Equality and diversity

As the national scrutiny and improvement body for care and social work services in Scotland, the Care Inspectorate is committed to advancing equality of opportunity, eliminating unlawful discrimination and fostering good relations between different groups. Putting people at the heart of everything we do and meeting people with fairness and respect are values which underpin all our work.

Meeting our Equality Requirements

Like other public bodies in Scotland, we are required to meet the requirements of the General and Specific Public Sector Equality Duties, as set out by the Equality Act 2010 and the Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties) (Scotland) Regulations 2012.  

In 2015 we reviewed our approach to the implementation of equality requirements across the Care Inspectorate. Information on the review is included in our ‘Equality Outcomes, Mainstreaming Report and Action Plan Review 2013-15’.

Following the review, we have developed six new equality outcomes and details of our approach to mainstreaming equality across the Care Inspectorate. Information is also provided on our Gender Pay Gap and Employee Equality Monitoring.

As per our duty under The Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties) (Scotland) Regulations 2012, we have published specific occupational segregation data on disability, race and sex for the Care Inspectorate.   We use this to properly identify and then tackle any inequalities in our workforce.  By sharing this information, we contribute to a larger national analysis of opportunities for people with different protected characteristics working in Scotland.

Our annual progress report for 2015/16 has been approved by our Board and can be seen here.

Equality Impact Assessments

The Specific Public Sector Equality Duties also require that public bodies ‘assess the impact of applying a proposed new or revised policy or practice against the needs of the General Equality Duty. This is often referred to as ‘Equality Impact Assessment’.  Details of our completed Equality Impact Assessments can be found here.

Ten top tips for becoming more LGBT inclusive 

The Care Inspectorate is currently working towards the foundation level of the LGBT Youth Scotland Charter Mark, which helps us to demonstrate where we are supporting and inclusive of LGBT people as an employer, and as a public body.

Corporate Parenting

The Care Inspectorate is a corporate parent and we take our responsibilities in this area very seriously. You can read a copy of our corporate parenting plan here.

Support and Information

There are a wide range of organisations across Scotland who can provide advice on particular equality issues:

Equality Organisations



Gender Reassignment

Pregnancy and Maternity




Sexual Orientation

If you would like any further information or advice please contact the Involvement and Equalities Team by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or calling 0345 600 9527.