CYP Act 2014 guidance for Part 1 and Part 3

Date: 30th March 2016
Category: General measures of implementation, Scotland-specific monitoring and reporting

This consultation seeks views on the Children and Young People Act 2014 guidance for Part 1 (rights reporting) and Part 3 (Children's Services Planning).

The Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 was passed by the Scottish Parliament on 19 February 2014, and received Royal Assent on 27 March 2014. The legislation is a key part of the Scottish Government's strategy for making Scotland the best place to grow up. By facilitating a shift in public services towards the early years of a child's life, and towards early intervention whenever a family of young person needs help, the legislation encourages preventative measures, rather than crises responses. Underpinned by the Scottish Government's commitment to the UNCRC and the national children's services improvement programme, Getting It Right For Every Child (GIRFEC), the Act also establishes the new legal framework within which services are to work together in support of children, young people and families.

Part 1 - Rights Reporting

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

This non-statutory guidance is aimed at those with responsibilities within public authorities for implementing and delivering on the provisions of the Act. This is likely to include strategic leaders and senior planning managers in health boards, local authorities and other bodies listed in schedule 1 to the Act.

Part 3 - Children's Services Planning

Part 3 of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 relates to children's services planning and seeks to improve outcomes for all children and young people in Scotland by ensuring that local planning and delivery of services is integrated, focused on securing quality and value through preventative approaches, and dedicated to safeguarding, supporting and promoting child wellbeing. To this end, Part 3 sets out a legal framework for children's services' planning, including its scope and aims.

Overall responsibility for children's services planning will now rest clearly with a local authority and its relevant health board, with a range of other relevant local and national bodies, either consulted with, or obliged to participate, at various stages of the plans development to review.

This guidance has been developed to assist the professional and community representatives involved in children services planning, but it will also be of interest to individuals and organisations involved in the delivery of services, as these have the potential to be directly affected by the process.