This accessibility statement applies to www.harrowscb.co.uk
This website is run by the Harrow Safeguarding Children Board. We want as many people as possible to be able to access and use this website. For example, that means you should be able to:
- zoom in up to 300% without the text spilling off the screen
- navigate most of the website using just a keyboard
- navigate most of the website using speech recognition software
We’ve also made the website text as simple as possible to understand.
AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.
How accessible this website is
We know some parts of this website are not fully accessible:
- you cannot modify the line height or spacing of text
- most older PDF documents are not fully accessible to screen reader software
- live video streams do not have captions
- some of our online forms are difficult to navigate using just a keyboard
Feedback and contact information
If you need information on this website in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille:
- email LSCB@harrow.gov.uk
We will consider your request and get back to you within 5 working days.
Reporting accessibility problems with this website
We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find any problems not listed on this page or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, contact: LSCB@harrow.gov.uk
The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is responsible for enforcing the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018 (the ‘accessibility regulations’). If you’re not happy with how we respond to your complaint, contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).
Find out how to contact us LSCB@harrow.gov.uk
Technical information about this website’s accessibility
The Harrow Safeguarding Children Board is committed to making this website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.
This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard.
The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reasons.
Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations
Some images do not have a text alternative, so people using a screen reader cannot access the information. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.1.1 (non-text content).
We plan to add text alternatives for all images. When we publish new content we will make sure our use of images meets accessibility standards.
Navigation and accessing information
There is no way to skip the repeated content in the page header (for example, a ‘skip to main content’ option).
It’s not always possible to change the device orientation from horizontal to vertical without making it more difficult to view the content.
It’s not possible for users to change text size without some of the content overlapping.
Interactive tools and transactions
Some of our interactive forms are difficult to navigate using a keyboard. For example, because some form controls are missing a ‘label’ tag.
Our forms are built and hosted through third party software and ‘skinned’ to look like our website.
We’ve assessed the cost of fixing the issues with navigation and accessing information, and with interactive tools and transactions. We believe that doing so now would be a disproportionate burden within the meaning of the accessibility regulations. We will make another assessment when the supplier contract is up for renewal.
Content that’s not within the scope of the accessibility regulations
PDFs and other documents
Some of our PDFs and Word documents are essential to providing our services. For example, we have PDFs with information on how users can access our services, and forms published as Word documents. We plan to either fix these or replace them with accessible HTML pages.
The accessibility regulations do not require us to fix PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018 if they’re not essential to providing our services.
We cannot guarantee new PDFs or Word documents we publish will meet accessibility standards, but we are taking steps to address this.
We do not plan to add captions to live video streams because live video is exempt from meeting the accessibility regulations.
Embedded YouTube videos don’t allow compliant HTML5 code; we’re monitoring any negative effects on overall ‘user experience’ and we’ll review our online services when new technologies emerge.
What we’re doing to improve accessibility
We will continue to assess the accessibility of this website and work towards improving this over time.
We are being supported by Harrow council who are working with an accessibility provider. We will monitor and review our position in 3 months’ time.
Preparation of this accessibility statement
This statement was prepared on 15/06/2022 and will be reviewed on an annual basis.
This website was last tested on 15/06/2022. The test was carried out by Phew Design Limited.
We used SiteImprove to check the Accessibility compliance of all our webpages on 15/06/2022.