COPFS has been awarded the Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion (enei) Team of the Year Award 2015 for its “outstanding contribution to delivering change within the field of equality and inclusion, and the positive impact this had on organisational success”.
The enei is the UK's leading employer network covering all aspects of equality and inclusion issues in the workplace. The enei Awards nationally recognise and celebrate the achievements of organisations that have taken a lead in challenging discrimination and who are working inclusively with staff.
The Award Judges recognised the COPFS Equality Act Implementation team was a key driver in mainstreaming equality and inclusion within COPFS.
The Equality Act Implementation team worked on 38 different products over the course of the last four years, all with the objective of embedding equality and inclusion into our policies, processes, and practices which included:
- local run diversity awareness weeks, participation in mini trials events with local schools, speaking at external group events, organising debating competitions with local schools (over 50 schools took part in the 2015 national debating competition)
- a revised equality impact assessment toolkit for staff to ensure that equality and inclusion issues are appropriately considered when creating new policy and processes
- a DVD - Our Role in Your Community to explain the role of the Procurator Fiscal. The DVD is sub-titled and a BSL version has been commissioned too
- two conferences focusing on tackling offensive behaviour have been delivered as well as a Death and Diversity conference
- we produced an anti-sectarian DVD “Them and us” and a Hate Crime DVD “Just a Laugh?” with associated teaching packs which are available for secondary schools to access through our dedicated video website - www.intolerance.scot.
- the team has identified key information documents that are being converted into Easy Read formats to enable people with learning disabilities to access information about their rights and our services to support them
- staff network groups have been established : ‘Proud in COPFS’ (an LGBT staff group) and the COPFS Staff Disability Advisory Group. The networks enable staff with disabilities and LGBT staff to become an established voice within our workforce; to provide a platform to influence change within COPFS and to improve staff knowledge and experience for all within COPFS.