Equality & Diversity
We recognise the communities we serve as being among some of the most diverse in Scotland. We celebrate the diversity of our communities, and want equality and fairness to be central to how we deliver our services to our diverse communities.
We recognise our obligations under the Equality Act 2010 to eliminate unlawful discrimination and harassment, advance equality of opportunity, and to promote good relations between all sections of our communities. Beyond meeting our legal duties however, we recognise that promoting equality and fairness is simply the right thing to do. We want SHA to be recognised as an open and welcoming place for all, and were everyone has the same opportunities.
Protected Characteristics are set out in the Equality Act 2010. Everyone has at least one protected characteristic, it is against the law to discriminate against someone on the grounds of any one of the following nine protected characteristics:
- Gender Reassignment
- Marriage and Civil Partnership
- Pregnancy and Maternity
- Race (including ethnicity and nationality)
- Religion or Belief (including lack of belief)
- Sex, or;
- Sexual orientation
Hate Crime is any crime committed against a person or property that is motivated by ‘malice or ill-will towards an identifiable social group’. Hate crime can have a devastating impact on people or communities who experience it. In Scotland, the law recognises Hate Crime as crimes motivated by prejudice based on:
- Sexual Orientation
- Transgender Identity
It is up to all of us to challenge Hate Crime, discrimination and prejudice whenever we see it.
Third Party Reporting
In some cases, and for many different reasons, a person isn’t comfortable reporting directly to the police that they or someone else has been the victim of a Hate Crime. You can report a hate crime without contacting the police in person, through a Third Party Reporting Centre. We are a third party reporting centre, and any of our staff can take a report of Hate Crime from anyone who wishes to report it. We can then report this to Police Scotland on your behalf.
You can find out more about Third Party Reporting at http://www.hatecrimescotland.org/