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Children and Young People Bill Stage 1 Report, 14/11/13 [S]

The Scottish Parliament Education and Culture Committee has published the Stage 1 report on the Children and Young People Bill.

The Report says increased detail from the Scottish Government to support the delivering of better outcomes for children would be welcomed and the Committee has supported the Bill.

Whilst one member dissented over the creation of a named person for every child and young person in Scotland, the whole Committee agreed that more detail will be needed to make the positive measures contained within the Bill work in practice.

Other recommendations in the report include:

  • Although not persuaded of the case for full incorporation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child as sought by many children’s charities, the Committee agreed that the Scottish Government should provide an explanation of the practical actions it intends to take to increase awareness of children’s rights.
  • The Scottish Government should look ahead and also report on the activities it intends to undertake to further children’s rights in each three-year period.
  • Evidence was taken from the Commissioner for Children and Young People in Scotland, and others, about the scope of new powers for the Commissioner. The Committee were concerned there was a difference in how the new power could be interpreted and called on the Scottish Government to remove any such doubt.
  • The Scottish Government should clearly illustrate how children’s service plans fit within the wider Government strategy to integrate service planning across for example, CPP’s and the Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Bill.
  • The Scottish Government should ensure a child’s plan can be produced in such a way as to allow the easy incorporation of other statutory requirements.
  • The Scottish Government should consider the inclusion in the Bill of a dispute resolution mechanism to resolve disputes in relation to a child’s plans.
  • The Scottish Government should specify the criteria for classification as a corporate parent and in light thereof review those bodies currently included.
  • The Committee welcomed the measures to provide support for children who are in kinship care as well as the introduction of the kinship care order. The Committee asked the Scottish Government to ensure that the detail of the orders and the support available is made clearer.

For full details see the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Stage 1 Report on the Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill