Children (Scotland) Bill: equality impact assessment

Details of the equality impact assessment (EQIA) carried out in relation to the Children (Scotland) Bill.

Stage 4: Decision making and monitoring

Identifying and establishing any required mitigating action

Have positive or negative impacts been identified for any of the equality groups?

Yes positive impacts in relation to age, sex and race.

No negative impacts have been identified.

Is the policy directly or indirectly discriminatory under the Equality Act 2010[17]? No.
If the policy is indirectly discriminatory, how is it justified under the relevant legislation? N/A
If not justified, what mitigating action will be undertaken? N/A

Describing how Equality Impact analysis has shaped the policy making process

The partial EQIA which was included in the consultation on the Review of the Children (Scotland) Act 1995 helped to inform the final policies which have been taken forward in the Children (Scotland) Bill.

The EQIA has helped identify areas where further data would be useful from SCTS. This has been included in work being undertaken by Justice Analytical Services to improve the SCTS data on family court cases.

The costs of the Bill are estimated in the Financial Memorandum which accompanies the Bill. These have not required to be changed as a result of the EQIA.

The EQIA has helped to ensure that the Bill meets two of its main aims of:

  • Ensuring the views of children are heard in decisions and court cases which affect them; and
  • Protecting victims of domestic abuse (who are more likely to be women).

Monitoring and Review

The Scottish Government will continue to meet with SLAB, SCTS, SCRA and key external stakeholders, both during and after the implementation of the legislation, to monitor its progress and, if necessary, to identify any areas requiring additional work.



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