Stage 1: Framing
Results of framing exercise
Due to the unusual circumstances of the current Coronavirus outbreak it has not been possible to conduct the usual round of consultation that would normally take place. However, the framing exercise carried out consulted a wide range of policy officials and analytical colleagues who have been able to advise and provide evidence on these measures. In line with good practice they continue to be on hand to inform thinking on how this policy will affect different groups of people and communities and to ensure that we fulfil the need to assess the effect this policy has upon different groups of people.
Whilst, due to these current circumstances, our ability to consult has been limited, we have nevertheless engaged in extensive discussions with local authorities during late March and April to establish the scale of the resource issues they face and understand how the current outbreak will affect their ability to meet their statutory responsibilities, in relation to placing requests and exclusion appeals. We also engaged with a parent representative group to understand the likely impacts on parents.
Extent/Level of EQIA required
The Scottish Government's assessment of the impact of this policy on all areas of protected characteristics is that it will have no effect. However, the EQIA process has highlighted the need for the Scottish Government to continue to engage closely with stakeholders to ensure that equalities issues continue to be at the forefront of policy development processes and that any new issues can be dealt with as they arise.