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
Since 30 April 2013, SCRA has been required to carry out Equality Impact Assessments (EQIA) 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. An EQIA process helps look at how policy impacts on people because of their age, disability, sex, pregnancy and maternity, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, race and religion or belief. These are called ‘protected characteristics’ (see protected characteristics to find out more about what they cover).
An EQIA process is not just about identifying (and mitigating) negative impacts. It is about proactively looking for opportunities to promote equality.
We will prioritise EQIA’s where we are proposing changes to policies, practice or services and will also undertake some limited retrospective assessments. SCRA is currently reviewing the process to undertake Equality Impact Assessments to integrate them with Human Rights and Children’s Rights and Wellbeing Impact Assessments. SCRA will produce a revised toolkit, guidance and deliver training to staff to support this.
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.