Equality and Inclusion

Mission Statement

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 (31 March 2020). You can see our previous report (published March 2019) 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. Our next three year strategy is currently being finalised and will be available shortly.


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.

You can view our latest Gender Pay Gap Report for 2020 here. 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. The information in the Equal Pay Audit Statement is still current (January 2020). In addition, the latest version of our Equal Pay Statement (2018) is available to view here.


SCRA Equalities Statistics

SCRA will publish statistics in line with The Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties) (Scotland) Regulations 2012 as amended.

New 2020 – SCRA’s Employee Statistics are now available here. Statistics from last year are available here – March 2019.

SCRA provides extensive statistics on children and young people we work with – visit the resource section of our website.


Equality and Human Rights Impact Assessments

Equality and Human Rights Impact Assessments (EHRIAs) are a recognised way of improving policy development and service delivery. By assessing equality and human rights impact of our policies and practices, 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.

SCRA has a statutory duty to publish EHRIAs. Here is our most recent ones to be published:

VR – VER EHRIA

Annual Workforce Plan EHRIA

Interim Child Protection Policy EHRIA

Equalities and Inclusion Mainstream Report and Outcomes EHRIA

Mental Health and Wellbeing EHRIA

People Strategy EHRIA

Corporate Procurement Strategy EHRIA

Electronic Paper Transmission  EHRIA

Virtual Children’s Hearing – EHRIA


Partnership Working

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.


Queries

If  you would like more information or if you have any comments or suggestions about equality and inclusion matters relating to SCRA, please email us via the communications mailbox


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