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					APPENDIX D

DISABILITY EQUALITY SCHEME – ACTION PLAN December 2006 – December 2009

Aim 1: To Eliminate Unlawful Discrimination. Outcome Objective 1 Prioritised plan for Impact Assessment of functions. Action 1. Identify plan to address functional assessment of areas identified as priority by internal Disability Advisory Group. 2. Review results of multi-agency involvement and incorporate in overall plan. 3. Utilise Diversity Excellence Model to pilot first functional assessment. 4. Assess effectiveness of process. Objective 2 All new and revised policies include outcome of Disability Equality Impact Assessment. 1. Agree Equality Impact Assessment template through Force decision-making process. 2. Integrate revised process decision-making structure. into Force Timescale April 07 Accountable Strategic Diversity Advisor

April 07

November 07 January 08 April 07 April 07 Head of Corporate Development

3. Identify lead managers/quality auditors for training against revised template. 4. Deliver workshop to identified personnel.

July 07 November 07 Head of Learning

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Objective 3 Personnel required to undertake Impact Assessments have the appropriate support, contacts and sources of information.

1. In association with partner agencies, develop a central register of information on disability. 2. Service Unit Managers to set up contact links with local disability groups and individuals. 3. Develop a process to record details of local engagement. 4. Review and develop list of disability groups and associations to include Island Authorities. 5. Ensure Bi-Annual Public Consultation Exercise gauges satisfaction of people with disabilities with services provided. 6. On receipt of DRC impairment criteria, ensure staff survey analysis includes desegregated data. 7. On receipt of DRC impairment criteria, ensure employment monitoring includes desegregated data. 8. Ensure performance data is collated with regards to complaints.

December 07

Strategic Diversity Advisor through HWBA

December 07

Service Unit Managers

December 07

Head of Corporate Development Island Area Commanders

December 07

December 08

Head of Corporate Development

December 08

Head of Corporate Development

December 07

Director of Human Resources

December 07

Head of Professional Standards

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Objective 4 Publish Outcomes of Disability Equality Impact Assessment.

1. Annual Report to the Disability Progress Group. 2. Publish summaries on Force website.

July 07

Strategic Diversity Advisor

August 07

Objective 5 Work Together, where appropriate, to jointly assess the impact of services, policies and functions and recommend relevant proportionate action where negative impact identified.

1. Develop a process for Joint Equality Impact Assessment.

October 09

Strategic Diversity Advisor in association with HWBA

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Aim 2: To Eliminate Unlawful Harassment. Outcome Objective 1 Record and monitor incidents of harassment and discrimination of disabled people. Action 1. Ensure current Force policies employment related incidents. report Timescale November 07 Accountable Director of Human Resources Head of Operational Support Head of Operational Support in association with HWBA

2. Ensure processes in place to capture disablist related incidents and crime. 3. Further widen the scope of the Racist Incident Multi-agency Strategy with our partners to include all hate incidents/crime.

November 07

October 09

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Aim 3: To Improve Accessibility of the Service. Outcome Objective 1 Barriers to access are identified and rectified. Action 1. Review progress of DDA compliance plan of built environment through quarterly diversity progress group. 2. Develop access compliance audit through relevant access panels. 3. Develop methods for circulation of Information on our services to our customers with disabilities. 4. Ensure that the review of the Force website includes accessibility requirements for disabled people. 5. In partnership with other public agencies continue to develop our interpreting and translation service ensuring that the needs of disabled people are met. Objective 2 Equality is mainstreamed through procurement process 2. 1. Review Force Reference Document on procurement to ensure equality reflected in overall policy and in specification and contract requirements. Review Qualification Questionnaire in association with Scottish Procurement June 2007 Timescale February 07 Accountable Director of Finance and Asset Management

November 07

Director of Finance and Asset Management To be confirmed

November 07

In line with Force Project

Project Manager Head of Planning and Development in association with HWBA

Procurement Manager

May 2007

Procurement Manager 5

Directorate, Scottish Executive. 3. Once appointed, ensure diversity input in training for individuals with devolved procurement responsibilites December 2007 Procurement Manager

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Aim 4: To promote Equality of Opportunity. Outcome Objective 1 Staff and Managers are aware of their responsibilities in line with the provisions of the Disability Discrimination Act. Action 1. Address any complaints received behaviour by members of staff. of discriminatory Timescale Ongoing Accountable Head of Professional Standards Head of Learning

2. Review diversity learning programme in association with disabled people to ensure the needs of disabled people are included. 3. In association with Occupational Health Advisor ensure that regular briefing to staff and management of services of Occupational Health and Jobcentre Plus. 4. Develop guidance for line managers about making reasonable adjustments. 5. Further develop role of Internal Disability Advisory Group. 6. Incorporate the provisions of the Disability Equality Duty in the Force Diversity Guide. 7. Involve disabled people in input into operational considerations as they apply to the Force Diversity Guide. 8. Utilise the services of the local diversity officer to make arrangements for visits/awareness raising sessions with local disability groups. 9. Review provision of awareness workshops. local multi-agency disability

March 08

Ongoing

Deputy Director of Human Resources

June 07 Ongoing January 07 December 07

Deputy Director of Human Resources Strategic Diversity Advisor Strategic Diversity Advisor Strategic Diversity Advisor Force Area Commanders

March 08

Strategic Diversity Advisor

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Aim 5: Annual Reporting. Outcome Objective 1 Open and transparent publication of outcomes. Action 1. Publish Action Plan Results in Performance Report. Public Timescale January 08 Accountable Head of Support Services

2. Research and consider other ways of publishing results/outcomes from Action Plan through the Media and Force website.

December 07

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