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Children's Hearings (Scotland) Bill receives Royal Assent, 07/01/11 [S]
Legislation to strengthen and modernise Scotland's unique children's hearings system, and improve the way it supports vulnerable children, has been given Royal Assent.

Sexual offence reforms take effect, 01/12/10 [S]
The Sexual Offences (Scotland) Act 2009 has come into force.

Additional support for learning, 11/11/10 [S]
The rights of children with additional education support needs will be strengthened on Sunday (November 14) when the Additional Support for Learning (Scotland) Act 2009 comes into force.

Commission statement on the implementation of the Equality Act 2010, 01/10/10 [E/S/W]
The Equality and Human Rights Commission has welcomed the implementation of the majority of the Equality Act 2010's provisions.

Law on school closures comes into force, 05/04/10 [S]
The Scottish Government has published a leaflet designed to give advice and information to parents when major changes to their child's school are proposed.

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.

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.

Family Law (Scotland) Act 2006 [S]
The Family Law (Scotland) Act was introduced to the Scottish Parliament on 7 February 2005. It includes measures to establish parental rights and responsibilities for unmarried fathers and reducing separation periods for divorce. Alongside the publication of the Act the Scottish Executive has announced a number of non-legislative initiatives to support families, including a charter for grandparents and a Parenting agreement for Scotland.