Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill

 

Together has been working alongside its members since the development of the Rights of Children and Young People Bill began up until present. This page collates important documents and briefings that have been produced since September 2011.

 

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The Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill received Royal Assent on 27th March 2014 and is now the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014.

 

Stage 3

The Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill was passed by MSPs following its final (Stage 3) parliamentary scrutiny on 19th February 2014.

The Scottish Parliament voted to pass the Bill with votes totalling yes: 103, no: 15, abstentions: 0.

A number of briefings were produced alongside Together in advance of the debate, including by Scotland's Commissioner for Children and Young People (SCCYP), Cl@n childlaw and The Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland (CELCIS).

None of the amendments that Together supported were voted for by MSPs during Stage 3.

 

Stage 2

The Education and Culture Committee took evidence at Stage 2 of the Bill on 3rd December 2013. The Committee then considered the Bill at Stage 2 (Day 1) on 17th December 2013. Here, Parts 1-4 of the Bill were considered and potential amendments were put forward.

Day 2 of consideration on amendments to the Bill took place on 7th January 2014. Parts 4-7 of the Bill were considered.

Day 3 of Stage 2 took place on 14th January 2014. Part 7-11 of the Bill were considered.

Day 4 (the final day) of Stage 2 took place on 21st January 2014 and the rest of the Bill was considered here. A full report of this meeting is unavailable.

 

Briefings for Stage 2

Together produced a briefing for Stage 2 which outlined the child rights specific amendments to the Children and Young People Bill that were supported by Together and its members.

 

Stage 1

The Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill was introduced to the Scottish Parliament on 17th April 2013. The lead Committee for the Bill is the Education and Culture Committee.

A call for written evidence on the general principles of the Bill was then issued on 8th May 2013. The closing date for submissions was 26th July 2013. It is proposed that all submissions will be formatted and published in August.

The Scottish Parliament has collated important information about the Bill on a webpage: it's current status, the Bill as introduced to Parliament and its policy memorandum and explanatory notes.

Oral evidence began on 3rd September and ended on 8th October 2013. Together gave evidence on Part 1 (Rights of Children) of the Bill on 1st October.

Find out more and access the Scottish Government's timetable here.

The Education and Culture Committee Stage 1 report was released on 15th November 2013.

The Stage 1 debate took place on 21st November 2013. Together submitted a briefing in advance of the debate which provides a response to the conclusions made in the Stage 1 report specifically relating to children's rights.

 

Briefings for Stage 1

Together produced a briefing for its members to help inform responses to the call for written evidence of the general principles of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill.

Together also released a briefing for its members on incorporation of the UNCRC with regard to the Children and Young People Bill.

The briefing highlights Together's support for the policy objectives of the Bill, alongside concerns regarding the extent to which the provisions in the Bill will succeed in realising it's policy intentions.

NSPCC produced a briefing on confidentiality and the information sharing proposals in the Children and Young people (Scotland) Bill, in partnership with SCCYP, CELCIS and cl@n child law. Further information is available here.

Who Cares? Scotland released an information paper highlighting their call for amendments to Part 8 of the Bill, seeking to secure the right for a young person to stay in / or return to care up to 26 years of age.

Save the Children produced a briefing focusing on the duties in the relating to early learning and childcare within Part 6 of the
Children and Young People Bill. It aims to highlight some key issues in relation to the provisions.

Together put forward a briefing to the Education and Culture Committee ahead of the evidence-giving session with the Scottish Government on Tuesday 25th June 2013. The aim of the briefing was to inform the Committee of key children's rights issues raised by Together's members.

 

Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill: Consultation phase

The Scottish Government consulted between 4th July and 25th September 2012 on the proposal for a Children and Young People Bill, which set out a range of proposals for taking forward their ambitions for children's rights and services.

Together released a briefing to inform responses to the Children and Young People Bill consultation.

 

Rights of Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill: Consultation phase

 

The First Minister announced on 7th September 2011 that the Scottish Government would bring forward a Rights of Children and Young People Bill in 2012.

It was hoped that a Rights of Children and Young People Bill would establish in law the responsibilities of the Scottish Ministers to have due regard to the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) when exercising any of their functions.

The deadline for consultation responses was 1st December 2011.

Together released a briefing to inform responses to the Rights of Children and Young People Bill consultation.

After the consultation phase, the Scottish Government announced that it intended to merge the proposed Rights bill into an integrated Children and Young People Bill, which would be placed before Parliament in 2013.

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