Safer Places of Worship

Equalities & Discrimination

The Disability Discrimination Act has now been replaced by the Equalities Act 2010. The Act affords protection to individuals who may be subject to discrimination. 

The law, for example, requires that all disabled people are able to use your building and have access to the services you provide. Making ‘reasonable adjustments’ will assist in complying with the legislation however, what are ‘reasonable’ depends on a number of factors, in particular the size and resources of your place of worship.


The Act has application to many people from a broad spectrum and it is important that the legislation is complied with.

Guidance on the changes, obligations and what forms discrimination is available on the Home Office website:
www.homeoffice.gov.uk/publications/equalities/equality-act-publications/equality-act-guidance

If you visit the above link, toward the bottom of the page there are guidance notes specifically for the voluntary and community sector, however, other guidance may be more appropriate depending on the size and nature of your place of worship.