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Children and Young people Bill a consultation

  1. 1. Children and Young People Bill: An Overview Elisabeth Campbell Bill Team Leader September 2012
  2. 2. What are our aspirations for children and young people?• Making Scotland the best place to grow up• A shift towards effective early years support• Greater focus on prevention and early intervention• Providing more effective support for parents• Ensuring services are child-centred• Embedding the rights of children and young people in service delivery and design
  3. 3. What are we doing to achieve our aspirations?• Providing £274m+ to support the early years• Implementing Curriculum for Excellence• Rolling out Family Nurse Partnership programme• Introducing minimum alcohol pricing legislation• Developing National Parenting Strategy• Working with Community Planning Partnerships to implement Getting it right for every child
  4. 4. How will legislation support our aspirations?• Make ‘real’ the rights of children and young people by placing duties on the public sector and more powers for the Children’s Commissioner• Ensure every child has access to a Named Person and, where required, a Child’s Plan• Increase the flexibility and amount of free early learning and childcare• Ensure better permanence planning for looked after children.
  5. 5. What are we proposing onthe rights of children and young people?• A duty on Scottish Ministers to take – and report on – appropriate steps to further children’s rights• A duty on Scottish Ministers to promote and raise awareness of children’s rights• A duty across the public sector to report on how the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child is being furthered• New powers for Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People to conduct investigations on behalf of individual children
  6. 6. What are we proposing on Getting it right for every child?• An obligation across the public sector to work together to improve wellbeing• Duties to ensure every child has a Named Person• Duties to ensure that a single Child’s Plan is in place for children who need it• A duty across the public service to report on how children’s outcomes are being improved
  7. 7. What are we proposing on early learning and childcare?• Ensuring there is a minimum provision of 600 hours per annum early learning and childcare for 3 and 4 year olds, and 2 year olds who are looked after• Ensuring a range of uptake options is offered to parents, potentially including: - compressed hours over 2 or 3 days - hours outwith term times - longer sessions of early learning/childcare
  8. 8. What are we proposing on looked after children?• Extending the right of young people leaving care to ask for help from a local authority from the age of 21 to 25• Defining ‘corporate parenting’ and clarifying the public bodies to which the definition applies• Putting a a new ‘order’ on statute to support the parenting role of kinship carers• Making use of Scotland’s Adoption Register by local authorities compulsory
  9. 9. What is the timetable for legislation?• Announced intention to introduce legislation in September 2011• Launched consultation on a Children and Young People Bill on 4th July (closing date: 25th September)• Planning to introduce into Parliament in 2013• Planning to commence from 2014 onwards
  10. 10. ContactsIf you have queries about the Bill, pleasecontact us