Glossary: P

Protected Characteristics

Characteristics protect under the Equality Act 2010 including: age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership (in employment only), pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.


Preconceived opinion, dislike or hostility that is not based on reason or actual experience.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

An anxiety disorder caused by very stressful, frightening or distressing events.


Impairment in motor or sensory function of the lower extremities.


The loss of the ability to move some or all of the body.