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Race Equality

Race Equality



We value Scotland’s diverse and  minority ethnic communities, the contribution they make, and the important role they play in enriching Scotland socially, culturally, and economically.

Our vision is that in 2030 Scotland is a place where people are healthier, happier and treated with respect, and where opportunities, wealth and power are spread more equally. 

Scotland's Race Equality Framework

We have developed the Race Equality Framework for Scotland 2016-2030 with support from the Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights (CRER). (http://www.crer.org.uk/)

This partnership approach also involved the Scottish Government’s race equality intermediaries; CEMVO Scotland, BEMIS, the Scottish Refugee Council and Interfaith Scotland. Throughout 2014, all of these organisations contributed to our initial scoping work on identifying key issues and initial themes and were engaged in various ways throughout the development of the Framework.

The new Race Equality Framework sets out the Government’s approach to promoting race equality and tackling racism and inequality between 2016 and 2030 and was published on 21 March 2016.

Our aim was to create a Framework:

  • based on the priorities, needs and experiences of Scotland’s minority ethnic communities
  • drawing on the expertise of  people within public services, voluntary sectors, and academia, to ensure that the Framework is practical and deliverable

Developing the Framework

During 2015, with support from the Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights (CRER), we engaged with a wide range of people from grassroots community organisations to practitioners working in the public and third sector and encouraged them to have their say about advancing race equality and tackling racism.

Our engagement has involved around 700 people from a wide variety of voluntary groups, charities, public sector organisations and citizens who took part in our strategic action forums and as part of the Community Ambassadors Programme.

Each of the six themed Visions and related Goals set out in the Framework have been shaped by this involvement process. The first of these Visions sets out the overarching ambition for race equality in Scotland which we aim to achieve by 2030 with the other themes covering a cross section of outcomes related to community cohesion and safety; participation and representation; education and lifelong learning; employability, employment and income; and health and homes.

Next Steps

We will work quickly and decisively towards implementing the actions in the Framework. To achieve this, we will take a long-term, partnership based approach, working with all sections of society from grassroots community organisations to practitioners working in the public and third sector, academia and policy makers.