Equality at the Heart of HES: Our Equality Outcomes Consultation

Closed 30 Nov 2020

Opened 7 Oct 2020


Your views will help shape our Equality Outcomes for 2021-25. These will replace our 2017-21 Equality Outcomes. 

Completing this consultation survey will take you at least 25 minutes. Thank you for taking this time to share your views with us.

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We have developed our activity with equality and diversity in mind. This has influenced  Heritage for All, our current Corporate Plan, with its focus on ‘making a real difference to people’s lives’. Our progress so far is outlined in our Mid-Term Equality Outcomes Report 2019.

We are setting our new Equality Outcomes during a global pandemic. The effect of Covid-19 has highlighted the social and personal inequalities across wider society as well as for  groups with protected characteristics.

This year, the events surrounding Black Lives Matter have achieved  a breakthrough response, with many public and private sector organisations committing to addressing racism and re-evaluating their employment practice. You can read our initial response on our website.

Why we are consulting

The Equality Act 2010 requires all public bodies, including Historic Environment Scotland (HES) to publish Equality Outcomes at least every four years. These demonstrate where we want to be in relation to equality and diversity as both a provider of direct services to the public and an employer.  

We want to hear from people with a variety of life and personal experiences. By sharing your views, you can help us set out our organisational equality plan and commit to actions which make a real difference to people’s lives.   

Along with this survey, we are also consulting directly with organisations and charities that support people who are protected within the terms of the equality legislation. We value the engagement of our employee equality networks towards our consultation and subsequent delivery.  

What happens next

One of our staff members engaging a wee boy in a learning activity at the Engine Shed.

This consultation is now closed. We will be considering every individual response received. A summary of the consultation responses will be published. 

Along with this survey, we are also engaging directly with organisations and charities that support people who are protected within the terms of the equality legislation. Historic Environment Scotland values the engagement of our employee equality networks towards our consultation and subsequent delivery.

Please look out for further updates and our revised Equality Outcomes in 2021.