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Care Experienced Students in Scotland’s Colleges and Universities: CELCIS Survey
CELCIS is carrying out a Scottish Funding Council commissioned survey of care experienced students in Scotland. Care experienced young people who are either current students, or have been a student at any time since August 2017, are invited to complete the survey which asks about their experiences of going to college or university and how things were for them during their studies.
Further details and a link to the survey can be found on the CELCIS website.
The Continuing Care (Scotland) Amendment Order 2019: Consultation
The Scottish Government is consulting on proposals to increase the higher age limit for persons eligible for continuing care from twenty to twenty-one years of age from April 2019. The context and detail of the new upper age limit for persons eligible for continuing care are set out in the draft version of The Continuing Care (Scotland) Amendment Order 2019 and the accompanying explanatory note.
Closing date: 12 December 2018
The consultation paper and response form are available here.
Strengthening protection from FGM Consultation
The Scottish Government is consulting on plans to strengthen the existing legislative framework for the protection of women and girls from female genital mutilation (FGM), as well as looking at whether there are further steps that should be considered to help strengthen protection for those at risk of FGM. The consultation closes on 04 January 2019.
Closing date: 04 January 2019
Source: Scottish Government
Further information is available here.
Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Bill: Call for Views
The Equalities and Human Rights Committee (EHRiC) of the Scottish Parliament is seeking views on the Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Bill which was introduced on 6 September 2018. The Bill intends to end the physical punishment of children by parents or those with caring responsibility for a child, and would remove the defence of “reasonable chastisement” which can be used to justify using physical force on a child.
Closing date: 25 January 2019
Further details about the call for views and response templates are provided on the Scottish Parliament website here.
Child neglect and sexual abuse of trust: consultation
The Scottish Government is consulting on proposed changes to the criminal offence of cruelty to children, currently set out in section 12 of the Children and Young Persons (Scotland) Act 1937, with a view to shaping a revised offence of child neglect.
They are also consulting on whether to extend the current criminal offence of sexual abuse of trust to cover not just those who look after children in institutional settings or live with/have parental responsibilities and rights for a child, but also other people undertaking regulated work with children outside an institutional setting, such as sports coaches.
Closing date: 14 November 2018.
Source: Scottish Government
For further information, please click here.
Supporting Disabled Children, Young People and their Families: Consultation
The Scottish Government has launched a consultation on a resource designed to improve the experiences of disabled children, young people, and their families by providing clear, accessible information on national policies, entitlements, rights and the different options for support available.
Closing date: 5 September 2018
Further details and links to the consultation documents are provided on the Scottish Government’s Consultation Hub
Scotland’s care and justice system: enquiry
The Children and Young People’s Commissioner for Scotland (CYCPS) along with Action for Children have established an enquiry to identify what’s going well for children and young people in Scotland’s care and justice system, and what needs to be changed and improved. The enquiry – Kilbrandon Again – seeks views of young people and adults with lived experience, professionals and academics.
Source: CYCPS Date: 14 March 2018
Children and the GDPR Guidance: ICO Consultation
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is consulting on draft guidance on the GDPR provisions intended to enhance the protection of children’s personal data. The draft guidance sets out the ICO’s recommended approach to ensuring a child’s right to privacy is met when their personal data is processed.
Closes: 28 February 2018
Further details and consultation documents can be found on the ICO website.