Accessibility on this website is guided by government standards and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG). WCAG guidelines are widely accepted as the international standard for accessibility on the web.

Whilst we aim to make this website accessible to all users and achieve a WCAG conformance level 'AA'; we continually work with stakeholders to ensure that conformance level 'A' is adhered to as a minimum.

We are currently in the process of commissioning a new website in accordance with government accessibility standards ready for launch in March 2021. If you experience any accessibility issues on this site or have any comment, please contact us.

How accessible this website is:

Version 1, reviewed 07/10/20

Compliance Status

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

We know some parts of this website are not fully accessible:

  • Some images are not captioned or described
    This fails WCAG 2.1 Success Criterion 1.1.1 Non-text Content

  • Some videos are not captioned or audio described
    This fails WCAG 2.1 Success Criterion 1.2.1 Audio-only and Video-only (Pre-recorded) Level A; and 1.2.2 Captions Level A

  • Some auto-reader tools do not follow headings and text in the intended order
    This fails WCAG 2.1 Success Criterion 1.3.2 Meaningful Sequence Level A

  • Keyboard navigation – tabbing through pages does not indicate where users are on the page and users are unable to skip content
    This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.1.1 Keyboard Level A

  • Some links to external resources, documents and PDFs are not clearly labelled because of their titles
    This fails WCAG 2.1 Success Criterion 2.4.4 Link Purpose (In Context) Level A

  • Some images contain text that will not be compatible with an auto-reader tool
    This fails WCAG 2.1 Success Criterion 1.4.5 Images of Text Level AA

  • Some pages have colour contrast errors between text and background or image and background
    This fails WCAG 2.1 Success Criterion 1.4.3 Contrast (Minimum) Level AA

  • Some movable content can be paused by clicking and dragging with the cursor, but does not have a Pause, Stop, Hide mechanism
    This fails WCAG 2.1 Success Criterion 2.2.2 Pause, Stop, Hide Level A

Disproportionate Burden

Within the current resource, we will work towards making our website more accessible in line with the WCAG version 2.1 Level A and Level AA guidelines.

Navigation and accessing information

  • There’s no way to skip the repeated content in the page header (for example, a ‘skip to main content’ option).

  • It’s not always possible to change the device orientation from horizontal to vertical without making it more difficult to view the content.

  • It’s not possible for users to change text size without some of the content overlapping.


PDFs and Other Documents

The accessibility regulations do not require us to fix PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018 if they are not essential to providing our services. We do not plan to fix any PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018, however we will endeavour to make any new PDFs or Word documents accessible wherever possible.

We are aware that some external resources, documents and PDFs don’t not meet the accessibility guidelines, for example, are not compatible with an auto-reader tool and contain images without descriptions. We are in constant review of these external resources in line with the accessibility guidelines to see which of these resources are essential to keep, or can be removed or replaced with resources that meet the accessibility guidelines.


Live Video

We endeavour to add captions to live audio or video streams wherever possible, however live video is exempt from meeting the accessibility regulations. We will always aim to provide subtitled versions of pre-recorded videos that we produce.


Preparation of this accessibility Statement

This statement was prepared in October 2020A revised statement will be uploaded onto the new Public Health Network Cymru website in March 2021.

This website was last tested in December 2019. The test was carried out internally.

Adobe - Read Out Loud

Newer versions of Adobe Reader (version 7 and above) have inbuilt "read out loud" functionality. Portable Document Format (PDF) documents can be read out loud in three short steps:

  • Open a PDF document and click on "View"
  • Select "Read Out Loud"
  • Activate Read Out Loud

Frequently used shortcuts include:

  • Shift + Ctrl + Y: Activate Read Out Loud
  • Shift + Ctrl + V: Read current page
  • Shift + Ctrl + B: Read to end of document
  • Shift + Ctrl + C: Pause / Resume reading
  • Shift + Ctrl + E: Stop

Adjusting Text Size

  • Internet Explorer: Go to "View" on the menu bar > Select text size / zoom
  • Firefox: Go to "View" on the menu bar > Select text size / zoom. Alternatively hold down the "Ctrl" button on your keyboard and press the plus (+) key to increase text size. To reduce the latter hold down the "Ctrl" button and press the minus (-) key
  • Please note that the above settings may differ depending on the browser version.

Downloading Files

You may need to download the following readers / viewers to access different document formats on this site. These can be downloaded free from relevant external websites as indicated below: