I've lost track of how many times I've seen this referral scheme mentioned in an article covering the repercussions of some supposedly racially inflammatory comment made in the classroom or workplace, yet we never hear what the results are; or if they indicate a shift in the accused's outlook i.e - 'So-and-so returned to teaching following a short sabbatical to attend a diversity workshop and colleagues are happy to report a changed outlook in their colleague. From where I'm standing the whole thing seems like a complete waste of money and energy because when you think about it it's a toothless sanction, and an obvious example of handwashing. I mean, no-one becomes a racist overnight and has to have harboured some degree of racial animosity to blurt out evidence of said racism, so a short course espousing racial harmony is unlikely to align their opinions with what's deemed acceptable by the courts and/or their employers, and they'll continue to harbour their racism privately. So, all-in-all, it a futile waste of time and resources that would be better used elsewhere. What's obvious is that it's an insurance policy designed to absolve those responsible for the accused's behaviour in case events repeat themselves and the employer can say: 'Well, we did send then on a course of diversity training. What else could we do?' They're washing their hands of it and passing the buck. Does anyone have any actual evidence that proves diversity training works? And if so, do you have any data to corroborate it?