Equality impact assessment of the National DNA Database

A number of organisations have expressed concern about the proportion of black persons on the NDNAD. The report of the Home Affairs Select Committee Inquiry: Young Black People and the Criminal Justice System, published in October 2007, recommended that the Government should conduct a study to determine the implications of the presence of a high proportion of the black male population on the NDNAD.

The National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA) carried out an Equality Impact Assessment (EIA) of the NDNAD and the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) DNA Good Practice Manual which provides guidance for police forces on the use of DNA, including the taking of DNA samples from persons in custody.

Stage 1 Equality Impact Assessments (EIAs) of the NDNAD and the ACPO DNA Good Practice Manual were undertaken and completed by the NPIA in 2007. These were initial screening assessments to identify any potential equality issues in processes.

Following on from Stage 1, the NPIA conducted a Stage 2 Equality Impact Assessment (EIA) review. The Stage 2 EIA looked in greater depth at any potential equality issues which were identified in the initial Stage 1 EIAs. Copies of the Stage 1 EIAs and the Stage 2 EIA have been published above.

The EIAs have highlighted areas that may have an adverse impact on different under represented groups and contain recommendations about how to address any such impact.

The work undertaken to date suggests that any bias in proportionality is likely to result from over-representation in the Criminal Justice System (CJS) as a whole and is not the result of inherent bias in the processes. 

Work on the NDNAD EIA recommendations will continue. It will also address any further issues arising following the implementation of the new DNA Retention Framework in conjunction with the NDNAD Strategy Board to ensure that equality issues are identified and considered as early as possible.

Read the NDNAD equality impact assessments.

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