Scottish Children's Reporter Administration - collection and use of equality data: case study

A case study on how Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration has implemented good practice in the collection and use of equality data.


1 Note: 'equality data' refers to 'equality and socio-economic disadvantage data' and covers the protected characteristics defined by the Equality Act 2010 (age, religion and belief, race, disability, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, marriage and civil partnership, and gender reassignment) and (any) indicators of socio-economic disadvantage.

2 SCRA's new case management system is based on a commercially available business system customised to meet a specification that set out SCRA's case management requirements and data needs.

3 Other equality related information on sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership and maternity may be recorded in partner agency reports contained in SCRA case files (if relevant to a child's life and the reason for their involvement in Childrens Hearings). Information is also collected on experience of the care system which SCRA recognises as a ‘tenth protected characteristic’. Postcode information which would enable linking with Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation profiles is also held as part of addresses; additional narrative information in case files may provide further insight into socio-economic disadvantage.

4 SCRA's Equality Network has now been re-purposed as the Inclusion and Diversity Steering Group in line with new governance structures adopted in SCRA.



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