Police publish new Equality Outcomes

Date: 28th May 2021
Category: UN Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)

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New joint Equality Outcomes have been published to act in line with the Equality Act 2010, thereby eliminating discrimination, harassment and victimisation, whilst advancing equal opportunities for individuals with protected characteristics.

These Outcomes form part of a duty to publish a set of Equality Outcomes at least every four years and report equality progress at least every two years.

Following widespread consultation, eight equality outcomes covering employment and service delivery have been developed. These are to be achieved between 2021 – 2023 and include:

  1. Reporting hate incidents – Safeguarding confidence and support of victims, witnesses, and partner agencies, so they can feel confident to report hate incidents and receive a consistent level of response and support.
  2. Accessibility of services and communication – Ensuring people from and across protected groups can access services, communication and information provided by Police Scotland and Scottish Police Authority in ways that best suit their needs.
  3. Meaningful engagement – Maintaining meaningful engagement with people from and across protected groups, using their insight, expertise and lived experience to prioritise prevention and improve joint services.
  4. Violence against women and girls – Ensuring women and girls at risk of becoming victims of violence, and those facing violence, are safer and confident that the police are responsive to their needs.
  5. Workforce insights - Using timely insights from workforce diversity monitoring to support evidence-based planning and decision making.
  6. Leadership – Making sure staff have the right skills and confidence to lead in relation to equality, diversity, inclusion and human rights.
  7. Officer/staff retention – Establish proportionate resignation rates of under-represented to the current workforce profile.
  8. Recruitment and progression – Securing inclusive processes that prevent unnecessary barriers affecting under-represented groups.

Read about the Equality Outcomes and how Police Scotland and Scottish Police Authority plan to meet these Outcomes here.

Read Police Scotland's Mainstreaming and Progress Report, that provides updates on the progress which has been made in relation to the previous set of Outcomes here.