We want pirc.scot to be accessible and usable for as many people as possible.

How accessible is our website?

  • we use descriptive link text so that all links on this website make sense even when read out of context.
  • for users of assistive technology (for example, screen readers) this can allow you to quickly jump through pages of text to find relevant links.
  • zoom in up to 300% without the text spilling off the screen.
  • listen to most of the website using a screen reader (including the most recent versions of JAWS, NVDA and VoiceOver).

We’ve also made the website text as simple as possible to understand and this is regularly reviewed to ensure the language used.

Our four information leaflets are published in large print and can be found HERE.

AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.

We have published our British Sign Language (BSL) Plan, setting out the actions we will take between 2018-23 in order to meet the goals set out in the British Sign Language (Scotland) Act 2015 and to tie in with the Scottish Government's BSL National Plan 2017-2023.

Find out more about our BSL Plan here.


If you need information on this website in a different format, or if you find any accessibility problems you want to highlight, please contact us at:

  • enquiries@pirc.gov.scot
  • 01698 542900
  • Our office is currently closed to the public. We’ll respond to all queries as quickly as possible and appreciate your understanding and patience during this challenging time. 

Enforcement procedure

The Equality and Human Rights Commission enforces the accessibility regulations (the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018).

If you're not happy with how we respond to your feedback, contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service. They are an independent advice service. They will advise you on what to do next.

Compliance statement

The Police Investigations & Review Commissioner (PIRC) commits to making its websites accessible in line with the accessibility regulations. This accessibility statement applies to pirc.scot.

This statement was prepared on 22 September 2020 and last reviewed on 2 September 2020.

This website is partially not compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 (WCAG) A and AA success criteria.

A review of this website was carried out and an audit is scheduled to take place in the new 2021-22 financial year (from April onwards). Once completed, we will publish a remedial plan of what improvements we will be making to our site and when we will do this work.

Non-accessible content

We know some parts of this website are not compliant with the accessibility regulations:

  • inappropriate alternative text on many images.
  • some buttons on our site don’t have accessible names which help assistive technology understand the function of the button.
  • some headings and sub-headings may not be in hierarchical order
  • some pages present colour contrast issues.
  • PDF documents are not fully accessible to screen reader software.
  • parts of our online forms are difficult to navigate using just a keyboard.
  • missing form field labels.

Not within the scope of regulations

All the documents on our website are in PDF form. The accessibility regulations do not require us to fix PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018 if they’re not essential to providing our services.

Any new documents we publish will meet accessibility standards. We acknowledge that our Annual Report & Accounts (2019-20) is not in an accessible format, but will ensure that our 2020-21 report will meet the necessary standard.