New Framework for Race Equality in Scotland
A New Race Equality Framework for Scotland
The Scottish Government has renewed its approach to race equality, working in partnership with a range of organisations and a new race equality framework for Scotland has been developed to tackle racism and promote equality. The framework will be in place from 2016 to 2030. The Scottish Government led this work with input from key stakeholders and with independent support from the Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights (CRER).
Key components in developing the Framework included:
A Community Ambassadors Programme to ensure widespread consultation with BME communities across Scotland;
Thematic Workshops with key stakeholders on the four key areas of the Framework (education, employment and income; community cohesion and safety; participation and representation; and health, well-being, family and home);
Further consultation with all relevant partners;
Launch of the agreed Framework in 2016.
The Scottish Government had already carried out substantial work to begin the process and undertook the following activities during 2015/16:
- Engaging with strategic partners and those responsible for implementing the framework
- Chairing and participating in the project’s Reference Planning Groups
- Providing evidence and analysis on racial inequality
- Overseeing the development of the content of the framework
- Setting the framework’s actions and securing commitments on tackling racial inequality and promoting equality in Scotland
CRER supported the Scottish Government Equality Unit in a range of ways:
- Arranging a programme of involvement with community organisations and other stakeholders across Scotland
- Providing support for the project’s Reference Planning Groups
- Assisting Scottish Government analytical staff with evidence gathering and analysis
- Supporting the Scottish Government in the development of the content of the framework
Evidence gathering and engagement
The framework has been based on evidence gathered through a range of activities:
Community Ambassadors Programme
This programme has involved over 60 community organisations in the framework’s development process. CRER commissioned regional co-ordinators to help reach community organisations in areas across Scotland. Representatives of these community organisations were then invited to become Community Ambassadors. The Community Ambassadors attended a (SCDC facilitated) one day event where they contributed their own views, and also explored how to gather views from community members through a specially designed consultation. They were then tasked to carry out a consultation with community members (for example their organisation’s members or service users), and feedback the results to CRER to be built into the framework. This solution focussed consultation has enabled hundreds of community members to contribute practical ideas for tackling racial inequality and promoting equality in Scotland.Click here for more information on the Community Ambassadors programme
The report outlining a summary of the results of the Community Ambassador Programme is now available for download here
Reference Planning Groups
The Scottish Government convened Reference Planning Groups to assist in the planning and delivery of four thematic workshops. The members of these groups included representatives of strategic race equality bodies and others who were invited based on their knowledge and expertise of race equality theory, policy and practice.
CRER arranged a series of workshops with a range of stakeholders to identify priorities and solutions in four thematic areas: Education, employment and income; community cohesion and safety; participation and representation; and health, well-being, family and home.
Evidence papers were produced on each of these areas prior to the workshops, and these can be accessed on the following links:
Updated Evidence on Community Cohesion and Safety
Updated Evidence on Participation and Representation
Updated Evidence on Education, Employment and Income
Updated Evidence on Health, Wellbeing, Family and Home
These will now be further developed and a set of Finalised Evidence Papers will be published in late Spring 2016.
An online SurveyMonkey exercise was also used to reach people who had not been able to participate in the formal workshops.
Download the summary of the discussion at the Strategic Action Forum on Community Cohesion and safety here
Download the summary of the discussion at the Strategic Action Forum on Participation and Representation here
Download the summary of the discussion at the Strategic Action Forum on Education, Employment and Income here
Download the summary of the discussion at the Strategic Action Forum on health, Well-being, Family and Home here
Desk based research
The Scottish Government had already gathered a range of quantitative and qualitative research evidence; this was added to with new sources of information and the key findings were used in identifying the inequalities that the framework needs to tackle.
Developing the framework
The content of the framework was then developed with input from key stakeholders and drafted collaboratively, with Scottish Government and CRER both contributing and editing on an ongoing basis. The aim of this is was to ensure that all evidence was taken into account and to provide a practical, user-friendly and effective final framework. Feedback was provided to those who contribute their views through the Community Ambassadors Programme and Thematic Workshops to demonstrate how their input had shaped the framework. The final stages of development were undertaken by the Scottish Government as they secured the commitments needed for action. Further consultation with stakeholders will be undertaken as we move to the implementation phase of the framework.
The Race Equality Framework for Scotland was launched on 21st March 2016 to mark the UN Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. A copy of the Framework can be downloaded from here.
A summary of the visions and goals can be downloaded from here.