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Children in Scotland Survey Findings Written Answer, 10/02/15 [S]

Written answer given in response to Cara Hilton's (Lab) question asking the Scottish Government what its position is on the suggestion in the second survey of Children in Scotland's Parent Participation Project that "disabled children and their parents and carers frequently find it very difficult to access services that could enable the children to lead fulfilling lives, achieve the best life outcomes possible, and support families adequately".

The Minister for Children and Young People, Fiona McLeod replied, the Scottish Government is committed to equality of access to support and services for disabled children and young people in line with our responsibilities under the Children and Young People’s (Scotland) Act 2014 to take steps in support of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. We recognise that currently many children with disabilities face barriers to access of services that could help them achieve their potential. The Getting It Right for Every Child framework has been developed to improve the ability of health boards, local authorities and partner services and agencies to work in partnership in their delivery of wellbeing support all children and their families, including those where disability features. Moreover, under Part 3 of the Act, children’s services planning for an area as a whole will now be a joint responsibility of local authorities and health boards and will need to focus on prevention and early intervention, which should ensure more joined-up planning between services in support of disabled children and their families. Work is currently under way to develop statutory guidance for public consultation later in the year.

There are a number of Scottish Government funding initiatives designed to increase the range and availability of wellbeing support available locally, for example, national projects for disabled children and young people funded through the Strategic Partnership and Early Intervention Funds, the Keys to Life and the Scottish Autism Strategy programme funds, and the Short Breaks funding (£13 million between 2010 to 2015) that supports largely disabled children and young people through a grant scheme providing opportunities that include access to leisure and sporting activities.

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