Our unique conference exploring how to improve transgender equality across the Scottish justice system took place on 13th March 2014 in Edinburgh. It was open to public, private and voluntary sector employees as well as to trans people and their families, friends and allies. 87 participants attended.
The Conference Keynote Speech was given by the Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland QC who outlined the journey towards greater equality that the Scottish justice system has made and is still making.
Five different interactive consultation workshops took place during the conference. Each workshop was repeated twice and participants were able to choose to attend any three of the five workshops:
Workshop A = Addressing Sex by Fraud Prosecution Concerns
Facilitated by Catriona Dalrymple, Head of Policy, COPFS
This workshop explored trans people’s concerns in relation to the prosecution in 2013 of a young trans man for “sex by fraud” because he had not disclosed his birth gender to his sexual partners. The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) have been working with the Scottish Transgender Alliance to develop a new policy to prevent inappropriate future prosecutions of trans people for “sex by fraud”. The draft policy developed was shown to the workshop participants and their views of the policy, how it could be improved and any remaining concerns were discussed. The final policy can be downloaded from the COPFS website at: http://www.copfs.gov.uk/images/Documents/Prosecution_Policy_Guidance/Guidelines_and_Policy/Transgender%20Policy.pdf
Workshop B = Trans People in Custody – New Policy & Training Film
Facilitated by Vince Fletcher, Equality Manager, Scottish Prison Service
This workshop launched the Scottish Prison Service’s new Gender Identity and Gender Reassignment Custody Policy and associated staff training film which it developed in partnership with the Scottish Transgender Alliance. The policy can be downloaded from the SPS website at http://www.sps.gov.uk/Publications/Publication-5198.aspx.
Workshop C = Challenging Discrimination in Provision of Services
Facilitated by Claudia Bennett, Solicitor, EHRC Scotland
This workshop explored how the provisions of the Equality Act 2010 make gender reassignment discrimination and harassment unlawful in the provision of goods, facilities and services. The PowerPoint presentation used during the workshop can be viewed online: EHRC Scotland PowerPoint
Workshop D = Challenging Employment Discrimination
Facilitated by Susan Walker, Deputy President, Employment Tribunals (Scotland)
This workshop explored what is involved in taking a workplace discrimination case to an Employment Tribunal. The PowerPoint presentation used during the workshop can be viewed online: Employment Tribunals PowerPoint
Workshop E = Reporting Transphobic Hate Crimes
Facilitated by Simon Daley, National Diversity Unit, Police Scotland
This workshop provided participants with the opportunity to discuss how to improve reporting of transphobic hate crime. The PowerPoint presentation used during the workshop can be viewed online: Police Scotland PowerPoint