Equality and Diversity
SCRA is committed to Equal Opportunities. Since the 5th April 2011, SCRA has been covered by the new public sector equality duty introduced as a result of the Equality Act 2010. The public sector equality duty requires public authorities, in the exercise of their functions, to have due regard to the need to:
- Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and any other conduct that is prohibited under this Act;
- Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a relevant protected characteristic and those who do not share it;
- Foster good relations between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it.
Equality Work in SCRA is led by the Equalities Network which is a sub group of SCRA’s National Partnership Forum (UNISON and SCRA).
SCRA Equalities Outcomes
SCRA will publish our outcomes in line with The Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties) (Scotland) Regulations 2012.
In 2012 SCRA established a joint Equalities Network with UNISON. This network was tasked with developing the outcomes which SCRA has published in pursuance of fulfilling its specific equalities duties. The outcomes created for 2013 can be found here: SCRA’s Equality Outcomes.
Following feedback from the EHRC Equality Outcomes Improvement Project in July 2014 on our 2013 initial equality outcomes, SCRA (Equalities Network) in partnership with UNISON and Stonewall created a new set of Equality Outcomes.
Our August 2014 outcomes can be found here: Revised Equality Outcomes.
The revised document takes account of feedback received from the EHRC Equality Outcomes Improvement Project in both July and October 2014 and have outputs and timescales up to 2020.
SCRA Equal Pay Statement
SCRA is committed to the aims of the Equality Act 2010 and the principle of Equal Pay for all employees. SCRA will publish statements in line with The Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties) (Scotland) Regulations 2012.
SCRA’s detailed March 2015 Equal Pay Audit Statement can be found here. The statement shows that there are no unexplainable or significant equal pay gaps in SCRA.
SCRA Equalities Statistics
SCRA will publish statistics in line with The Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties) (Scotland) Regulations 2012.
Click here to view SCRA’s Staff Equalities Statistics 2014.
SCRA provides extensive statistics on children and young people we work with – visit the resources section of our website.
Click here to find our August 2014 statistics on Children, Young People and Families (Census and Scottish Government data sets).
Equality Impact Assessments
SCRA is required to carry out Equality Impact Assessments (EIA) on every service it provides as it has a duty to assure the public and the Scottish Government that it has considered how its services reflect the needs of the communities it serves. We will prioritise EIA’s where we are proposing changes to policies, practice or services and will also undertake some limited retrospective assessments.
SCRA has developed a process to undertake Equality Impact Assessments and has also produced a guidance document.
SCRA will publish reports in line with The Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties) (Scotland) Regulations 2012.
SCRA’s March 2015 Mainstreaming and Progress on Equality Outcomes Report outlines the progress SCRA is making on integrating equality into our functions and practices.