Equality and Inclusion
SCRA is committed to eliminating discrimination and encouraging diversity amongst our workforce and throughout our organisation. We oppose all forms of unlawful and unfair discrimination.
Our aim is that SCRA embraces, acknowledges and is representative of all sections of society; promoting equality and respect for all so that everyone is able to achieve their potential.
SCRA is committed to promoting the practice of equality and diversity in all our services, operations and dealings with employees, children, young people and their families and all partner agencies.
SCRA aims to ensure that it employs and deploys a workforce that is diverse and equipped with the right mix of skills and experience to deliver a quality service to children and young people.
Legislation and regulations
SCRA is covered by general and specific equality duties arising from the Equality Act (2010) and is committed to ensuring it not only complies with equalities legislation and best practice, but mainstreams equalities into every aspect of its core business. The Scottish Specific Duties Regulations came into force on 27 May 2012.
These regulations have been amended twice – in 2015 and again in 2016. All three sets of Regulations must be read together. This general equality duty requires public authorities, in the exercise of their functions, to have due regard to the need to:
1. Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and any other conduct that is prohibited under the Act
2. Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a relevant protected characteristic and those who do not share it
3. Foster good relations between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it.
Equalities Outcomes progress and mainstreaming report
Our Equality Outcomes and Mainstreaming Progress Report has been published (28 March 2019). You can see our previous report (published May 2017) here.
SCRA Equalities Strategy
Since publication of that strategy, there has been significant further development of our approach and in May 2018 we launched our Equalities & Inclusion Strategy and outcomes 2018-21. You can view the strategy here.
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 as amended.
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 as amended.
SCRA provides extensive statistics on children and young people we work with – visit the resource section of our website.
Equality Impact Assessments
As a public body, SCRA is subject to the requirements of the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) and its related Specific Duties imposed under the Equality Act 2010. SCRA also has a duty under the Human Rights Act 1998 (HRA) “not to act incompatibly with the rights under the European convention for the Protection of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms (the Convention).” The aim of these statutory duties is to help advance equality and to protect individuals’ rights and freedoms.
SCRA has a statutory duty to assess the equality impact of applying its policies, practices, systems and processes. The purpose is to improve outcomes for those who may experience discrimination and disadvantage.
We welcome Equality Impact Assessment as a way to meet our statutory duties, improve our service delivery and create an inclusive working environment for our staff. We have integrated our equality impact assessments with the protection of human rights and the promotion and safeguarding of the rights of children and young people.
Subject to relevance and proportionality, equality and human rights impact should be assessed on all ‘policies, practices and processes’ – interpreted widely to include the full range of SCRA’s policies, provisions, criteria, functions, practices and activities, including decisions and the delivery of services – essentially everything we do.
Equality and Human Rights Impact Assessments (“EHRIAs”) are carried out within existing systems and frameworks. It is a recognised way of improving policy development and service delivery. By assessing equality and human rights impact including the consideration of children’s rights and the socio economic duty, we proactively consider the needs of the children, young people and their families whom we serve, our staff and our stakeholders, identify potential steps to advance equality and foster good relations, and ensure that we do not discriminate unlawfully.
EHRIAs contribute to SCRA’s Equality Strategy commitment to mainstream equality, diversity and inclusion across all of our work and to achieve the equality outcomes set out in the Strategic Plan 2018-21 and the Equality Strategy Action Plan.
SCRA is also a member of the NDPB Equality Group whose primary purpose is to share information and best practice on equalities across the public sector which will help enable each NDPB to meet the requirements of the equality legislation.
SCRA is also a member of the Justice Board Equality and Diversity sub-group.