Equality duty

The Commissioner is a relevant public body under the public sector equality duty and is listed in the Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties) (Scotland) Regulations 2012. The Commissioner has a duty to:

  • eliminate discrimination
  • promote equal opportunities, and
  • foster good relations between different groups.

Find out more about the Commissioner's equality duty.

Read our latest Equality Report.

Equality Outcomes 2017-21

In setting our equality outcomes for 2017 to 2021, we decided to focus on specific areas where we felt we needed to improve.

Targeted outcomes

We have developed three targeted outcomes that focus on improving the way we work with specific groups. These will be reviewed after two years, after which we may add additional outcomes.

Equality Outcome 1: We support children from birth to 5 years to understand their rights

Building on our baby blether, we will look at how we can develop resources to support an understanding of rights as part of very young children’s rights. This will include work with parents, early years staff and other professionals.

Equality Outcome 2: Our work challenges gender stereotyping

We will continue our partnership working and our involvement in Scottish Government’s Equally Safe strategy in order to challenge gender stereotyping in schools and communities and to improve outcomes for girls and young women, for LGBT and intersex young people and all children and young people.

Equality Outcome 3: We will work to empower children and young people with mental health problems

Building on our research on young carers and mental health, we will continue our work to improve an understanding of children and young people with mental health problems as rights holders. This includes supporting CAMHS services in using the Golden Rules, policy influencing and continuing to work with partners to challenge stigma.

Broader outcomes

In addition to these targeted outcomes, we have identified 3 organisational outcomes which apply to all our work and across all protected characteristics. These are listed below.

Equality Outcome 4: All our communications are accessible and inclusive

We will review our previous research on accessible information and how our current communications meet this standard. We will look at how we can ensure that we include accessibility in the planning stages of our work, and we will continue to explore how we can make our work accessible to and representative of all children and young people in Scotland.

Equality Outcome 5: Our recruitment, selection and human resource policies and procedures are fair and non-discriminatory

We will conduct a review of all our policies, procedures and materials to ensure that they meet our legal obligations. For example, we will investigate how to make our application process more accessible.

Equality Outcome 6: Our procurement procedures exceed our duties under the Equality Act

We will consider equalities as part of our review of procurement procedures, to see how we can not only meet our legal duties but be an example of excellent practice. In doing so, we will take a proportionate response when dealing with the many small providers we use.