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Understanding equal opportunities

An understanding of issues around equality of opportunity is a pre-requisite for effective guidance. Much research focuses on single dimensions of inequality. However, it is increasingly acknowledged that there is often a multi-dimensional aspect to inequality. The section on 'cross-cutting disadvantage' addresses this broader context.This section starts to explore some complex issues related to this area. This section of the website aims to:

  • Acknowledge the complexity of how disadvantage operates
  • Emphasise the importance of a commitment to the pursuit of 'equal opportunities' that extends beyond knowledge of legislation
  • Highlight the need for this commitment to address all aspects of disadvantage and permeate every activity
  • Provide practical resources and relevant links for those who want to know more


For more on particular sets of issues around equal opportunities, see sections on: