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Renewing Scotland's Public Services - Priorities for reform in response to the Christie Commission, 21/09/11 [S]

The Scottish Government has published its response to the Christie Commission.

In response to the Christie Commission's recommendations, it states it will reform public services through:

  • a decisive shift towards prevention;
  • greater integration at a local level driven by better partnership;
  •  workforce development;
  • and a sharper, more transparent focus on performance.
Among the stated priorities in prevention are an Early Years and Early Intervention Change Fund; a Rights of Children and Young People Bill, expanded nursery education, a new legal limit of 25 on class sizes in primary one, and new legislation that supports councils, the health service and Government to deliver early years services and to see early years education as an essential part of the learning journey and ensure the Getting it Right for Every Child ( GIRFEC) approach is developed nationwide.

In integrated local services priorties include supporting continuous improvement of Community Planning Partnerships and Single Outcome Agreements; and in workforce and leadership a stated priority is taking forward the recently published report Teaching Scotland's Future. In improving performance one of the priorities is establishing Children's Hearings Scotland which will see a move from 32 separate Children's Panels to a new national body.

For full details see Renewing Scotland's Public Services - Priorities for reform in response to the Christie Commission which is available from the Scottish Government website.

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Renewing Scotland's Public Services - Priorities for reform in response to the Christie Commission