The purpose of monitoring is to enable British Taekwondo to examine how the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion policy and action plan are working.   If they are not working well we need to ask ourselves “why?” and do something to put it right.

Monitoring involves:

  1. Gathering individual personal information on the diversity of our membership and workforces
  2. Comparing and analysing this against:
    • Other groups in membership
    • Other groups within the British Taekwondo workforce
    • The local community
    • The broader national statistics

Monitoring is about looking for significant differences between groups or identifying trends over periods of time, then asking ourselves “why is this so?”.


Some frequently asked questions about monitoring

Q. Why is British Taekwondo monitoring?

A. British Taekwondo wants to celebrate the diversity of the membership and ensure that we are providing equality opportunities across different groups. We can only do this if we monitor who the membership is.


Q. Is monitoring an invasion of my privacy?

A. It may be perceived this way, but monitoring is always confidential and your details will not be made available to unauthorised people. Such data will only be used to ensure our organisation lives up to its Equality, Diversity and Inclusion policy.


Q. Why bother, nothing changes anyway?

A. We need to ensure equality is a reality and any failings in the past must not prevent us from striving to get it right. Effective monitoring helps us make sure that as many members as possible benefit from the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion policy.


Q. What difference does it make? If you practise equality, it shouldn’t matter what I am?

A. It shouldn’t and that is what we are working to overcome. We all have a heritage and different personal circumstances that affect how we perceive the works around us and how it perceives us. These perceptions, real of otherwise, can become barriers to us.  Monitoring is the best way of removing these barriers.


Q. When and how will information be collected from the membership?

A. Equality Monitoring Form will be distributed to all Instructors to pass on to their members when their membership is due for renewal. The forms will be returned to our Membership Services Team for inputting.


Q. When will British Taekwondo have some baseline data available?

A. It will take us at least 1 year to gather some baseline data from our membership and then we can assess whether we are providing a fair and equitable service.


Q. What happens if members decide not to complete the form?

A. The information provided by our members will help us provide better support, products and services at the right time, in the right place. Without the information, progress will be slower and we may lose members because they do not feel that our clubs or British Taekwondo departments value their individuality.


Monitoring Ethnicity

We ask members to respond to this information request positively as it will help us ensure that our policies and practices do not inadvertently discriminate because of ethnicity.  British Taekwondo assures you that any information you provide here will only be used to monitor the effectiveness of our policies and we will take steps to ensure this information remains confidential to a limited number of staff in our Membership Services Team.

Disability Monitoring

To make positive changes, British Taekwondo wants to address the different barriers faced by people with disabilities and impairments.  Many people who do not consider themselves to be disabled may be covered by the Equality Act 2010 because they have a health condition that has an impact on their lives.

What do we mean when we say disability?

  • Do you have a physical or mental impairment?
  • Is it long term?
  • Does this make it difficult for you to do the things that most people do on a fairly regular and frequent basis?

If so, you may have rights under the Equality Act 2010.  This includes people who are receiving treatment or using equipment (except glasses or contact lenses) that alleviates the effects of an impairment or a condition, people with an impairment or condition that is likely to recur, people who have conditions that will get worse over time and people with severe disfigurements.

Members and employees with a disability or health condition are entitled in law to ‘reasonable adjustments’ to address their needs for support.  Therefore we are interested in any disability or health condition that may require a reasonable adjustment to overcome any such barriers.

Gender Monitoring

Concentrations of either men or women into certain roles, and the impact of family commitments are some reasons why men and women experience Taekwondo differently.  Gender monitoring is key to ensuring that all members have access to the same opportunities and British Taekwondo is committed to work at achieving this.

Age Monitoring

We all have an age.  Age discrimination regulations are designed to ensure that our members and workforce are judged by their abilities and not their age.  Greater experience does not always associate itself with greater ability and neither does older age and inability to learn new skills.  By monitoring age we seek to uncover these and other assumptions in the way we work in British Taekwondo.  We are committed to ensuring that members take part in appropriate Taekwondo activities and competitions, which may be regulated by age groups.

Religion and Belief

Whether or not you have a religion and what you do or don’t believe in is likely to make a difference to you and how you perceive the world.  These perceptions are carried across into clubs, at events and into our workplaces.

It is said by some that what you do or don’t believe is a private matter that should have no effect on Taekwondo.  It is indeed a private matter but it would be disingenuous to say that it had no effect on your membership or employment.  For example, British Taekwondo running competitions, events or training during periods of religious fasting for some members may well place them at a disadvantage in these instances.

British Taekwondo is committed to ensure fairness and equal access to all members whatever their faith or beliefs.  Below is a list of religions that are the most commonly found in Britain.  They are listed in alphabetical order and not intended to signify rank in terms of importance, furthermore we acknowledge that the list is not exhaustive and if your religion is not specifically listed then we ask you not to take offence as none was intended.