The General Equality Duty set out in the Equality Act 2010 states that public sector bodies like National Galleries of Scotland (NGS) must have due regard to the need to:
- Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation and other conduct that is prohibited by the Equality Act 2010
- Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a relevant protected characteristic and those who do not
- Foster good relations between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not
The characteristics protected in the legislation are: age, disability, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation. The duty also covers marriage and civil partnerships, with regard to eliminating unlawful discrimination in employment.
NGS is committed to ensuring the needs of the General Equality Duty are taken into account in the delivery of our functions as a service provider and employer.
As required in the Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties)(Scotland) Regulations 2012, we have prepared a set of equality outcomes which we plan to work towards over the period 2017-21. These are:
- Young people and families with young children feel welcome at all gallery sites
- More visitors with disabilities have the confidence to undertake self-guided visits due to improved information and support before, and during, their visit
- The acquisition of artworks and the public programme of exhibitions and displays increasingly represent artists who share protected characteristics
- Visitors have greater knowledge and understanding of the collection as a result of an improved approach to accessible interpretation, labelling, signage and alternative formats provided as standard throughout our exhibitions and displays
- NGS attracts, recruits and develops a diverse workforce and volunteer-base, supporting everyone to reach their full potential
We are also required to prepare a set of reports to comply with the legislation mentioned above. These are available below and can be provided in alternative formats, such as large print or hard copy, by emailing [email protected] or calling 0131 624 6473.