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Victims and Witnesses (Scotland) Bill - Equality Impact Assessment (EQIA) Results, 13/02/13 [S]

The Scottish Government has published an Equality Impact Assessment which considers the effect of the Victims and Witnesses (Scotland) Bill in relation to the proposed victims and witnesses reforms (Part 1) and the establishment of a National Confidential Forum (Part 2), on people with protected characteristics.

Part 1 - The proposals to improve the support available to victims and witnesses in the Victims and Witnesses (Scotland) Bill (the Bill) will primarily affect those who are victims of or witnesses to crime and the public bodies involved in the criminal justice system.

Part 2 - The proposal in the Bill to establish a National Confidential Forum (NCF) will principally affect people placed in institutional care as children in Scotland in the past.

Equality issues were considered during the policy development process of the victims and witnesses reforms and the proposal to establish the NCF.

The EQIA, which took into consideration a range of existing research, confirmed that proposals in the Bill, which are intended to apply equally to all those affected, appear to have no significant differential effect on the basis of the protected characteristics. Where some minor effect may be present, this is considered proportionate.

For full details see Victims and Witnesses (Scotland) Bill - Equality Impact Assessment (EQIA) Results which is available from the Scottish Government website.

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Victims and Witnesses (Scotland) Bill - Equality Impact Assessment (EQIA) Results