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Consultation on the Children and Young People Bill, 04/07/12 - 25/09/12 [S]

The Scottish Government has issued a consultation on the proposed  Children and Young People Bill which sets out a range of proposals for taking forward  ambitions for children’s rights and services. Consultation to 25 September 2012.

In summary:

  • The Bill will embed the rights of children and young people across the public sector in line with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).
  • There should be duties on Scottish Government to take steps to further the rights of children and young people and promote and raise awareness of the UNCRC.
  • The wider public sector should be required to report on what they are doing to take forward realisation of the rights set out in the UNCRC.
  • There is a key role for Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People and their powers should be extended to undertake investigations on behalf of individual children and young people.
  •  The Bill will increase the funded annual provision from 475 hours pre-school education for 3 and 4 year olds to a minimum annual provision of 600 hours early learning and childcare for 3 and 4 year olds and looked-after 2 year olds
  • all children and young people from birth up to leaving school have access to a Named Person
  • a single planning process should be in place to support those children and young people needing the involvement of a range of services.
  • the right of young people leaving care to ask for help from a local authority will be raised from the age of 21 to 25
  •  a clear definition of corporate parenting will be put on statute
  • a new ‘order’ will be put on statute to support the parenting role of kinship carers;
  • the use of Scotland’s Adoption Register by local authorities will be made compulsory.
For full details see A Scotland for Children: A Consultation on the Children and Young People Bill which is available from the Scottish Government website.

Further Information

A Scotland for Children: A Consultation on the Children and Young People Bill
Scottish Government news release
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