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.

Equalities Outcomes

The Commissioner’s Equalities Outcomes are as follows:

Equality Outcome 1

The Commissioner, through work on increasing awareness, understanding and implementation of the UNCRC, will take account of children and young people with protected characteristics.

Equality Outcome 2

The Commissioner is accessible to all children and young people in Scotland and is engaged with children’s rights concerns, including those raised by children and young people from each of the protected groups. A key part of the Commissioner’s work is listening to the voices of children.

Equality Outcome 3

The Commissioner provides a service which all children and young people can directly access for relevant and expert information, support and signposting relating to children’s rights issues.

Equality Outcome 4

The Commissioner’s research and enquiry output better informs the work of the office in regard to particular barriers to the realisation of the UNCRC rights for children and young people with protected characteristics.

Equality Outcome 5

The Commissioner’s office is an excellent employer of staff, including those with protected characteristics, and maintains a culture of equality and respect for diversity through continuous improvement, positive leadership and staff development.