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Current Consultations

Standard for Foster Care: Consultation – Scotland

The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) is consulting on the implementation of the new learning and development Standard for Foster Care, which is intended to provide a national accredited approach to training and development for foster carers, and accompanying guidance. The Standard will specify the learning and development expectations for foster carers at each stage of their career, as well as outlining the values, personal commitment, skills, abilities, knowledge and understanding which learning programmes will deliver and assess.

Closing date: 30 September 2016

There is more information and background to the development of the Standard in Frequently Asked Questions

Further details and the consultation documents are provided on the SSSC website.

Closed Consultations

Consultation on the minimum age of criminal responsibility

The age of criminal responsibility is a significant and complex policy area, which raises sensitivities due to the potential for rare, serious cases involving young children.  Children under 12 cannot be prosecuted in court in Scotland, but those aged 8 and over can be referred to the children’s hearings system on offence grounds. Views are sought on raising the age of criminal responsibility to 12.

Further information can be found here

Closing date 10th June 2016