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Draft Human Trafficking and Exploitation Strategy: Consultation – Scotland
The Scottish Government is seeking views on its draft Trafficking and Exploitation Strategy for Scotland. The strategy sets out what the Scottish Government plans to do to tackle the trafficking and exploitation of adults and children within and between communities in Scotland and the wider UK, and also into Scotland from abroad. The comments received will be used to develop the final version of the strategy which is due to be published in spring 2017.
Closing date: 7 December 2016
Further details and links to the consultation documents are provided on the Scottish Government Website.
New National Health and Social Care Standards: Consultation – Scotland
The Scottish Government is consulting on new National Health and Social Care Standards setting out what can be expected when using health and social services in Scotland. The following new Standards, to apply across health, care and social work services, are proposed:
- I experience high quality care and support that is right for me
- I am at the heart of decisions about my care and support
- I am confident in the people who support and care for me
- I am confident in the organisation providing my care and support
- And if the organisation also provides the premises I use
- And if my liberty is restricted by law
- And if I am a child or young person needing social work care and support.
The first four headings set out Standards for everyone. These are complemented by three additional headings with Standards that only apply in specific circumstances.
Closing date: 22 January 2017
For more information and to read the consultation document visit the Scottish Government website.
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.
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