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 the Northern Ireland Policing Board. It is designed to be used by as many people as possible. The text should be clear and simple to understand. You should be able to:

  • Zoom in up to 400% without problems
  • Navigate most of the website with just a keyboard
  • Navigate most of the website using speech recognition software
  • Use most of the website using a screen reader (including the most recent versions of JAWS, NVDA and VoiceOver)


How accessible this website is

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

  • Some parts of the website are not accessible by screen reader
  • Some parts of the website are inaccessible with stylesheets turned off
  • Many documents are in PDF format and are not accessible

What to do if you cannot access parts of this website

If you need information in a different format, you can contact us via post, email, or telephone.
Postal address:
Communications Branch
Northern Ireland Policing Board
31 Clarendon Road
Clarendon Dock
Email address:
Telephone: 02890 408 500
When you make your request, you will need to 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

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

If you find any problems that are not listed on this page, or you think we’re not meeting the accessibility requirements you can contact us through the details listed above.

Enforcement procedure

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

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.
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.
The slider on the home page cannot be paused or stopped completely. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.2.2 (Pause, stop, hide)
There is no way to skip the repeated content in the page header for screen readers or keyboard navigation. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.1 (Bypass blocks)
Some of the code on the site is incorrect or incomplete, particularly around bullet points and tables. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 4.1.1 (Parsing)

Content that’s not within the scope of accessibility regulations

Many of our older PDFs and Word documents 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).
Some of our PDFs and Excel 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 Excel 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 will make any essential or new PDFs or Word, Excel etc documents available in alternative formats on request, and have how to request these documents outlined on our publications scheme.

How we tested this site

This website was last tested in March 2020. The test was carried out internally by Northern Ireland Policing Board’s Communications department.
We tested all pages on our main website platform, available at

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

The issues we have found on have been noted in an Action Plan, and have been actioned where possible. We are currently undertaking an additional external audit of the website, and recommendations from this will be implemented. Accessibility issues will also be addressed during the upcoming migration of website hosting to a new platform.