Race equality framework for Scotland 2016 to 2030

This framework sets out our approach to promoting race equality and tackling racism and inequality between 2016 and 2030.

Appendix 1: Overview of visions and key goals


Key Goals

Overall Vision

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

The Race Equality Framework aims to ensure that this vision is achieved equally for people from all ethnicities, helping to build a Scotland where we all share a common sense of purpose and belonging.

1. An accountable approach to support and drive forward the implementation of the Race Equality Framework is established

2. Strategic work within Scotland's public sector better addresses race equality, including through more effective practice linked to the Scottish Specific Public Sector Equality Duties.

3. Scotland's public sector has improved capacity to tackle racial inequality and meet the needs of minority ethnic people

4. Policy processes in Scotland are based on a robust range of data on ethnicity.

5. Scotland's minority ethnic voluntary sector is stronger, more effective and sustainable

Community Cohesion & Safety

We build good race relations and community cohesion across all communities, and all minority ethnic individuals feel safe, protected and included, and experience less racism

6. There is greater cohesion between all communities in Scotland.

7. Access to justice and safety for minority ethnic individuals is improved and the effectiveness of the justice process in dealing with racism is reviewed.

8. Scotland's police workforce is better able to tackle racism and promote equality and community cohesion in the delivery of police services.

9. Police Scotland's workforce better reflects the diversity of its communities.

Participation & Representation

Minority ethnic participation and representation is valued, effective, fair and proportionate at all levels of political, community and public life

10. Increase participation and representation of minority ethnic individuals in governance and influence in decision making at local and national level.

11. Minority ethnic people have a fair and proportionate influence on Community Planning.

12. Informal community action within minority ethnic communities is better understood and valued.

13. Promote inclusiveness and participation by making better connections between minority ethnic communities, organisations and institutions involved in culture, sports and media.

Education & Lifelong Learning

Everyone has the opportunity to learn in an inclusive environment without disadvantage in relation to racial inequality or racism

14. Innovative, inclusive and effective approaches to education (whether through teaching or pupil support) which take account of the differing needs and experiences of pupils in all ethnic groups are embedded throughout Scotland's education system.

15. Minority ethnic pupils are provided with careers guidance that helps to improve transition into employment and tackles occupational segregation.

16. Minority ethnic pupils have confidence in, and are effectively supported by, approaches in school to prevent and respond to prejudice‑based bullying and racist behaviour or incidents.

17. Scotland's educators are confident and empowered to promote equality, foster good relations and prevent and deal with racism.

18. Scotland's education workforce better reflects the diversity of its communities.

19. Minority ethnic people experience better outcomes in completing further and higher education, and in transitioning to the labour market after completion.

Employability, Employment & Income

Minority ethnic people have equal, fair and proportionate access to employment and representation at all levels, grades and occupation types in Scotland's workforce and experience fewer labour market, workplace and income inequalities

20. Identify and promote practice that works in reducing employment inequalities, discrimination and barriers for minority ethnic people, including in career paths, recruitment, progression and retention.

21. Ensure robust policy responses that support race equality in relation to income and poverty.

22. Ensure access to appropriate early learning and childcare for minority ethnic families.

23. Reduce barriers and provide support for minority ethnic people who are new to the labour market, including school leavers and new migrants.

24. Minority ethnic entrepreneurs and business owners have equal access to business and enterprise support.

25. Scotland's public sector workforce is representative of its communities.

Health & Home

Minority ethnic communities in Scotland have equality in physical and mental health as far as is achievable, have effective healthcare appropriate to their needs and experience fewer inequalities in housing and home life

26. Minority ethnic communities and individuals experience better health and wellbeing outcomes.

27. Minority ethnic communities and individuals experience improved access to health and social care services at a local and national level to support their needs.

28. Scotland's health and social care workers are better able to tackle racism and promote equality and community cohesion in delivery of health and social care services.

29. Scotland's health and social care workforce better reflects the diversity of its communities.

30. Minority ethnic communities experience fewer housing inequalities.


Email: race-equality-team@gov.scot

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