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Adoption and Children (Scotland) Act 2007, [S]
The Adoption and Children (Scotland) Bill was published on 28 March 2006 to modernise the adoption system and ensure more children and young people enjoy a stable home life. The Bill will introduce new permanence orders and allow for both partners in an unmarried couple to adopt jointly.

Planning Etc. (Scotland) Act 2006, [S]
The Planning (Scotland) Act amends existing planning legislation to implement the proposals in the White Paper Modernising the Planning System. It creates measures to strengthen community involvement in the planning process, ensuring that communities are consulted at the earliest stage and before any developments take place. The Act also aims to speed up the planning process and to ensure that local authorities consider sustainability when putting together development plans.

Joint Inspection of Children's Services and Inspection of Social Work Services (Scotland) Act, [S]
The Act will introduce new provisions for the carrying out of joint inspections on services to children. Provisions are also made on access to information for those involved in inspecting children's services.

Work and Families Act 2006, [E/S/W]
The Work and Families Act aims to create a modern framework of employment rights and responsibilities for employers and employees. The Bill was introduced to the House of Commons on 19 October 2005.

Scottish Commission for Human Rights Act 2006 [S]
This Act creates the office of Scottish Commission for Human Rights (SCHR). The function of the office will be to promote awareness and understanding of, and respect for, human rights. The SCHR will deal with issued devolved to Scotland only. The bill was introduced to the Scottish Parliament on 7 October 2005.

Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act implementation
On 14 November the Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act will come into force and change the way in which children and young people’s educational support is identified, planned and recorded.

Protection of Children and Prevention of Sexual Offences (Scotland) Act 2005 [S]
This Scottish Executive Act introduces a range of measures to further strengthen the protection of children from sexual harm and abuse. The Bill creates a number of new offences including strengthening the law to deal with offenders who seek to 'groom' children for the purposes of committing sexual offences. It also creates risk of sexual harm orders to protect children from adults who display inappropriate behaviour towards them.

Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation (Scotland) Act 2005 [S]
This Scottish Executive Act will make it an offence to send a girl abroad for the purpose of female genital mutilation. The bill would also repeal and re-enact the provision of the Female Circumcision Act 1985 for Scotland giving those provisions extra-territorial effect and increasing the maximum penalty.

Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Act [S]
This Act aims to take action to improve the health of Scotland by introducing a comprehensive ban on smoking in public places, continuing the programme of NHS modernisation and improving health and care services, including provision for the introduction of free eye and dental checks. The Act introduces a range of measures to update legislation relating to the listing and disciplinary procedures for family health service practitioners.

Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005 [S]
An Act of the Scottish Parliament that will provide a new definition of a 'charity' based on the principle of public benefit and enhanced powers for Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) and ensure firmer regulation of fundraising activities.