The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) has published its latest report detailing progress made in mainstreaming equality across its service.
The report details progress against six equality outcomes which were published in April 2017. These outcomes were determined based on the roles and responsibilities of Scotland’s prosecution service and informed through consultation with equality groups.
The equality outcomes are designed to demonstrate the importance of equality in service delivery, staff development, recruitment and profile and in the development of COPFS policies and practice, creating an accessible service that is free from discrimination and bias for service users and staff.
The report details the significant progress that COPFS has made against its equality objectives. The report highlights a number of successful schemes and initiatives from COPFS including:
- The important work done to raise awareness of Scotland’s prosecution service with young people including through the school public speaking competition which has grown to over fifty participating schools in 2019.
- Appointment of a number of additional equality ambassadors representing protected characteristic groups who are empowered to engage with relevant communities to promote the role of COPFS in prosecuting hate crime and to help shape our services to meet the needs of Scotland’s diverse communitites.
- Improvements to the accessibility of services including through providing alternative formats of published information and the work done across criminal justice to improve access to justice for disabled people
- Collaborative working with other Scottish justice organisations including on the recent introduction of new domestic abuse legislation.