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Children and Young People Bill, 18/04/13 [S]

The Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill has been published.

The Bill proposes a range of measures which include:

  • Three and four year old children will, for the first time in Scotland, be entitled to 600 hours of funded early learning and childcare
  • Looked after two year olds and those with a kinship care order will receive the same entitlement as three and four year olds
  • A named person for every child and young person from birth to safeguard and support their wellbeing, working with other bodies as required
  • Providing kinship carers with more support from local authorities to increase family stability.
The Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill will also increase the powers of Scotlandís Commissioner for Children and Young People.

Provisions relating to a Ďnamed personí will:
  • Place a duty on NHS Boards to allocate every child with a named person from birth to school age
  • Place a duty on local authorities to allocate every child with a named person until they are 18 or leave school, whichever is later.
  • Oblige all relevant authorities to share information with the named person if it is necessary to safeguard, support and promote the wellbeing of the child.
Minister for Children and Young People Aileen Campbell also announced an extra £10 million on top of the £20 million third sector fund to be shared between 45 organisations working closely with children, young people and families, as part of wider investment in prevention and early intervention. This lifts the total budget for the fund to £30 million over two years, an increase on the funding available over the previous two years.

For full details see the Scottish Government website.

Further Information

New Bill will aid children and young people
Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill