What is website accessibility?
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is the organisation responsible for developing web standards. The W3C states that: "Web accessibility means that websites, tools, and technologies are designed and developed so that people with disabilities can use them."
For a full definition, and to see what accessibility means for all website users, please see the W3C website.
While we try to make new content accessible to all users, we can't guarantee that every part of each site page will meet everyone's accessibility needs.
Our website features in-built tools to enable users to alter the way content is viewed using standard templates, e.g. the ability to alter text size.
Standard web browsing software offers options to allow users to alter the way they view content, and we do not deliberately override these options. Our websites explain how to use these tools.
Changing Browser Settings
We want as many people as possible to be able to use our website. 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)
AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.
Learn how to change browser settings to improve accessibility.
There is some content which is difficult to publish in a way that is fully accessible.
How accessible is our website
We know some parts of this website aren’t fully accessible:
- you can’t modify the line height or spacing of text
- most older PDF documents aren’t fully accessible to screen reader software
- some videos don’t have captions
- some links are missing alternative text (we are working on these)
- some of our online forms are difficult to navigate and fill out using just a keyboard or screen reader
Technical information about this website’s accessibility
We are committed to making the Slough Safeguarding 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.
Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations
Non text content – This doesn’t meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.1.1 Text Alternatives
Local link destination does not exist – This doesn’t meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.3.1 Info and Relationships
HTML is used to format content – This doesn’t meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.3.1 Info and Relationships
Form control label is missing text – This doesn’t meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.3.1 Info and Relationships
Link identified only by color – This doesn’t meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.4.1 Use of Color
Image field has no text – This doesn’t meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.4.5 Images of Text
Failure to provide enough time – This doesn’t meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.2.1 Timing Adjustable
Image text is missing alternative text – This doesn’t meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.2.4 Link Purpose
Form control label is missing text – This doesn’t meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.6 Headings and Labels
Form control label is missing text – This doesn’t meet WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.9 Name, Role, Value
Content that is not within the scope of the accessibility regulations.
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. Any new PDFs or Word documents we publish will meet accessibility standards.
We do not plan to add captions to live video streams because live video is exempt from meeting the accessibility regulations.
Reporting accessibility problems with this website
We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of our 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, get in touch with us.
Get in touch
If you find a piece of content which you feel is not accessible, or if you would like any content in another format, please contact us. We will do what we can to make the requested information available in an accessible format.
How we tested our website
Our website was last tested on 20 August 2021. The test was carried out by Siteimprove and WebAim Contrast Checker. This test involved a combination of automated and manual testing.
We use Siteimprove to flag up accessibility issues, we also do manual checks using the Government Digital Service checklist.
What we do to improve accessibility
We try to ensure the content of this website meets the requirements of the international WCAG 2.1 AA accessibility standard. This is the minimum standard considered to be acceptable for public sector websites.
We are working to resolve all identified accessibility issues which are within our control.
Preparation of this accessibility statement
This statement was prepared on 20 August 2020 and last reviewed on 23 August 2021.