actively address the needs of chronically excluded groups.
It is important to have an identified person responsible for leading work on inclusion health in your organisation.
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