Accessibility Statement

Accessibility Statement for Policing Board Website 2020/21

This statement applies to content published on the domain. It does not apply to third party domains hosting Northern Ireland Policing Board content or services.

This website is hosted by the Department of Finance and managed by both IT Assist and the Northern Ireland Policing Board. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. For example, that means you should be able to:

  • change colours, contrast levels and fonts
  • 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
  • listen to most of the website using a screen reader (including the most recent versions of JAWS, NVDA and VoiceOver)

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 parts of this website are not fully accessible. For example:

  • Parts of the website cannot be accessed via keyboard
  • There is no visible keyboard focus on the search bar or search button
  • Parts of the website do not have the correct colour contrast
  • There is a limit to how far you can magnify the tables on our “Previous Policing Board Members” page
  • Some parts of the website are not accessible by screen reader
  • Some parts of the website are inaccessible with stylesheets turned off
  • Most older PDF documents are not fully accessible to screen reader software


Feedback and contact information

If you need information in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille:

  • Email
  • Call 02890 408 500
  • Write to Communications Branch, Northern Ireland Policing Board, 31 Clarendon Road, Clarendon Dock, Belfast, BT1 3BG

When you make your request, it will help if you can tell us:

  • The web address (URL) of the content or name of the document if it is a PDF
  • Your name and email address, or physical address if you require a physical copy
  • The format you need the content in, for example audio CD, braille, BSL or large print, accessible PDF

We'll consider your request and get back to you within 20 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 the Northern Ireland Policing Board Communications Branch.


Enforcement procedure

The Equalities Commission for Northern Ireland (ECNI) is responsible for enforcing the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018 (the ‘accessibility regulations’). If you are not happy with our response, you can contact the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland. Their contact details are:

Postal address:
Equality Commission for Northern Ireland
Equality House
7-9 Shaftesbury Square


Email address:


02890 500 500


Contacting us by phone or visiting us in person

If you contact us before your visit we can arrange a sign language interpreter.

Find out how to contact us: /contact-us

Please note: due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Board remains open for business but our building is currently closed to the public.



Technical information about this website’s accessibility

Northern Ireland Policing Board is committed to making its website accessible in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.



Compliance status

This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Version 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances listed below.




Non accessible content

The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reasons.



Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations
A number of accessibility issues are related to the underlying Drupal content management system (CMS) and will require developer and web design input from the Board website host, IT Assist.

Users cannot tab to the carousel indicators or navigation controls to control the carousel on our homepage. Users also cannot tab to the ‘date’ dropdown on our publications section. This fails WCAG 2.1.1. Keyboard.

The carousel on our homepage cannot be paused stopped or hidden. This fails WCAG 2.2.2 Pause, Stop, Hide. The images on the carousel also do not have alt text, which fails WCAG 1.1.1. Non-Text Content.

All pages on the site have no visible keyboard focus on the search bar or search button. This fails WCAG 2.4.7 Focus Visible.

On our homepage, some text is displayed only through images. This fails WCAG 1.4.5 Images of Text.

Text on our homepage, publications section, and Questions to the Chief Constable page does not have the required colour contrast. This fails WCAG 1.4.3 Contrast (Minimum).

In mobile view, table content is cut off in our previous Policing Board Members page. This fails WCAG 1.4.10 Reflow.



Content that’s not within the scope of accessibility regulations

Many of our older PDFs do not meet accessibility standards - for example, they may not be structured so they’re accessible to a screen reader. This does not meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 4.1.2 (name, role value).

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 will make any essential or new PDFs or Word, Excel etc documents accessible for screen reading software, and available in alternative formats on request.



Preparation of this accessibility statement
This statement was prepared on 22 September 2020. It was last reviewed on 20 April 2021.

This website was last tested on 23 February 2021. The test was carried out by Government Digital Service (GDS) on behalf of the Minister of the Cabinet Office as part of their obligations to monitor the accessibility of public sector websites in the United Kingdom.

The website has also been audited by an outside contractor in October 2020.

Many of the issues remaining on the Policing Board website will have fixes implemented by IT Assist during an upcoming migration to a new hosting platform.