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Current 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

Closed consultations

Social Work Complaints Procedures: Consultation – Scotland

The Scottish Government is consulting on a Draft Order that would revise the procedures for complaints about social work and allow the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman to consider complaints in relation to social work under their model Complaints Handling Procedures.

Further details and the consultation documents can be found on the Scottish Government website
Closing date: 14 December 2015


Consultation on Draft Decision Making Guidance for Foster Carers in Scotland

The Scottish Government has commissioned the Scottish Child Law Centre to develop guidance that would clarify for foster carers what their approach should be when it comes to making day to day decisions that affect the children they care for. The guidance covers a wide range of topics and is designed as a tool to help foster carers ensure the wellbeing of children and young people while respecting the rights and responsibilities of parents.
Your views are now being sought on this guidance and responses should be sent by email to by 30th November 2015.

The documents can be found at:


Consultation On The Removal Of The 3 Year Limitation Period From Civil Actions For Damages For Personal Injury For In Care Survivors Of Historical Child Abuse

Consultation seeks views on a number of matters around the removal of the time-bar for survivors of historical abuse.

Start date: 25/06/2015

Closing date: 25/09/2015 

Foster Carer Study on New Mental Health Screening Tool – UK

A research team based at the University of Surrey is seeking to gather the views of foster carers on a new mental health screening tool from Michael Tarren-Sweeney; the Brief Assessment Checklist. They are asking foster carers of children and young people between 4 and 16 years to complete a brief online survey to share their views. The survey is anonymous and takes just 15 minutes to complete.

The survey can be found on the University of Surrey website  For more information or to ask any questions please email the research team at

Treasury Seeking Views on Budget – UK

The Treasury is seeking views on what should go into the Budget, which will take place on 8 July 2015. The survey asks for one or two issues important to you, with an explanation of why your proposal should be considered and clear, concise evidence to support it.

Closing date: 5 June 2015.

Guidance and a link to the survey are on the Government Online website

Criminal Law Reforms: Consultation – Scotland
The Scottish Government has launched a consultation on plans to reform criminal law to address domestic abuse and sexual offences. The consultation paper ‘Equally safe’ sets out the proposed reforms including the creation of specific offences concerning domestic abuse, the introduction of statutory jury directions in sexual offence cases and extending the extra-territorial effect of the law concerning sexual offences against children to include offences committed elsewhere in the United Kingdom.

Closing date: 19th June 2015
You can access further details and links to the consultation documents on the Scottish Government website

New call for written submissions

Education (Scotland) Bill: Call for Written Submissions – Scotland
The Scottish Parliament’s Education and Culture Committee is calling for written submissions on the Scottish Government’s Education (Scotland) Bill. Aims of the Bill include:
• Promoting equity of attainment for disadvantaged children and take steps towards narrowing the attainment gap .
• Extending rights under the Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2004 (as amended) to children aged 12 and over with capacity.

The call for written submissions contains a list of possible questions including asking if there are any reasons to distinguish between guardians and kinship carers for the purposes of entitlement to free early learning and childcare.

Closing date: 18th May 2015

You can find more information on Scottish Parliament website


Children and Young People Act 2014

In Scotland, as of 1 April 2015, all young people in residential, foster or kinship care who turn 16 will now be entitled to remain in their care setting until they reach the age of 21. The changes were introduced by the Children and Young People Act, passed by Parliament in February 2014.

Source: Scottish Government 01 April 2015

Further information:
Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014


The Care Act 2014

The Care Act 2014 has come into force. New duties and responsibilities for local authorities include provisions to ensure that there is no gap in services for children receiving support when they become adults.

Source: 01 April 2015

Further information:

Care Act 2014


Draft Statutory Guidance on Corporate Parenting: Consultation – Scotland

The Scottish Government is consulting on draft Statutory Guidance on Part 9 (Corporate Parenting) of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014. The guidance is intended to clarify the duties of corporate parents and support corporate parents to develop practices to improve the outcomes for looked after children and care leavers.

Further details and a link to the consultation document can be found on the Scottish Government website.

This consultation is now closed

National Child Protection Guidance Refreshed – Scotland

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:

Increased Rights for Care Leavers from April 2015 – Scotland

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:

Current Consultations – Scotland

Consultation on the National Care Standards – Scotland

The National Care Standards were created to help people understand what to expect from services, and services understand the standards they should deliver. There are currently 23 sets of standards covering a wide range of care services, including nurseries and childminders, care homes for older people, housing support services, hospice care and independent hospitals.

There have been many changes since the standards were created in 2002 and this document seeks your views on how the standards should be updated and improved.

The consultation document can be found at:

The Consultation is now closed

Minister’s letter to foster carers and Invitation to participate in foster care review

Children’s Minister Aileen Campbell has written to all foster families in Scotland to recognise their dedication to improving the lives of vulnerable children and providing an update on some of the work that the Scottish Government is taking forward.

In her letter Ms Campbell says:

“I am keen for you to remain updated on the work of the National Foster Care Review and we are setting up a communications network. As part of that network we are keen to establish a database of foster carers that we can contact directly for further insights on issues relating to foster care. If you’d like to be part of that network, you can email us at


New Children and Young Peoples’ Bill

The Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill has been introduced to the Scottish Parliament on Thursday 18th April 2013.