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 3: Strategic, Policy and Legislative Links

This appendix sets out some of the main strategic, policy and legislative areas which have significant links to the Race Equality Framework.

This work will contribute to Scotland's National Outcomes, with particular relevance to the following:

  • We have tackled the significant inequalities in Scottish society
  • We take pride in a strong, fair and inclusive national identity
  • Our public services are high quality, continually improving, efficient and responsive to local people's needs
  • We live our lives safe from crime, disorder and danger
  • We have strong, resilient and supportive communities where people take responsibility for their own actions and how they affect others
  • Our young people are successful learners, confident individuals, effective contributors and responsible citizens
  • We realise our full economic potential with more and better employment opportunities for our people
  • We live longer, healthier lives

It will also link closely with several key strategies, legislation and other areas of work; these will expand over the 15-year lifetime of the Framework:

  • Community Justice Strategy 2016
  • Curriculum for Excellence
  • Developing Scotland's Young Workforce
  • Equally Safe - Scotland's strategy on violence against women and girls
  • Fairer Scotland
  • Fair Work Convention
  • Getting it Right for Every Child
  • Healthcare Quality Strategy and 2020 Vision for Health and Social Care
  • Homes Fit for the 21st Century
  • Improvement Framework for Scotland's Public Services
  • Independent Advisory Group on Hate Crime, Prejudice and Community Cohesion
  • Integration of health and social care
  • National Standards for Community Engagement
  • New Scots: Integrating Refugees in Scotland's Communities
  • Opportunities for All
  • Programme of Work aimed at reducing discrimination and improving attitudes towards Gypsy/Travellers
  • Scotland's Economic Strategy
  • Scottish National Equality Improvement Project for the Public Sector
  • Teaching Scotland's Future

The Framework also has linkages to many other projects and reports relating to race equality and the specific policy areas covered within the Framework. In addition to the wide range of evidence sources detailed in the evidence summaries available from the CRER website (link), key examples of this work include:

  • Joseph Rowntree Foundation's Poverty and Ethnicity in Scotland research programme
  • Scottish Parliament Equal Opportunities Committee Inquiry into race, ethnicity and employment
  • The Independent Advisor on Poverty and Inequality's report for the First Minister, Shifting the Curve
  • The work of the Scottish Migrant and Ethnic Health Research Strategy Group
  • The work of the COSLA Strategic Migration Partnership

Finally, a range of legislative areas have specific relevance for the Race Equality Framework. These include:

Scottish Parliament legislation:

Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Act 2003

Further and Higher Education (Scotland) Act 2005

The Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Act 2006

Housing (Scotland) Act 2006

Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2006

Housing (Scotland) Act 2010

Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties) (Scotland) Regulations 2012

Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act 2012

Housing (Scotland) Act 2014

Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015

UK legislation:

  • Public Order Act 1986
  • The Criminal Law (Consolidation) (Scotland) Act 1995
  • Human Rights Act 1998
  • Scotland Act 1998
  • The Crime and Disorder Act 1998
  • Racial and Religious Hatred Act 2006
  • Equality Act 2010

International legislation and treaties:

  • International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination
  • European Union Racial Equality Directive 2000/43/ EC
  • European Convention on Human Rights
  • Universal Declaration of Human Rights
  • International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
  • International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
  • Convention Against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment
  • Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women
  • Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
  • Convention on the Rights of the Child


Email: race-equality-team@gov.scot

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