Let’s Secure for a Lifetime of Equality for Care Experienced People
On Zero Discrimination Day (01.03.18), Who Cares? Scotland launched our #LifetimeOfEquality campaign.
#LifetimeOfEquality asks everyone, across the U.K., to do everything in their power to protect Care Experienced people from discrimination.
Who Cares? Scotland has created four asks that we believe will help to end discrimination for Care Experienced people.
- We’re asking the U.K. Parliament to amend the Equality Act 2010 and make Care Experience a protected characteristic.
- We’re asking Members of the Scottish Parliament to support our 1st ask – and to do everything in their power to protect care experienced people from discrimination.
- We’re asking public and private organisations to amend their internal policies now and commit to treating Care Experience as an equalities group.
- We’re asking the public to stand beside Care Experienced people and email their local MP or MSP to ask them to back a #LifetimeOfEquality for Care Experienced people.
What is Zero Discrimination Day?
Across the world, Zero Discrimination Day sees organisations actively promote everyone’s right to live a life with dignity and regardless of the differences they have to other citizens.
How are equalities groups protected in U.K. law by protected characteristic status?
The Equality Act 2010 offers protected characteristic status to an element of identity.
In the U.K., these identities are protected characteristics:
- Gender Reassignment
- Marriage or Civil Partnership
- Pregnancy and Maternity
- Religion or Belief
- Sex / Sexual orientation
We believe that Care Experience deserves the same status.
Why Should Care Experience Become a Protected Characteristic?
After years of working with Care Experienced people, Who Cares? Scotland believes Care Experience should be a protected characteristic, because Care Experienced people face discrimination.
Being granted Protected Characteristic status would mean Care Experienced people would be entitled to the benefits of anti-discrimination legislation for their entire lives. Currently, Care Experienced people are only protected by Corporate Parenting laws until they are 26.
Who Cares? Scotland’s vision for the next 5 years is a lifetime of equality, respect and love for Care Experienced people.
By making Care Experience a protected characteristic, we can raise consciousness about the discrimination faced by Care Experienced people. Together, we can ensure that any discrimination of Care Experience is treated with the same seriousness as discrimination against anyone with any other protected characteristic.
What Do Our Members Say?
Josh is a young member of Who Cares? Scotland, he identifies as LGBT, and he’s Care Experienced. Read Josh’s blog about why he believes Care Experience should be a protected characteristic, here.
Carly is a Care Experienced ambassador, activist and feminist. Read why she feels that she deserves a #LifetimeOfEquality here.
I’m a Corporate Parent
If you are a Corporate Parent, there is already a lot you can do to support the Care Experienced people you work with. By upholding your Corporate Parenting duties, you’re already making the lives of Care Experienced people better.
To find out more about Corporate Parenting and protecting care experienced children and young people from discrimination, here.
Stand with Care Experienced People
We’re asking the public to stand beside Care Experienced people and email their local MP or MSP and ask them to back a #LifetimeOfEquality for Care Experienced people.
Click here for a template to send to your local representative.