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Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 and Disabled Children Written Answer, 10/02/15 [S]

 Written answer given in response to Cara Hilton's (Lab) question asking the the Scottish Government whether the statutory guidance accompanying the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 will include reference to the specific needs of disabled children.

The Minister for Children and Young People, Fiona McLeod replied, that the draft statutory guidance on parts 4, 5 and 18 (section 96) of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 contains references to the specific needs of disabled children. We discussed the developing draft statutory guidance with key stakeholders and launched the full, public consultation on 6 February 2015 as set out in the answer to question S4W-24342. We are committed to working with stakeholders during the consultation period.
In addition, the statutory guidance which was published to support the implementation of the early learning and childcare provisions of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 includes a chapter on children with additional support needs, including those with additional support needs arising from a disability within the meaning of the Equality Act 2010.

Statutory guidance on Part 9 of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act requires corporate parents to take into account barriers related to the special needs of disabled children. They must then identify and implement appropriate actions to help these children and young people overcome the barriers, so that they can benefit from the opportunities, services and support available to them. The corporate parenting guidance is currently out to public consultation until 15 March 2015 at:
http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2014/12/2912/downloads#res466889.

For the full answer to this and other questions see the Scottish Parliament Written Answer Report 10 February 2015 which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Written Answer Report 10 February 2015