This website is run by West Sussex County Council. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website so in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018 we are committed to making this website as accessible as possible. 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

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

Currently this website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, were possible we’ll continue to make updates and change to improve the accessibility of this site

Non-accessible content
Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations includes the following:

Non-Text Content - Three homepage images don’t yet have a text alternative (alt text), so the information in them isn’t available to people using a screen reader. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.1.1 (Non-text Content). We are working to find a solution.

Language of Page - Several pages do not have the language specified in the header tag. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 3.1.1 – Language of Page. This issue will be fixed in a future release.

Error Identification - Some forms give pop up warning instead of messages next to each error. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 3.3.1 – Error Identification. All forms are now designed with accessability in mind. We are working to fix older forms that fail this guideline, all forms will be updated to meet this guidelines, we'll be working on the most used forms first.

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 by email learninganddevelopment@westsussex.gov.uk or call 01243 756834. We’ll do our best to accommodate your request.

Enforcement procedure
We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find any problems or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, please contact learninganddevelopment@westsussex.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 request please contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS)

Preparation of this accessibility statement
This statement was prepared on 25th September 2020.

This website was last tested on 25th July 2020. The test was carried out by WebBased Ltd who tested all areas of the site.

Text size
The website design includes the facility to increase the text size across the entire site. Select one of the options below to change the text size:
Default | Medium | Large

Use of colour
This website enables you to alter the contrast of the screen by reversing the foreground and background colours, making the text easier to read. Select one of the options below to change the contrast setting:
High contrast | Standard colours

Where the meaning of text on the website is implied through the use of colour, there will always be associated text to indicate its meaning.

Text only
The website design includes the facility to remove images and style sheets, providing users with a simplified format. Select one of the options below to change the text only setting::
Text only | Display styles

Access keys
All functions on this site can be accessed using the keyboard only. Shortcut keys allow you to jump to different sections of the site.

  • S - Skip navigation
  • 1 - Home page
  • 2 - What's new
  • 3 - Site map
  • 4 - Search
  • 6 - Help
  • 8 - Terms and conditions
  • 9 - Feedback form
  • 0 - Access key details

How to use access keys in different browsers

  • Internet Explorer : 'Alt + access key number' and then 'return' to go to page
  • Firefox : 'Alt + Shift + access key number' to go to page
  • Opera : 'Shift + Escape' then 'access key number' to go to page
  • Google Chrome : 'Alt + accesskey number' to go to page
  • Netscape Navigator : 'Alt + accesskey number' to go to page
  • Safari : Windows - 'Alt + accesskey number' to go to page
  • Mac - 'Ctrl + accesskey number' to go to page

Skip to content
There is a skip to content link at the top of every web page which moves the focus to the start of the main content on a web page.

Images
All images on the website have alternative text (alt text), which is displayed when users have turned off images in their browser, or when they are using screen reader technology

The text contained in the alt text will depend on the reason for the image:

  • Content images - will have alternative text with a summary of the image
  • Images used as links - will have alternative text with a summary of the image
  • Decorative images - will be given empty alternative text, so that they are silent when a screen reader reads the page.

Valid HTML
The web pages on this site have been passed through a HTML Validator, which checks for any incorrect programming code against the W3C standards. Sites that pass these validation checks will be read more easily by screen reader technologies.

Header elements
Every web page within the site has appropriate headings, and where applicable subheadings. The headings provide logical breaks in the content and are indicated to users using screen reader technologies.

Field labels
All data entry fields on the site have an associated label for clarity when using screen reader technologies

Sitemap
This website has a sitemap that lists all the pages on the site, providing the user with one click access to all web pages - Go to Sitemap

Navigating the site
You can move to different pages by using main categories on the menu bar at the top of each page. If you move your mouse over a button or link text you will notice the cursor change to a hand, this indicates that on selecting one of these options you will be directed to a different page.

Appropriate link and title text
Any text within the site that links to another page will clearly describe the new page; if you move your mouse over the text further information explaining the page will display in a standard tooltip.

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