The Children and Young People (Information Sharing) (Scotland) Bill and accompanying documents were published on Tuesday 20 June 2017.
The Bill will introduce a duty on public and other services to consider if the sharing of information will promote, support or safeguard the wellbeing of a child or young person. It will also ensure that the sharing is compatible with current law.
The Bill specifically makes changes to the information sharing provisions in Part 4 of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 in response to the Supreme Court’s finding and intensive engagement with stakeholders which took place in 2016. The Bill also makes changes to Part 5 of the 2014 Act in order to keep the information sharing provisions of Parts 4 and 5 in alignment.
The aim of the Bill is to bring consistency, clarity and coherence to the practice of sharing information about children’s and young people’s wellbeing across Scotland. It ensures that the rights of children, young people and parents are respected when information is shared under Part 4 (Provision of Named Persons) and Part 5 (Child’s Plan) for the purpose of promoting, supporting or safeguarding children’s or young people’s wellbeing.
The Bill process will be followed by a formal public consultation on the revised statutory guidance for Parts 4 and 5 of the Act and the Code of Practice on information sharing. The Scottish Government will work with Parliament to agree a timetable to enable commencement in 2018.