Equality and diversity

At the Care Inspectorate, we believe that people in Scotland should experience a better quality of life as a result of accessible, excellent services that are designed and delivered to reflect their individual needs and promote their rights.  We are committed to advancing equality of opportunity, eliminating unlawful discrimination and fostering good relations between all protected characteristics.

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.  

We report on our equality obligations under the legislation every two years.  In 2017 we developed four new equality outcomes and details of our mainstreaming equality approach across the Care Inspectorate in line with our culture and equalities vision 2017-2021.  We publish a progress report annually to show details of our progress. The documents also contain Gender Pay Gap and Employee Equality monitoring information.

Publications

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 every two years. 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.
2019 - Equalities Occupational Segregation Data - Disability, Gender, Race
2017 - Equalities Occupational Segregation Data

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.

LGBT Charter Group

Our LGBT Charter Champion Group was founded in 2015 and work with the LGBT Youth Scotland Charter to support us being an inclusive employer. We achieved Foundations level in January 2018 and the group and continuing this work to achieve Bronze level during 2019.

At the Care Inspectorate, we host LGBT awareness training provided by LGBT Youth Scotland and raise awareness through various initiatives. We regularly attend LGBT Pride events throughout Scotland, promoting our Inspection Volunteer scheme and providing additional information on our services. Our leaflets are published in a variety of formats, catering to a variety of audiences over specific protected characteristic groups.

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Corporate Parenting

With a focus on planning and reporting, our Corporate Parenting Group considered the practical implementation of our legal responsibilities as well as the involvement of young people and staff around these areas. We achieved our ‘Investors in Young People’s’ accreditation award in May 2016. For more information, please see our Corporate Parenting Plan 2017- 2020.

Faith Groups

As a result of funding from our new Innovation Fund, a self-organised faith group has been established in our Edinburgh office. This has a focus on faith issues, faith in the workplace and encourages employees to get together as a community in a social setting.

Disability Confident

The Disability Confident scheme supports us to make the most of the talents disabled people can bring to our workplace. We actively encourage applications from disabled people by offering them an interview, if they meet the minimum criteria of the job description provided on vacancies.

Year of the Young People 2018

2018 was designated by the Scottish Government as the Year of Young People. We as an organisation participated in a programme of events to celebrate the contribution of young people at work (such as Young Inspection Volunteers) and more broadly, to the cultural and social landscape in Scotland. We have collaborated with other organisations including CELCIS, The Children and Young People’s Commissioner’s Office, Move On and others, to share our experiences and success, and to bring focus to our work with young people under the age of 26.

Two of our Young Inspection Volunteers were selected for roles through the First Minister’s mentorship initiative. One volunteer in particular will be directly mentored by the first minister, Nicola Sturgeon for 12months. We have also been able to deliver formal employment to a former Young Inspection Volunteer as a Modern Apprentice, via an open recruitment process.

Policies and Procedures

The Organisational Development change team are responsible for drafting, developing, producing and reviewing all people management policies. We have a three year policy review programme up until 2021. Before we write a policy or piece of guidance, we will research current best practices and find out what is working well for other similar employees.

Our policies are written in plain English. We want every employee to understand our policies and their roles and responsibilities. We impact assess all new policies (and policies that have changed significantly) in terms of equalities. This is to ensure that our policies do not disadvantage anyone with a protected characteristic

Support and Information

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

Equality Organisations

Age

Disability

Gender Reassignment

Pregnancy and Maternity

Race

Religion/Belief

Sex/Gender

Sexual Orientation

Gypsy Travelers 

Carers 

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.