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What we mean by race equity

Discover what race equity means to Scouts

What is race equity?

Equity is about understanding that different people need different things in order to succeed in life.

In the past, we’ve talked about equality, which focuses on ensuring everyone gets the same opportunities. But this ‘one size fits all’ approach fails to recognise that we’re not all starting from the same point.

For centuries, Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities in the UK have faced discrimination, unfair treatment and barriers to opportunities, based on their race.

So, it makes sense that people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds may need different resources or support in order to succeed.

Only when we have achieved equity can we say that everyone truly has a fair chance in life.  

For Scouts this means that we’re working towards changing the way we think and do things so that we can become a movement that gives everyone what they need to thrive.  

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Our race equity work

We’re delivering on our plan to make sure people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds can be themselves and thrive in Scouts.

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Roadmap to race equity

See what we’ve achieved so far and where we’re going next.

Check out our roadmap to race equity