Parts 1 and 3 guidance for Children and Young People Act published

Author: Scottish Government
Category: Policies & procedures

10th January 2017

The guidance on Children's Rights (Part 1, section 2) and statutory guidance on Children's Services Planning (Part 3) of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 has now been published.

Guidance on Children's Rights (Part 1, section 2)

This non-statutory guidance is issued by Scottish Ministers to provide public authorities with information and advice about how they should fulfil the duties set out in Part 1 of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 (Duties of public authorities in relation to the UNCRC). The guidance seeks to establish best practice in relation to the implementation of these duties.

Part 1 (section 2) of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 places a duty on a range of public authorities (including all local authorities and health boards) to report, "as soon as practicable" after the end of each 3-year period, on the steps they have taken to secure better or further effect of the requirements of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).



Statutory guidance on Children's Services Planning (Part 3)

This Statutory Guidance is issued by Scottish Ministers under section 15 of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014. It provides local authorities and health boards, working in partnership with other public bodies and organisations, with information and advice about how they should exercise the functions conferred by Part 3 (Children's Services Planning) of the Act.

This guidance has been designed to support effective implementation by explaining the purpose and detail of each duty. However, it is not prescriptive about how certain functions should be realised in practice (except in those instances where the legislation is specific on a matter). Each local authority and health board, in collaboration with their children's services planning partners, may shape their own approach, in reference to their local context, within the parameters set by Part 3. Where appropriate, this guidance does illustrate how duties may be fulfilled, but these are suggestions only.

This guidance should be read alongside the guidance for Part 1 (Rights of Children), Part 4 (Provision of Named Persons), Part 5 (Child's Plan), Part 6 (Early Learning and Childcare) and section 96 (Assessment of wellbeing).