Mary Fee MSP has put forward a Private Members Bill that seeks to support and improve the outcomes for children experiencing parental imprisonment. The Support for Children (Impact of Parental Imprisonment) (Scotland) Bill is currently a draft proposal for legislation and will undergo a 12-week consultation period that will help to shape the final proposal for the Bill.
Closing date: 7th May 2015
Further information and links are provided on the Together website.
The Scottish Government has launched a consultation on draft Statutory Guidance on Parts 4 (Named Person), 5 (Child’s Plan) and 18 (Section 96, Wellbeing) of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 and draft Orders to be made under that Act.
Closing date: 1st May 2015
The Scottish Parliament's Education and Culture Committee is exploring the progress that the Scottish Government has made in reducing the educational attainment gap. As part of this investigation, it is seeking views on
Further details are on the Scottish Parliament website.
Closing date of parent survey: 7th March 2015
National Guidance for Child Protection in Scotland was published in 2010 and refreshed in 2014 to ensure that it remains relevant and up to date for local agencies and practitioners working together to safeguard and promote the wellbeing of children. The updated Guidance sets out expectations for strategic planning of services to protect children and young people and highlights responsibilities for services and organisations, individual and shared.
The guidance is available on: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2014/05/3052/0
From April 2015 young people in residential, foster or kinship care who turn 16 will be entitled to remain looked after until 21 under new provisions of the Children and Young Persons Bill. It is estimated that around 500 young people will be newly eligible for this entitlement in addition to the Scottish Government’s commitment to providing support to care leavers up to the age of 26.
CELCIS, in partnership with the Scottish Government and other key stakeholders, has produced practice guidance “Staying Put Scotland: providing care leavers with connectedness and belonging” aimed at local authorities and other corporate parenting partners.
The document can be downloaded at: www.celcis.org/resources/entry/staying_put_scotland
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