1. Statutory guidance on Part 3 of the UNCRC (Incorporation) (Scotland) Act 2024

    This guidance is aimed at those with responsibilities within listed public authorities for implementing and delivering on the provisions of the UNCRC Act. It includes annexes with suggested reporting formats, information on inclusive communication and on producing child friendly reports.

  2. Statutory guidance on Part 2 of the UNCRC (Incorporation) (Scotland) Act 2024

    The guidance is intended to provide accessible information which supports public authorities to understand and fulfil their duties under section 6, and to secure better or further effect of children’s rights.

  3. Infant food insecurity - responding and preventing: guide

    Following discussions in June 2023, we committed to forming a short life working group to develop emergency integrated pathways for families in Scotland with an infant that may face food insecurity and what is available locally to them in an emergency. This toolkit forms a guide for local areas.

  4. Prostitution - challenging and deterring men's demand: strategic approach

    Sets our our collective approach, working with stakeholders across the wider public and third sector, to challenge and deter men’s demand for prostitution and support those with experience of it.

  5. The death of a looked after child: guidance

    Revised guidance to clarify the roles and responsibilities of agencies specifically in relation to the notification requirements under regulation 6 of the 2009 Regulations on the death of looked after children.

  6. Am Plana Nàiseanta airson Dùthaich a tha Math a Thaobh Biadh: Sgrìobhainn Chochomhairleachaidh

    This consultation covers the content of the national Good Food Nation Plan. It seeks views on the Outcomes; ways of measuring progress; and how different groups envision life in a Good Food Nation. It also seeks views on specified functions. This is a Gaelic translation of the consultation.

  7. Geàrr-iomradh air a' Phlana Nàiseanta airson Dùthaich a tha Math a Thaobh Biadh

    The national Good Food Nation Plan sets out six over-arching Outcomes; the range of targets and indicators that will be used to gauge progress towards achieving them; and details of food-related policies and initiatives from across the Scottish Government. This is a Gaelic summary of the Plan.

  8. National Good Food Nation Plan: consultation

    We are consulting on the first national Good Food Nation Plan. We are seeking views on the national Good Food Nation Outcomes, ways of measuring progress and how different groups envision life in a Good Food Nation. It also seeks views on specified functions.

  9. Hearings for Children report: response

    The Scottish Government's response to the Hearings for Children: The report of the Hearings System Working Group.

  10. Learning Disabilities, Autism and Neurodivergence Bill: consultation

    We are committed to protecting, respecting and championing the rights of people with learning disabilities and neurodivergent people. This consultation on proposals for a Learning Disabilities, Autism and Neurodivergence Bill seeks the views of everyone on how we can do this.

  11. Scottish Languages Bill: equality impact assessment

    Equality impact assessment for the Scottish Languages Bill. This is legislation which seeks to advance the status of, and provision for, the Gaelic and Scots languages.

  12. Historic forced adoption - scoping study: research findings

    A summary of findings from research to scope the support needs of people affected by historic forced adoption in Scotland.

  13. Historic forced adoption - scoping study: service delivery paper

    Research report identifying critical factors to consider when designing services for people affected by historic forced adoption in Scotland.

  14. Historic forced adoption - scoping study: final report

    Research to scope the support needs of people affected by historic forced adoption in Scotland.

  15. Education: National Improvement Framework and improvement plan 2024

    Sets out the vision and priorities for Scottish education that have been agreed across the system, and the national improvement activity that needs to be undertaken to help deliver those key priorities.

  16. Funding Follows The Child and The National Standard for Early Learning and Childcare Providers: Operating Guidance

    This document sets out how the Funding Follows the Child approach operates, including how settings meet the National Standard criteria and the role of local authorities in delivering the approach.

  17. The Social Security Information-sharing (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2024: child rights and wellbeing impact assessment

    This child rights and wellbeing impact assessment (CRWIA) considers the potential impacts of the Social Security Information-sharing (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2024 on children's rights and wellbeing.

  18. Social Security Information-sharing (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2024: equality impact assessment

    This equality impact assessment (EQIA) considers the potential effects of the Social Security Information-sharing (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2024 on people with protected characteristics.

  19. Social Security Information-sharing (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2024: data protection impact assessment

    Data protection impact assessment (DPIA) to consider the impacts of the Social Security Information-sharing (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2024.

  20. Social Security Information-sharing (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2024: island communities impact assessment screening

    The island communities impact assessment (ICIA) records the rationale for the decision taken not to carry out a full impact assessment for the Social Security Information-sharing (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2024.

  21. Social Security Information-sharing (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2024: business and regulatory impact assessment

    Business and regulatory impact assessment (BRIA) considers the impact of the Social Security Information-sharing (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2024 on businesses, including the third sector.

  22. National Trauma Transformation Programme: Trauma-Informed Maternity Services Pathfinders - Learning Report

    Commissioned as part of the National Trauma Transformation Programme (NTTP), this report presents the findings from two trauma-informed maternity services pathfinder projects.

  23. Mapping Of Professional Qualification Routes and Continuous Professional Learning Opportunities relating to Psychological Trauma, in the Children and Families Workforce

    Commissioned as part of the National Trauma Transformation Programme, this research aimed to map the learner journeys of five sectors of the Children and Families workforce including School Nursing, Health Visiting, Children and Families Social Work, Residential Childcare and Secure Care.

  24. CashBack for Communities phase 6: equality impact assessment

    Equality impact assessment (EQIA) to consider the impacts on equality of the development of policy for phase 6 of the Cashback for Communities programme. The programme uses money recovered under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 to fund projects for children and young people.

  25. Getting it right for every child (GIRFEC): child's plan - practice statement - easy read

    Provides an easy read version of the overview of the consideration and function of the non-statutory child's plan within getting it right for every child (GIRFEC).

  26. Getting it right for every child (GIRFEC): child's plan - practice statement

    Provides an overview of the consideration and function of the non-statutory child's plan within getting it right for every child (GIRFEC).

  27. Out to Play - caring for our outdoor spaces

    Guidance to make the most of the outdoor spaces your early learning and childcare settings use and caring for the environment through embedding Learning for Sustainability. This guidance supports practitioners to provide high quality outdoor play experiences.

  28. Transitions to adulthood strategy: statement of intent

    This statement of intent summarises the research and engagement to date on Scotland’s first National Transitions to Adulthood Strategy, and sets out what the Scottish Government has heard it should focus on in order to improve the lived experiences of transitions for Scotland’s disabled young people.

  29. Transitions to adulthood strategy: statement of intent - easy read

    Easy read version of the statement of intent summarises research and engagement to date on Scotland’s first National Transitions to Adulthood Strategy, and sets out what the Scottish Government has heard it should focus on in order to improve experiences of transitions for Scotland’s disabled young people.

  30. Transitions to adulthood strategy: statement of intent - summary

    Summary of the statement of intent summarises research and engagement to date on Scotland’s first National Transitions to Adulthood Strategy, and sets out what the Scottish Government has heard it should focus on in order to improve experiences of transitions for Scotland’s disabled young people.

  31. Children and Young People's Mental Health and Wellbeing Joint Delivery Board: final report

    This report summarises the work of the Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Joint Delivery Board which was co-chaired by COSLA and Scottish Government. The Board oversaw reform across areas that impact on the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people.

  32. Pupils with complex additional support needs: research into provision

    The research looked at policy, practice, partnerships and the perspectives of parents, carers, children and young people in Scotland to explore the ways that pupils with complex needs are supported. Resources, staffing, placements and training were emerging themes in all of the enquiry areas.

  33. Ukraine - Super Sponsor Scheme - 16 interventions: child rights and wellbeing impact assessment

    A review of the Super Sponsor Scheme was undertaken, which identified 16 interventions designed to improve sustainability and empowerment of the scheme.

  34. Age of Criminal Responsibility (Scotland) Act 2019 - child interview rights practitioners: question and answer guide

    Question and answer guide for Child Interview Rights Practitioners (ChIRPs) to provide clarity on practical and procedural matters in relation to age of criminal responsibility investitive that have been raised through feedback.

  35. National Guidance for Child Protection in Scotland 2021 - updated 2023

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

  36. New national allowance for foster and kinship carers

    Important step in Keeping the Promise.

  37. Whole Family Approach: rapid review of literature

    Reviews the evidence on Whole Family Approaches to family support, focussing on examples of best practice in the context of substance use and implications for the training and learning development of substance use practitioners and wider workforce.

  38. Outdoor play funding

    Thousands of children to benefit.

  39. Cashback for Communities phase 6: children's rights and wellbeing impact assessment

    Children's rights and wellbeing impact assessment for phase 6 of the CashBack for Communities programme.

  40. Cashback for Communities phase 6: island communities impact assessment

    Island communities impact assessment for the CashBack for Communities programme.

  41. National Islands Plan: implementation route map 2023

    Details how we will deliver on the commitments in the National Islands Plan, over the coming year.

  42. School age childcare: national children's charter

    In 2022 and 2023 A Place in Childhood and Scottish Government worked with children in schools across Scotland to design a Charter for school age childcare in Scotland.

  43. Whole Family Wellbeing Funding (WFWF): year 1 - process evaluation - interim report

    Whole Family Wellbeing Funding (WFWF) year 1 process evaluation interim report.

  44. Learning for sustainability: action plan 2023 to 2030 - Gaelic translation

    Scotland's learning for sustainability action plan 2023 to 2030 "Target 2030: A movement for people, planet and prosperity " aims to build an inspiring movement for change so every 3 to 18 place of education becomes a sustainable learning setting by 2030.

  45. Learning for sustainability: action plan 2023 to 2030

    Scotland's learning for sustainability action plan 2023 to 2030 "Target 2030: A movement for people, planet and prosperity " aims to build an inspiring movement for change so every 3 to 18 place of education becomes a sustainable learning setting by 2030.

  46. Attainment Scotland Fund evaluation: National Improvement Framework - attainment and health and wellbeing measures

    Summarises evidence around improvement in attainment and health and wellbeing, and the gap between pupils from the most and least deprived areas. It is an initial key output from the new Attainment Scotland Fund (ASF) evaluation strategy and forms part of the overall body of evidence for the evaluation.

  47. Children seeking asylum

    Launch of new guardianship service.

  48. Transforming children’s experiences of the justice system

    New test sites for ‘Bairns’ Hoose’ to be set up.

  49. Bairns' Hoose – children and young people: participation and engagement plan - easy read

    Easy read version of a plan which sets out our approach to participation and engagement, and the actions we will take to make sure that Bairns’ Hoose services best reflect the views of children and young people with lived experience of trauma.

  50. Bairns' Hoose - project plan: progress report and pathfinder delivery plan 2023 to 2025 - easy read

    Easy read version of a report which highlights the progress made towards developing a national Bairns’ Hoose model, sets out revised overarching actions for 2023 to 2025 and provides a detailed delivery plan for the Pathfinder phase.

  51. Bairns' Hoose – children and young people: participation and engagement plan

    This plan sets out our approach to participation and engagement, and the actions we will take to make sure that Bairns’ Hoose services best reflect the views of children and young people with lived experience of trauma.

  52. Bairns' Hoose - project plan: progress report and pathfinder delivery plan 2023 to 2025

    This report highlights the progress made towards developing a national Bairns’ Hoose model, sets out revised overarching actions for 2023 to 2025 and provides a detailed delivery plan for the Pathfinder phase.

  53. National discussion on education: equality impact assessment

    Equality impact assessment (EQIA) for the National Discussion on Education.

  54. Tha Gach Neach-ionnsachaidh ann an Alba Cudromach: Ar Deasbad Nàiseanta Geàrr-aithisg

    Deasbad Nàiseanta air Foghlam – geàrr-aithisg

  55. All Learners in Scotland Matter - national discussion on education: final report

    Final report of the National Discussion on Education.

  56. National discussion on education: island communities impact assessment screening

    Island communities impact assessment screening for the National Discussion on Education.

  57. National discussion on education: Fairer Scotland duty assessment summary

    The Fairer Scotland Duty assessment of the National Discussion on Education.

  58. All Learners in Scotland Matter - national discussion on education: summary report

    A summary of the final report of the National Discussion on Education.

  59. Keeping the Promise

    Minister responds to major report on redesigning the children’s hearings system.

  60. Vaping - understanding prevalence and trends among adults and children: research

    Analysis of data on vaping from twelve surveys conducted at UK or regional level, with a focus on current use, ever tried, dual use and differences by socio-economic status.

  61. Victims, Witnesses, and Justice Reform (Scotland) Bill: child rights and wellbeing impact assessment (CRWIA)

    This impact assessment considers how the Victims, Witnesses, and Justice Reform (Scotland) Bill will affect children’s rights and wellbeing. It records the research, analysis and engagement that has taken place in respect of this and how this has informed the development of the Bill.

  62. Fair Work Action Plan 2022 and Anti-Racist Employment Strategy 2022: data protection impact assessment

    Data Protection Impact Assessment (DPIA) of the Fair Work Action Plan 2022 and Anti-Racist Employment Strategy 2022.

  63. Fair Work Action Plan 2022 and Anti-Racist Employment Strategy 2022: Fairer Scotland duty assessment

    Fairer Scotland Duty Assessment (FSDA) of the Fair Work Action Plan 2022 and Anti-Racist Employment Strategy 2022.

  64. Fair Work Action Plan 2022 and Anti-Racist Employment Strategy 2022: child rights and wellbeing impact assessment

    Child rights and wellbeing impact assessment (CRWIA) of the Fair Work Action Plan 2022 and Anti-Racist Employment Strategy 2022.

  65. Fair Work Action Plan 2022 and Anti-Racist Employment Strategy 2022: island communities impact assessment

    Island Communities Impact Assessment (ICIA) of the Fair Work Action Plan 2022 and Anti-Racist Employment Strategy 2022.

  66. Qualifications and Assessment Review: consultation analysis

    This is an independent report by The Lines Between. It was commissioned by Scottish Government on behalf of Professor Louise Hayward as part of the independent Review of Qualifications and Assessment. The report contains an analysis of the responses received to the Phase Two public consultation.

  67. Scotland's Year of Stories 2022: equality impact assessment

    Scotland’s Year of Stories 2022 showcased Scotland’s strongest culture, tourism and events assets and other key aspects of society by creating a collaborative platform for partners to work together and maximise benefits. The report highlights evidence, opportunities and actions to boost equality.

  68. Experiencing Life Events and Childhood Subjective Wellbeing: A Longitudinal Analysis of Growing Up in Scotland

    The findings of this report are not valid due to an error in the analysis. If you require further information, please email the Growing Up in Scotland mailbox at: GUS@gov.scot.

  69. Minimum Income Guarantee Expert Group: interim report - easy read

    Easy read version of an interim report outlines the group’s work so far and provides a summary of possible steps towards a Minimum Income Guarantee.

  70. Minimum Income Guarantee Expert Group: interim report

    This interim report provides an outline of the group’s work to date towards defining a Minimum Income Guarantee, the context in which the policy is being developed, provide a high-level overview of direction and early thinking towards potential actions.

  71. Historical adoption practices: A formal apology

    Heartbreak of mothers who were forced to give up babies.

  72. Prescribing the minimum annual number of learning hours: consultation

    This consultation sets out Ministers’ proposal to set in law the minimum number of learning hours provided in public and grant aided schools, and invites views on this proposal and its implementation.

  73. Children and young people's voices matter: progress report - March 2023

    Report on progress made on the actions agreed at the sixth annual meeting of Cabinet members and children and young people on 1 March 2022.

  74. Pregnancy and parenthood while you are in school or education: leaflet

    Every pregnant young women, young parent-to-be, and young parent should be supported to stay in education. This leaflet provides basic information to young people about how their school or college will support them to make decisions about their education during pregnancy or parenthood.

  75. Safeguarders - revised practice standards: equality impact assessment (EQIA)

    Equality impact assessment (EQIA) for the implementation of revised practice standards for safeguarders published February 2023 by Children 1st.

  76. Safeguarders - revised practice standards: children's rights and wellbeing impact assessment (CRWIA)

    Children's rights and wellbeing impact assessment (CRWIA) for the implementation of revised practice standards for safeguarders published February 2023 by Children 1st.

  77. Myalgic Encephalomyelitis / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME-CFS): good practice statement

    Guidance to support the diagnosis and management of ME/CFS in primary care. This was originally published in 2010 and we have partially updated it to insert key recommendations from the NICE Guideline on ME/CFS published in October 2021.

  78. Supporting roots: report

    Report providing a broad picture of the needs of birth parents who have lost a child or children to ‘care’, and of the support and services that are currently available in Scotland. This report is designed to support best practice and service innovation.

  79. Home education guidance: consultation analysis

    Summary and analysis of the responses received to the home education guidance consultation.

  80. Violence against women and girls funding review: analysis of responses

    Analysis of the responses to the Strategic Review of Funding and Commissioning of Violence Against Women and Girls Services call for evidence.

  81. Restricting alcohol advertising and promotion: consultation

    This consultation seeks views on potential restrictions to alcohol advertising and promotion in Scotland.

  82. Helping families stay together

    Keeping the Promise.

  83. Keeping families together

    Reducing the number of children in care.

  84. Driving change in the ‘care system’

    Launch of The Promise Partnership Fund.

  85. 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’).

  86. Improving additional support for learning

    Action plan published following independent review.

  87. Children’s hearings

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

  88. 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

  89. 600 adoption matches made

    Milestone reached as adoption support website launched.

  90. Care experienced young people have their voices heard

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

  91. 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.

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

    Update to stakeholders about the development of GIRFEC policy.

  93. 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.

  94. Children and Young People (Information Sharing) Bill

    Information sharing proposals dropped and named person provisions repealed.

  95. 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.

  96. 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.

  97. 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.

  98. Exam results help is at hand

    Careers advisers standing by to provide dedicated support.

  99. 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.

  100. Commitment to sustainable learning

    Educating pupils on being responsible citizens of the world.

  101. £50 million to improve attainment

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

  102. Recommendations for Standardised Assessments

    Report by P1 teachers highlights areas for improvement. 

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

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

  104. Better outcomes for children who need additional support

    New tools for teachers and councils to assist learners.

  105. 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.

  106. Record high for school leavers in positive destinations

    Deprivation gap in positive destinations falls by half.

  107. Upgraded PlayTalkRead roadshow fleet

    Roadshow visitors increase 31% in the last year.

  108. 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.

  109. Primary 1 Assessments

    Independent review team call for views.

  110. 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.

  111. Primary teacher numbers highest since 1980

    447 more teachers in 2018.

  112. Schools in Scotland and CfE Achievement

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

  113. LGBTI education

    Scotland will lead the way in inclusive education.

  114. Fallback removed from National 5 courses

    Candidates will no longer automatically receive National 4 level.

  115. Standardised assessments demonstration

    MSPs invited to see assessments first-hand.

  116. Improving standardised assessments

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

  117. More support for parents

    New engagement plan to improve links between home and school.

  118. Strengthening Scottish education

    First formal report from International Council of Education Advisers.

  119. A vision for national wellbeing

    New National Performance Framework launched.

  120. More than £4 million for educational psychologists

    Funding expected to support up to 30 new trainees annually.

  121. New national school clothing grant

    Thousands to benefit from minimum £100 grant.

  122. Almost a billion pounds to fully fund childcare

    Funding package agreed in partnership with COSLA.

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

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

  124. Christmas Maths Challenge

    DFM launches festive puzzles.

  125. Teacher numbers increase

    DFM: Scottish Government investment improving education.

  126. Named person panel

    Independent advice on information sharing.

  127. New Chief Inspector of Education

    DFM confirms appointment.

  128. Scottish Education Council

    New body to take forward reform.

  129. Presumption of mainstreaming

    Consultation on guidance for mainstreaming in education launched.

  130. Improving attainment in early years

    High quality childcare improves children’s development.

  131. New visitor centre at Glenochil Prison

    Formal opening for visitor centre.

  132. Supporting children and families

    New legislation to clarify information sharing provisions.

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