Children and Young People Bill – An Introduction
The bill is intended to contribute to the Scottish Government’s aim of giving all Scotland’s children the best possible start. The Minister for Children and Young People, Aileen Campbell recently encapsulated this ambition, “This Government’s vision for children and young people is clear: We want Scotland to be the best place in the world for them to grow up. A place where rights are respected and where children can access all the opportunities and support they need, when they need it.”
It focuses on taking forward the following key areas:
- More effective Rights for Children and Young People
Promoting and raising awareness of the rights of children and young people. Reporting on progress to further their rights and extending the powers of Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People.
- Early Learning and Childcare
Improving access to high quality, flexible early learning & childcare for all children.
- Getting it Right for Every Child
Support for all children from birth up to leaving school with provisions made for children and young people in special circumstances. A named person and Child’s Plan will help address all circumstances that are getting in the way of improving a child’s or young person’s wellbeing.
The changes in the proposed bill are part of a shift from the concept of ‘welfare’ to one of ‘wellbeing’. The definition of ‘wellbeing’ is more all-encompassing, capturing the full range of factors that affect a child and young person’s lives.
Through the bill there will be a requirement on public bodies to work together to jointly design plan and deliver their policies and services to ensure they are focussing on improving children’s wellbeing.
- Getting it Right for Looked after Children
Improving the right to support over the age of 21, addressing the needs of kinship care, corporate parenting and the use of the national adoption register.
We will be focusing on each of these areas in the next four weeks on Engage, breaking them down and examining in more detail what the bill is aiming to achieve as well as asking you questions around key areas.
In the meantime, if you would like to find out more about the bill or have your say register in the formal consultation you can access it online:
Public Consultation – Children and Young People Bill
The Scottish Government’s public consultation on the Children and Young People Bill runs from 4 July to 25 September 2012, on proposals for new legislation to help makeScotland the best place for children to grow up.
Have your say – Children and Young People Bill Consultation [Closes - 25/09/12].
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