Accessibility statement

This website is run by Adopt South West. 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 using browser settings 
  • zoom in up to 300% without the text spilling off the screen using browser settings 
  • 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

We’ve also made the website text as simple as possible to understand. 

The My Computer My Way guide from AbilityNet is a step-by-step guide to help you make your device easier to use if you have a disability.

Translation

If you would like information on our website translated into another language, you may find one of the services listed below meets your needs. However, we cannot guarantee the accuracy of any external website or free website translators.

Under some circumstances, for example, if you cannot read the information easily in English, you can request information in a different language from us. This includes British Sign Language, easy read or a foreign language. Please contact our customer service centre for advice.

How accessible is this website?

This website has been developed to be as accessible as possible. However, we know some parts of this website aren’t fully accessible, including: 

  • some content may be difficult to navigate using a screen reader
  • some older PDF documents aren’t fully accessible to screen reader software 
  • some content does not have enough contrast, so people with moderate visual impairments may struggle to read it
  • some images do not have a text alternative, so people using a screen reader cannot access the information

What to do if you can’t access parts of this website

If you need information on this website in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille, please contact us using the contact details at the end of this statement.  

We’ll consider your request and get back to you as soon as possible. 

Reporting accessibility problems with this website 

We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find any problems that aren’t listed on this page or think we’re not meeting the requirements of the accessibility regulations, contact us using the contact details at the end of this statement. 

Enforcement procedure

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is responsible for enforcing the accessibility regulations. If you’re not happy with how we respond to your complaint, contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).  

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

Adopt South West is committed to making its website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018. 

Compliance

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

Non-accessible content

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

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

Some content may be difficult to navigate using a screen reader

Some content does not have enough contrast, so people with moderate visual impairments may struggle to read it

Some links are not distinct enough and may be difficult for people with moderate visual impairments to read

A few PDF documents published since September 2018 aren’t fully accessible to screen reader software. Any new PDFs or Word documents we publish will meet accessibility standards. 

Some images do not have a text alternative, so people using a screen reader cannot access the information. When we publish new content we’ll make sure our use of images meets accessibility standards. 

Some pages will scroll in two dimensions when viewed on small screens.

Content that’s not within the scope of the accessibility regulations

PDFs and other documents

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. 

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 as soon as possible.

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. For example, we don’t plan to fix the Children’s guide to adoptionThis and other PDFs on this website were designed as print-ready leaflets/brochures, which have been added to the website to supplement online content. We’ve assessed them and believe that they do not provide essential information about the service that isn’t available through other accessible methods. 

Any new PDFs or Word documents we publish will meet accessibility standards. 

Videos

A few of our older videos lack captions and do not meet accessibility standards. The accessibility regulations do not require us to add captions to videos produced before 23 September 2020 if they’re not essential to providing our services. Any new videos we publish will meet accessibility standards.

External links

This website may link to third-party, external websites or services that are not fully accessible.  

How we tested this website

We tested this website in the following ways: 

  • using the NVDA screen reader (last tested December 2018) 
  • WCAG 2.1 compliance using a third-party automated service (last tested September 2019). 
  • regular testing using a suite of browser-based accessibility reporting tools 
  • colour contrast checkers are used during the design phase and re-tested once launched

We tested our main website platform, available at www.adoptsouthwest.org.uk  

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

We provide training to all content authors to ensure new content is accessible. We monitor this website weekly and we aim to address any issues promptly. We will be reviewing this site regularly and updating this statement accordingly.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 18 June 2019. It was last reviewed on 16 September 2020. 

Contact us 

For any enquiries about the accessibility of this website, you can contact us by:

  • emailing digitalcomms@devon.gov.uk
  • calling 0345 155 1015 and asking for the ‘Digital Communications Team’
  • post at Digital Communications Team (G59), County Hall, Topsham Road, Exeter, Devon EX2 4QD

British Sign Language users can contact us using an online interpreter who will relay your conversation with an appropriate member of Devon County Council staff, and then sign back to you their response to your questions.