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Consultation on Rights of Children and Young People Bill - Scottish Government Response, 11/05/12 [S]

The Scottish Government has published its response to the Consultation on a proposed Rights of Children and Young People Bill.

Some of the key messages raised by respondents include:

  • A view that there should be clear linkage of any legislative proposals to the practical implementation of the rights of children and young people;
  • The importance of considering whether duties ought to be placed on other public bodies in addition to Scottish Ministers;
  • A need to ensure that any redress system would be suitably accessible for children and young people;
  • The importance of considering other duties, particularly around awareness raising;
  • A feeling that more frequent reporting on the rights of children and young people would be useful.
The Scottish Government feels that it would be sensible to secure and reinforce delivery of the rights of children and young people as part of a single integrated Children and Young People Bill that will also include measures to improve children's services, rather than in separate legislation. The Children and Young People Bill will be introduced to Parliament next year, paving the way for fundamental reforms to the ways in which children and their families are supported through, for example, embedding key elements of the Government's Getting it Right for Every Child (GIRFEC) approach in law.

For full details see Consultation on Rights of Children and Young People Bill - Scottish Government Response which is available from the Scottish Government website.

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Consultation on Rights of Children and Young People Bill - Scottish Government Response