Inclusive language is a form of communication that avoids using words, expressions, or assumptions that stereotype, demean or exclude people. For example, gendered language is commonly understood as a language that is biased towards a particular sex or social gender. In English, this would include using gender-specific terms referring to professions or people, such as businessman or fireman.

Language is powerful and can have varying effects; we acknowledge not everyone understands the words or phrases that are considered hurtful or offensive and that changing personal habits requires patience and empathy.

Writing about ethnicity - GOV.UK (

•   Avoid acronyms
•   When speaking about groups of people in general, use inclusive terms such as multi-             cultural
•   When speaking about individual groups, use specific terms that the group identifies with