We want everyone who uses our website to be able to find, read and understand our content.
We create content to meet the accessibility standards outlined in our technical accessibility statement. All content we create is compatible with assistive technology.
View the site your way
You can change the colours, contrast levels, font styles and magnify the page to 200% or more without the text spilling off the screen.
Navigate by headings
Use browser plugins or assistive technology such as screen readers to list the headings and subheadings in the page and go straight to the heading you need.
Navigate by links
Users of assistive technology, such as screen readers, can get a list of all the links on a page and understand their purpose from the link text.
Navigate by keyboard
Users who navigate by keyboard can see the interactive element currently focused on, such as links and form fields, through a highlighted outline.
Skip to content
Use a keyboard to find the skip links and jump directly to the main content on the page.
Listening to content
Use text to speech browser plugins or assistive technology to listen to content you select with the mouse or keyboard.
Screen reader users can listen to content, navigate the site and interact with menus.
Tools and plugins to help your online experience
Using different devices
To use websites with a range of devices, use the My Computer My Way’s guide to using assistive technologies.
We’ve designed our content to be as accessible as possible by providing maximum personalisation. If you still experience barriers, please contact us.
The website content works with assistive technologies that visitors might use, such as screen readers or text only browsers.
Learn more about how our web standards comply with WCAG 2.1 in our technical accessibility statement.
We undertake formal accessibility audits of the website on a yearly basis using WCAG 2.1 AA standards which guide our long term audit and improvement plans.
For more information about our commitment to compliance and how we check and maintain the accessibility of the website read our technical accessibility statement.
What we do about known issues
We work to achieve and maintain WCAG 2.1 AA standards, but it is not always possible for all our content to be accessible. Where content is likely to create a barrier, we’ll state a reason, warn users and offer alternatives.
If we have failed to identify a barrier, please contact us.
3rd party content
Our site includes 3rd party content and functionality.
Depending on our relationship with the 3rd party, we cannot always guarantee its accessibility.
Should you require any 3rd party content in an alternative format, you will need to contact the 3rd party directly to request this.
Links to other websites
For the benefit of our users we link to other websites. We are not responsible for the accessibility of these or any other websites we do not manage.
Using 3rd party content or functionality on our website
We feature 3rd party content or functionality on our website, including:
- survey tools to collect feedback from users
- insight tools which tell us how people are using the website
- applications for creating forms and storing data.
Where we choose to feature 3rd party content or functionality on our website, we are responsible for ensuring it meets accessibility standards.
If we have paid for content to be created, or have a contractual relationship with the commissioner, we ensure accessibility guidelines are met as part of contractual obligations.
Where we are legally required to feature 3rd party content or functionality, we cannot reasonably accept responsibility for ensuring it meets accessibility standards. However, where it is within our control, we will make every reasonable effort to work towards meeting accessibility requirements
3rd party platforms
We often create content which is hosted on 3rd party platforms. This includes:
- content we create for social media, such as Facebook or Twitter
- video which we host on YouTube or Vimeo
We are responsible for ensuring the content we supply meets accessibility requirements; however, we are not responsible for the accessibility of the platform itself.
For example, when we add video to one of our YouTube channels, we will ensure any subtitling, captions and audio-description are included as required. However, we are not responsible for the accessibility of the video player itself.
3rd party PDFs
We have links to PDFs created by 3rd parties which are also hosted on 3rd party websites.
Video, audio and downloads
Where we use rich media we make sure the media control buttons can be used without a mouse and are labelled for screen readers.
All video content has one or more of the following:
- a transcript
- audio description.
Our website has some downloadable resources including Word documents and PDFs. We will work toward ensuring that all downloadable resources meet accessibility regulations.
Contacting us and what happens next
Please contact us if you have any problems. Be as specific and detailed as you can. Please also tell us what you like and find useful.
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has useful tips on contacting organisations about inaccessible websites.
Once you have reported a problem with our website or asked for an alternative format, but you are not happy with our response, you can use our complaints process to register your difficulty; this helps us improve our systems.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is responsible for enforcing the accessibility regulations. If you’re not happy with how we respond to your complaint, contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).
This statement was last updated on 11th September 2019. We update this statement annually and will next review it in September 2020.