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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
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: legislation.gov.uk 01 April 2015
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: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2014/05/3052/0
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: www.celcis.org/resources/entry/staying_put_scotland
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.