We’ve all been asked to tick a box defining our ethnicity at some point or another, writes Tarö Kili, whether when registering with a GP, enrolling a child in school, or signing up to a local service. But where does this data actually go, and what is it used for?
The answer to those questions, unfortunately, is often 'nowhere' and 'nothing'.
It is seen as an optional extra and a chore, and as a result, ethnicity data is an underused datapoint in public services.
But if we want to ensure that our processes and procedures are non-discriminatory, we need to start recording and using it seriously.