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IEDP complete first programme of professional accreditations
The Institute of Equality and Diversity Practitioners have announced the completion of their first pilot of members’ professional assessment. Four members have been awarded full membership status at the Institute’s Level 2. The awards are the first ever in the UK to assess evidence-based professional competence in the field of equality and diversity. Whilst there are degree courses and myriad equality and diversity standards, never before has an independent body assessed and evaluated professional practitioners’ knowledge and application of UK equality law.

The Institute’s assessment panel represented UK business, education and the equality and diversity professional sectors. Panel members were Irene Gedalof of London Metropolitan University, Simon Langley of National Grid Kate Hinton and Paul Carswell of the IEDP Board. External validation of the process was provided by Stuart Speeden, Edge Hill University.
 
Linda Bellos (OBE), Chair of the Institute commented
 
“Now more than ever, it is essential to have a professional qualification for those who provide equality, diversity and human rights advice and support to every business sector. The Institute’s professional qualification is a great benefit to practitioners and employers. Practitioners have a specialist qualification and continuing professional development path. Employers can trust a qualification that is developed and delivered by the sector’s professional body.”

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Steve Carroll - Date Posted:03/09/2011

To dress up "Equality and Diversity" as a profession is an insult to real professions. The whole Equality and Diversity "industry" is a nonsense. The intrusions which are made into the private affairs of employees, council service users and members of the public in the name of promoting equality and diversity are horrendous. The sooner Equality and Diversity "professionals" are in the dole queue the better.


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