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  1. Improving our Understanding of Child Poverty in Rural and Island Scotland

    Building on the "Poverty in rural Scotland: evidence review" (December 2021), SRUC were commissioned to undertake the research project, “Improving our understanding of child poverty in rural and island Scotland”.

  2. Tackling child poverty delivery plan: fourth year progress report 2021 to 2022

    The fourth annual progress report for 'Every child, every chance: tackling child poverty delivery plan 2018-2022'.

  3. Mental health and wellbeing strategy: consultation - easy read

    We want to hear your views on what a new mental health and wellbeing strategy for Scotland should look like. We have asked a series of questions, and your answers to these will help us write the final strategy.

  4. Mental health and wellbeing strategy: consultation

    We want to hear your views on what a new mental health and wellbeing strategy for Scotland should look like. We have asked a series of questions, and your answers to these will help us write the final strategy.

  5. Cross-Border Placements (Effect of Deprivation of Liberty Orders) (Scotland) Regulations 2022: practice guidance, notice and undertaking template

    Guidance primarily for local authority staff in England / Wales and any health and social care trust staff in Northern Ireland involved in the placing of children into Scottish residential care under a DOL order. It includes a notice and undertaking template.

  6. National Care Service - children's social services: overview

    Overview of social services provided to children and families in Scotland. It forms one of a collection of contextual papers about social care and related areas in Scotland, linking to the National Care Service consultation.

  7. Physical intervention in schools: draft guidance

    We are consulting on this draft schools guidance "Included, engaged and involved part 3" which takes a relationship and rights based approach to physical intervention in Scottish schools.

  8. Equally Safe - short life delivery plan: summer 2022 to autumn 2023

    A refresh of the Equally Safe Delivery Plan outlining the joint commitment of the Scottish Government and COSLA to preventing and eradicating all forms of violence against women and girls and tackling the underpinning attitudes that perpetuate it.

  9. The Age of Criminal Responsibility (Scotland) Act 2019 (Reports on Use of Places of Safety) Regulations 2022: EQIA

    Equality impact assessment (EQIA) considering the equality implications of Regulations being laid which specify the information to be included in reports on the use of the place of safety power contained in section 28 of the Act, which are to be prepared by Scottish Ministers under section 32 of the Act.

  10. The Age of Criminal Responsibility (Scotland) Act 2019 (Reports on Use of Places of Safety) Regulations 2022: BRIA

    This business and regulatory impact assessment (BRIA) considers the impact on businesses and consumers of Regulations being laid which specify the information to be included in reports on the use of the place of safety power contained in section 28 of the Act, which are prepared by the Scottish Ministers.

  11. The Age of Criminal Responsibility (Scotland) Act 2019 (Reports on Use of Places of Safety) Regulations 2022: CRWIA stage 3

    Child rights and wellbeing impact assessment (CRWIA) which assesses the implications for children of Regulations being laid which specify the information to be included in reports on the use of the place of safety power contained in section 28 of the Act, which are to be prepared by the Scottish Ministers.

  12. School uniform guidance: consultation

    We are seeking views on uniform policy including what should be included within guidance, the role that school uniform plays within day to day school life, how best to reduce the cost of school uniforms and draft principles which could be incorporated into national guidance.

  13. First-tier Tribunal for Scotland Social Security Chamber and Upper Tribunal for Scotland (Rules of Procedure)(Miscellaneous Amendment) Regulations 2022: child rights and wellbeing impact assessment

    A Child Rights and Wellbeing Impact Assessment (CRWIA) to consider the impacts of The First-tier Tribunal for Scotland Social Security Chamber and Upper Tribunal for Scotland (Rules of Procedure)(Miscellaneous Amendment) Regulations 2022.

  14. Children and Young People's Voices Matter: progress report - March 2022

    Report on progress made on the actions agreed at the fifth annual meeting of Cabinet members and children and young people on 16 March 2021.

  15. Coronavirus (COVID-19) mental health transition and recovery plan - children and young people's mental health: CRWIA

    This children’s rights and wellbeing impact assessment (CRWIA) addresses the commitments made in the Coronavirus (COVID-19): mental health - transition and recovery plan and encapsulates the work of multiple policy areas which address children and young people’s mental health.

  16. Cross-Border Placements Regulations: island communities impact assessment

    Island communities impact assessment (ICIA) for the Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Act 2011 (Effect of Deprivation of Liberty Orders) Regulations 2022.

  17. Cross-Border Placements Regulations: child rights and wellbeing impact assessment

    Child rights and wellbeing impact assessment (CRWIA) for the Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Act 2011 (Effect of Deprivation of Liberty Orders) Regulations 2022.

  18. Cross-Border Placements Regulations: equality impact assessment

    Equality impact assessment (EQIA) for the Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Act 2011 (Effect of Deprivation of Liberty Orders) Regulations 2022.

  19. Cross-Border Placements Regulations: business and regulatory impact assessment

    Business and regulatory impact assessment (BRIA) for the Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Act 2011 (Effect of Deprivation of Liberty Orders) Regulations 2022

  20. Welfare reform - impact on households with children: report

    A report that presents analysis of the impacts of UK Government reform on households with children in Scotland.

  21. Routine protective measures in schools, early learning and childcare (ELC) settings and daycare of children's services: child rights and wellbeing impact assessment

    Impact assessment of revised schools guidance and guidance for the Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) sector which seek to ensure routine protective measures are a proportionate and appropriate response to competing harms.

  22. Coronavirus (COVID-19): Advisory Sub-Group on Education and Children's Issues - children, schools, early learning and childcare settings - evidence summary

    Summary report of the evidence on children, schools, early learning and childcare settings and transmission from COVID-19.

  23. Healthcare professionals - supporting children and young people who may have experienced child sexual abuse: clinical pathway

    The purpose of this guidance is to ensure a consistent approach to the provision of healthcare and forensic medical examination services for children and young people of either sex who may have experienced sexual abuse.

  24. Keeping the Promise implementation plan

    The Promise implementation plan sets out our actions and commitments to Keep the Promise for care experienced children, young people and their families. It contributes to our ambition for every child in Scotland to grow up loved, safe and respected so that they realise their full potential.

  25. SAAS Care Experienced Students Bursary (CESB) - Higher Education (HE) students: timing of payments - equality impact assessment

    Equality impact assessment (EQIA) on the introduction of offering students in receipt of the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) care-experienced bursary the choice to receive their bursary payments over 12 months rather than term time.

  26. Coronavirus (COVID-19) supporting Gypsy/Travellers: framework for local authorities

    This framework, created jointly with COSLA, is for local authorities and partners supporting Gypsy/Traveller communities whilst Scotland transitions to living with COVID-19. This framework replaces all previous versions.

  27. Coronavirus (COVID-19) self-directed support: guidance - 11 March 2022

    Version 4 of guidance on self-directed support during the coronavirus pandemic published on 11 March 2022.

  28. Putting Learners at the Centre: Towards a Future Vision for Scottish Education

    Report provided to Scottish Ministers by Professor Ken Muir on the replacement of the Scottish Qualifications Authority, reform of Education Scotland and removal of its inspection function.

  29. Bairns' Hoose: project plan

    This project plan sets out the steps we will take to meet our Programme for Government Commitment which aims to ensure that all eligible children in Scotland will have access to a ‘Bairns’ Hoose’ by 2025.

  30. Mother and Baby Unit (MBU) capacity increase options: consultation - easy read

    Easy read version of the consultation on how to increase Mother and Baby Unit provision or equivalent services to support women with severe mental illness during the perinatal period and their infants. This consultation will inform the development of an options appraisal, as recommended in Delivering Effective Services.

  31. Mother and Baby Unit (MBU) capacity increase options: consultation

    A consultation on how to increase Mother and Baby Unit provision or equivalent services to support women with severe mental illness during the perinatal period and their infants. This consultation will inform the development of an options appraisal, as recommended in Delivering Effective Services.

  32. National guidance for child protection in Scotland 2021

    This guidance describes the responsibilities and expectations for all involved in protecting children and will support the care and protection of children.

  33. Coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions on children and young people: children's rights and wellbeing assessment

    Children's rights and wellbeing assessment (CRWIA) providing an update on the evidence of the impact of COVID-19 restrictions and the wider pandemic on babies, children and young people.

  34. Prevention of homelessness duties: consultation

    Joint Scottish Government and COSLA consultation on the proposals for new prevention of homelessness duties. This consultation creates an opportunity for individuals and organisations to have their say on changes to the homelessness system in Scotland.

  35. Drug and alcohol services - improving holistic family support

    This paper seeks to provide a framework, in line with the national drug/alcohol strategy Rights, Respect and Recovery (RRR) and linked policy initiatives for the development of a consistent approach for families affected by substance use.

  36. The Age of Criminal Responsibility (Scotland) Act 2019 (Places of Safety) Regulations 2021: CRWIA (stage 3)

    Child rights and wellbeing impact assessment (CRWIA) which assesses the implications for children of Regulations being laid which prescribe the information to be recorded by police when they use the power in section 28 of the Age of Criminal Responsibility (Scotland) Act 2019.

  37. The Age of Criminal Responsibility (Scotland) Act 2019 (Places of Safety) Regulations 2021: EQIA

    Equality impact assessment (EQIA) considering the equality implications of laying Regulations under the Age of Criminal Responsibility (Scotland) Act 2019 which prescribe the information to be recorded by police when they use the power in section 28 of that Act.

  38. The Age of Criminal Responsibility (Scotland) Act 2019 (Supplementary Provision) (Jurisdiction) Regulations 2021: CRWIA stage 1

    Stage 1 Screening document which assesses the need for a child rights and wellbeing impact assessment (CRWIA) in relation to Regulations being laid which make provision for jurisdiction to entertain certain applications to court under the Age of Criminal Responsibility (Scotland) Act 2019.

  39. The Age of Criminal Responsibility (Scotland) Act 2019 (Places of Safety) Regulations 2021: BRIA

    This business and regulatory impact assessment (BRIA) considers the impact on businesses and consumers of laying Regulations under the Age of Criminal Responsibility (Scotland) Act 2019 which will prescribe the information to be recorded by police when they use the power in section 28 of that Act.

  40. Progressing the human rights of children in Scotland: action plan 2021 to 2024

    This action plan details what we will do to further the rights of children for the next three years from 2021 to 2024.

  41. Progressing the human rights of children in Scotland: report 2018 to 2021 - easy read

    This easy read report discusses actions taken to support and promote the rights of children in Scotland in line with Part 1 of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 Act from 2018 until 2021.

  42. Progressing the human rights of children in Scotland: report 2018 to 2021

    This report discusses actions taken to support and promote the rights of children in Scotland in line with Part 1 of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 Act from 2018 until 2021.

  43. United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child implementation: introductory guidance

    Non-statutory guidance developed in partnership with public authorities and the third sector, introducing key concepts within the UNCRC and links with further resources for embedding a children’s rights-based approach in public services.

  44. Children's Rights and Wellbeing Impact Assessment guidance

    Guidance on how to complete a Children's Rights and Wellbeing Screening Sheet and Impact Assessment (CRWIA). Includes links to useful resources for gathering evidence, involving children and young people in the development of your policy/measure and ensuring decisions are necessary and proportionate.

  45. Coronavirus (COVID-19) domestic vaccine certification: children's rights and wellbeing impact assessment

    Children's rights and wellbeing impact assessment (CRWIA) considering the ways which the domestic Covid vaccine certification scheme may engage the rights of children and young people protected under the United Nation's Convention on the Rights of the Child.

  46. Heat in buildings strategy: child rights and wellbeing impact assessment

    Summary document setting out the results of the full child rights and wellbeing impact assessment which has been carried out for the Heat in Buildings Strategy.

  47. Assessment of wellbeing - draft statutory guidance: consultation

    This consultation paper is for the public consultation on draft statutory guidance on assessment of wellbeing, as required in the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014.

  48. Curriculum for Excellence review: implementation framework

    A framework for how we will address the recommendations in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) report, ‘Scotland’s Curriculum for Excellence: Into the Future’. This will include using the analysis and advice set out in Professor Stobart’s working paper on assessment in secondary education.

  49. National Trauma Training Programme: workforce survey 2021

    Main findings from an online survey of the Scottish workforce exploring awareness and attitudes to psychological trauma and trauma-informed practice. The survey was carried out by the Improvement Service as part of the National Trauma Training Programme.

  50. Coronavirus (COVID-19) education recovery: key actions and next steps

    Outlines our ongoing response to the impacts of the pandemic on education in Scotland, and sets out some key next steps we will take to address them.

  51. Treòir - Voar - Virr Gaelic and English medium primary schools and departments on islands

    Comprehensive list of primary schools on Scottish islands that will be invited to engage in the Treòir | Voar | Virr programme. A National Transition Training Fund programme to aid recovery in education and support re-training and employment opportunities for creative freelancers through arts-based cultural workshops in primary schools that support delivery of our National Islands Plan commitments.

  52. Winter Heating Assistance for Children and Young People (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2021: draft CRWIA

    Draft child rights and wellbeing impact assessment (CRWIA) for the Winter Heating Assistance for Children and Young People (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2021 Amendment Regulations 2021.

  53. Winter Heating Assistance for Children and Young People (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2021: ICIA

    Island Communities Impact Assessment (ICIA) for the Winter Heating Assistance for Children and Young People (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2021 Regulations 2021.

  54. Winter Heating Assistance for Children and Young People (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2021: draft BRIA

    Draft business and regulatory impact assessment (BRIA) for the Winter Heating Assistance for Children and Young People (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2021.

  55. Winter Heating Assistance for Children and Young People (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2021: draft EQIA

    Equality impact assessment (EQIA) for the Winter Heating Assistance for Children and Young People (Scotland) Amendment Regulations.

  56. Collaborative and Compassionate Cancer Care: cancer strategy for children and young people 2021–2026

    This Managed Service Network (MSN) for Children and Young People with cancer (CYPC) strategy celebrates the achievements to date as well as setting out ambitions for the coming 5 years.

  57. Social Security (Claims And Payments) (Miscellaneous Amendments) (Scotland) Regulations 2021: CRWIA

    A child rights and wellbeing impact assessment (CRWIA) to consider the impacts of The Social Security (Claims And Payments) (Miscellaneous Amendments) (Scotland) Regulations 2021.

  58. Children and young people - national neurodevelopmental specification: principles and standards of care

    Seven standards for services to support children and young people who have neurodevelopmental profiles with support needs and require more support than currently available.

  59. Keeping families together

    Reducing the number of children in care.

  60. National guidance for child protection committees undertaking learning reviews

    Guidance to support child protection committees to reflect, learn and improve child protection systems and practice when a child or young person dies, is significantly harmed, or was at risk of death or significant harm or where effective practice has prevented harm or risk of harm.

  61. National guidance for child protection 2021: consultation report

    This report shows the results of the public consultation on the revised national guidance for child protection in Scotland, and our response to the results.

  62. A National Care Service for Scotland consultation: easy read

    An easy read version of the National Care Service consultation paper.

  63. Summer offer for children and young people - 'Get Into Summer' programme: CRWIA stage 3

    This child rights and wellbeing impact assessment concerns the £20 million summer offer for children and young people, one of the Scottish Government's 100 Days commitments.

  64. Summer offer for children and young people - 'Get Into Summer' programme: CRWIA stage 1

    This child rights and wellbeing impact assessment concerns the £20 million summer offer for children and young people, one of the Scottish Government's 100 Days commitments.

  65. Summer offer for children and young people - 'Get Into Summer' programme: equality impact assessment

    This EQIA concerns the £20 million summer offer for children and young people, one of the Scottish Government's 100 Days commitments.

  66. Coronavirus (COVID-19) reducing risks in schools guidance for back to school arrangements: children's rights and wellbeing impact assessment - August 2021

    Updated Reducing risks in schools guidance (version 6.0) has been developed in consultation with the COVID-19 Education Recovery Group (CERG) and with the advice of the Advisory Sub-Group on Education and Children’s Issues. This document considers the impact of this guidance on the rights and wellbeing of children and young people.

  67. Coronavirus (COVID-19) - experiences of vulnerable children, young people, and parents: research

    This report presents findings from qualitative research conducted with a range of children, young people and parents in vulnerable or seldom heard groups, carried out to explore their lived experiences during and throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

  68. Milk and Healthy Snack Scheme (Scotland) Regulations 2021: children's rights and wellbeing impact assessment

    This Children's Rights and Wellbeing Impact Assessment (CRWIA) was conducted in relation to the Milk and Healthy Snack Scheme (Scotland) Regulations 2021 which will replace the application of the 1996 Regulations and UK Nursery Milk Scheme in Scotland from 1 August 2021.

  69. Milk and Healthy Snack Scheme (Scotland) Regulations 2021: equality impact assessment

    This Equality Impact Assessment (EQIA) was conducted in relation to the Milk and Healthy Snack Scheme (Scotland) Regulations 2021 which will replace the application of the 1996 Regulations and UK Nursery Milk Scheme in Scotland from 1 August 2021.

  70. Milk and Healthy Snack Scheme (Scotland) Regulations 2021: business and regulatory impact assessment

    The Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment (BRIA) was conducted in relation to the Milk and Healthy Snack Scheme (Scotland) Regulations 2021 where it will replace the UK Nursery Milk Scheme with the Scottish Milk and Healthy Snack Scheme for the purposes of childcare providers in Scotland only.

  71. Driving change in the ‘care system’

    Launch of The Promise Partnership Fund.

  72. Can Scotland be Brave – Incorporating UNCRC Article 12 in practice

    This project investigated how well practitioners, understood and implemented the full obligations of Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (‘UNCRC’).

  73. Improving additional support for learning

    Action plan published following independent review.

  74. Children’s hearings

    Views sought on extending the age range of young people referred.

  75. Coronavirus (COVID-19): supporting vulnerable children and young people – data intelligence report

    This report provides a commentary about the impact of the Covid-19 outbreak on vulnerable children and families in Scotland in the initial weeks of the ‘lockdown’, and on the way that services are adapting and responding to the crisis

  76. 600 adoption matches made

    Milestone reached as adoption support website launched.

  77. Care experienced young people have their voices heard

    First Minister has met 1,000 young people with experience of care.

  78. Youth justice standards: consultation

    We are seeking your views on Youth Justice Standards that would provide a framework for the audit of services which support children involved in offending behaviour.

  79. Getting it right for every child (GIRFEC) update: October 2019

    Update to stakeholders about the development of GIRFEC policy.

  80. GIRFEC: open letter to managers, headteachers and practitioners in children’s services

    Update from senior leaders responsible for standards and practice in health, social work, social care and education.

  81. Children and Young People (Information Sharing) Bill

    Information sharing proposals dropped and named person provisions repealed.

  82. Getting it right for every child (GIRFEC) Practice Development Panel: final report

    Final report from the GIRFEC Practice Development Panel, including recommendations on information sharing in support of the named person and child’s plan aspects.

  83. Getting it right for every child (GIRFEC) Practice Development Panel final report: our response

    Scottish Government response to the GIRFEC Practice Development Panel's recommendations.

  84. Getting it right for every child: ministerial statement

    Deputy First Minister John Swinney updates the Parliament on Getting it Right for Every Child (GIRFEC) Practice Development Panel's final report.

  85. Exam results help is at hand

    Careers advisers standing by to provide dedicated support.

  86. Children and Young People's Mental Health Task Force: recommendations

    Recommendations from Children and Young People’s Mental Health Task Force to Scottish Government and COSLA.

  87. Commitment to sustainable learning

    Educating pupils on being responsible citizens of the world.

  88. £50 million to improve attainment

    88% of headteachers see progress in closing the gaps in attainment and wellbeing.

  89. Recommendations for Standardised Assessments

    Report by P1 teachers highlights areas for improvement. 

  90. New look Baby Box ready for Mother’s Day

    Uptake jumps to 96% as 80,000 deliveries made to parents.

  91. Better outcomes for children who need additional support

    New tools for teachers and councils to assist learners.

  92. Children's services planning: provision of statutory guidance - consultation

    We wish to consult whether the content, scope and format of the statutory guidance is still helpful and fit for purpose.

  93. Record high for school leavers in positive destinations

    Deprivation gap in positive destinations falls by half.

  94. Upgraded PlayTalkRead roadshow fleet

    Roadshow visitors increase 31% in the last year.

  95. Protecting children and young people: Child Protection Committee and Chief Officer responsibilities

    Guidance outlining Child Protection Committee and Chief Officer responsibilities for protecting children and young people.

  96. Children and young people's voices matter: progress report - February 2019

    Progress on the actions agreed at the Cabinet meeting with children and young people in March 2018.

  97. Primary 1 Assessments

    Independent review team call for views.

  98. Review of Personal and Social Education: preparing Scotland's children and young people for learning, work and life

    Review of personal and social education (PSE), including the role of guidance in schools and school counselling services and the effectiveness of the provision of the universal support entitlement for children and young people in local authority schools.

  99. A meal for every child at funded early learning and childcare sessions

    Major new Scottish Government scheme delivers healthy food, outdoor play & living wage in childcare.

  100. Primary teacher numbers highest since 1980

    447 more teachers in 2018.

  101. Schools in Scotland and CfE Achievement

    National and Official (Experimental - Data under development) Statistics Publications for Scotland.

  102. LGBTI education

    Scotland will lead the way in inclusive education.

  103. Fallback removed from National 5 courses

    Candidates will no longer automatically receive National 4 level.

  104. Standardised assessments demonstration

    MSPs invited to see assessments first-hand.

  105. Child and adolescent health and wellbeing: evidence review

    Maps available national data on child health and wellbeing against the SHANNARI domains, to produce a full and detailed picture of ‘where we are now’ on child health and wellbeing in Scotland.

  106. Improving standardised assessments

    Deputy First Minister announces improvements for pupils and teachers for this school year.

  107. More support for parents

    New engagement plan to improve links between home and school.

  108. Strengthening Scottish education

    First formal report from International Council of Education Advisers.

  109. A vision for national wellbeing

    New National Performance Framework launched.

  110. Information sharing bill and named person policy: FOI release

    Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

  111. More than £4 million for educational psychologists

    Funding expected to support up to 30 new trainees annually.

  112. New national school clothing grant

    Thousands to benefit from minimum £100 grant.

  113. Almost a billion pounds to fully fund childcare

    Funding package agreed in partnership with COSLA.

  114. Children and Young People (Information Sharing) (Scotland) Bill: FOI release

    Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

  115. Christmas Maths Challenge

    DFM launches festive puzzles.

  116. The Children and Young People (Information Sharing) Bill: FOI release

    Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

  117. Teacher numbers increase

    DFM: Scottish Government investment improving education.

  118. Named person panel

    Independent advice on information sharing.

  119. New Chief Inspector of Education

    DFM confirms appointment.

  120. Scottish Education Council

    New body to take forward reform.

  121. Presumption of mainstreaming

    Consultation on guidance for mainstreaming in education launched.

  122. Improving attainment in early years

    High quality childcare improves children’s development.

  123. New visitor centre at Glenochil Prison

    Formal opening for visitor centre.

  124. Getting it right for every child (GIRFEC) update: July 2017

    Update for GIRFEC stakeholders.

  125. Supporting children and families

    New legislation to clarify information sharing provisions.

  126. Getting it right for every child: understanding wellbeing leaflet

    Leaflet explaining wellbeing in context of the GIRFEC approach.

  127. UNCRC: the foundation of Getting it right for every child

    A report showing how Getting it right for every child fully supports the implementation of UNCRC in Scotland.

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