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  1. Supporting Roots

    Scottish Government recognised there was a substantial evidence base developing around the needs of birth parents and family members, however service development in Scotland in response to these needs has been limited therefore the report was designed to support best practice and service innovation.

  2. 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.

  3. National Care Service: contextual paper - easy read

    Describes the current status of social work in Scotland. It is part of a collection of papers, setting out key information about social care and related areas linked to the development of the National Care Service.

  4. Keeping The Promise to all our children, young people, adults and families

    A child friendly version of the Scottish Government's Promise Implementation Plan.

  5. Safeguarding children in the justice system

    Bill to end under-18s being placed in young offenders institutions.

  6. Children (Care and Justice) (Scotland) Bill: child rights and wellbeing impact assessment

    An assessment of the impact of the Children (Care and Justice) (Scotland) Bill on children’s rights and wellbeing.

  7. Children (Care and Justice) (Scotland) Bill: equality impact assessment

    An equality impact assessment (EQIA) for the Children (Care and Justice) (Scotland) Bill.

  8. Children (Care and Justice) (Scotland) Bill: data protection impact assessment

    A data protection impact assessment (DPIA)for the Children (Care and Justice) (Scotland) Bill.

  9. Children (Care and Justice) (Scotland) Bill: summary - easy read

    An easy-to-read summary of the key changes that the Children (Care and Justice) (Scotland) Bill makes for children and young people.

  10. Additional Support for Learning review action plan: second progress report

    Progress report from the Scottish Government and COSLA providing an update on work undertaken since November 2021 and summarising the actions to be taken to deliver the recommendations from the review of implementation of additional support for learning.

  11. Additional Support for Learning review: action plan - November 2022 update

    An updated Additional Support for Learning (ASL) action plan, setting out the progress made since November 2021, to deliver against the recommendations made by the review of implementation of additional support for learning.

  12. Scotland, the best place to grow up – making it real through rights: easy read

    Child-friendly version of the report setting out progress made in children's rights in Scotland since 2016.

  13. Embedding children's rights: position statement

    The report sets out the progress made in relation to children's rights in Scotland since 2016.

  14. National Care Service - social work: contextual paper

    Describes the current status of social work in Scotland. It is part of a collection of papers, setting out key information about social care and related areas in Scotland linked to the development of the National Care Service.

  15. No One Left Behind: equality impact assessment - update summary

    No One Left Behind is our approach to transforming employment support in Scotland. It aims to deliver a system that is more tailored and responsive to the needs of people of all ages, especially those who are disadvantaged in the labour market.

  16. Creating Hope Together - suicide prevention strategy and action plan: island communities impact assessment

    Island communities impact assessment (ICIA) for Scotland's suicide prevention strategy and action plan.

  17. Creating Hope Together - suicide prevention strategy 2022 to 2032: easy read

    Easy read version of Scotland's Suicide Prevention Strategy - Creating Hope Together - 2022 to 2025.

  18. National Care Service evidence paper: children's social services - easy read

    This easy read summary provides an 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.

  19. Education Outcomes for Looked After Children 2020/21

    Information on attainment, leaver destinations, attendance and exclusions for school leavers in Scotland who were looked after during the 2020/21 school year.

  20. Early learning and childcare - 2 year old project: data protection impact assessment

    The Data Protection Impact Assessment (DPIA) for the the regulations which will allow for a data sharing agreement in regards to funded ELC provision for 2 year-olds, between the UK Government, Scottish Government, and Scottish local authorities.

  21. Suicide prevention strategy and action plan drafts: consultation

    Consultation on drafts of a new suicide prevention strategy and action plan for Scotland.

  22. Improving outcomes for children, young people and families: review of Children’s Services Plans and strategic engagement activity

    Summary review of children’s services plans for 2020 to 2023, in line with the Children and Young Peoples (Scotland) Act 2014, statutory guidance part 3. Highlighting key strengths, areas for development and details from strategic engagement with local children’s services planning strategic leads.

  23. Helping families stay together

    Keeping the Promise.

  24. Coronavirus (COVID-19) Children and Families Collective Leadership Group - holistic family support: vision and blueprint for change

    Group vision and blueprint for change for holistic whole family support in Scotland.

  25. Improving our understanding of child poverty in rural and island Scotland: research

    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”.

  26. 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'.

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

  32. 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.

  33. 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.

  34. Children's advocacy in children's hearings - national scheme: good practice and issues arising

    Progress report on the implementation of the children's hearings advocacy provision in the first year March 2020 to March 2021.

  35. Keeping the Promise - implementation plan: fairer Scotland duty impact assessment

    Fairer Scotland duty assessment for the Keeping the Promise implementation plan.

  36. Keeping the Promise - implementation plan: children's rights and wellbeing impact assessment screening

    Child rights and wellbeing impact assessment (CRWIA) screening sheet for the Keeping the Promise implementation plan.

  37. Keeping the Promise - implementation plan: islands communities impact assessment screening

    Islands communities impact assessment (ICIA) screening for the Keeping the Promise implementation plan.

  38. Keeping the Promise - implementation plan: equalities position statement

    Equalities position statement for the Keeping the Promise implementation plan.

  39. Foster carers appeal

    Bid to increase numbers.

  40. 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.

  41. 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.

  42. 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.

  43. 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

  44. Born into care in Scotland: circumstances, recurrence and pathways

    The report was commissioned as it is important to understand more about the circumstances in which removal of babies shortly after birth takes place in Scotland, and the work undertaken with parents to prevent separation where possible, and the children’s pathways and permanence outcomes.

  45. Children's care and justice – possible changes to the law: consultation - easy read

    The Scottish Government would like your views on how we can protect and support children. This is especially those in conflict with the law.

  46. 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.

  47. Transforming the care system

    Actions to deliver The Promise by 2030.

  48. 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.

  49. Children's Care and Justice Bill - policy proposals: consultation

    This consultation covers potential legislative reforms to promote and advance the rights of children in the care and justice systems and people who have been harmed. 

  50. Children's Social Work Statistics, Scotland 2020-21

    Children's Social Work Statistics for Scotland for 2020 to 2021, including data on children and young people looked after, on the child protection register and in secure care accommodation.

  51. 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.

  52. 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.

  53. 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.

  54. 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.

  55. Historical adoption practices

    Support for women and families affected.

  56. 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.

  57. 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.

  58. 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.

  59. Helping care experienced families

    Immediate cash support announced.

  60. Redress for Survivors (Historical Child Abuse in Care) (Scotland) Act 2021 and relevant secondary legislation: human rights impact assessment

    Human Rights Impact Assessment (HRIA) for the Redress for Survivors (Historical Child Abuse in Care) (Scotland) Act 2021 and relevant secondary legislation.

  61. 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.

  62. Caring for our children and young people: corporate parenting update 2018 to 2021

    Second national report on corporate parenting by Scottish Ministers. In this 2018 to 2021 report, we provide an overview of corporate parents’ activities over the last three years, and how they have delivered their duties to support children and young people with care experience.

  63. Redress For Survivors (Historical Child Abuse In Care) (Scotland) Act 2021: statutory guidance – next of kin

    Statutory guidance for Scotland's Redress Scheme. This guidance provides further information on the process and requirements for next of kin applications.

  64. Redress For Survivors (Historical Child Abuse In Care) (Scotland) Act 2021: statutory guidance - assessment framework

    Statutory guidance for Scotland's Redress Scheme. The assessment framework will be used by Redress Scotland to assist in making determinations on redress payment levels for individually assessed applications.

  65. Redress For Survivors (Historical Child Abuse In Care) (Scotland) Act 2021: statutory guidance – evidential requirements and determinations by Redress Scotland

    Statutory guidance for Scotland's Redress Scheme. This guidance provides further information on the evidential requirements for the scheme.

  66. Redress For Survivors (Historical Child Abuse In Care) (Scotland) Act 2021: statutory guidance – reimbursement of costs and expenses

    Statutory guidance for Scotland's Redress Scheme. This guidance provides further information on the reimbursement of costs and expenses incurred in connection with an application for redress.

  67. Redress For Survivors (Historical Child Abuse In Care) (Scotland) Act 2021: statutory guidance – nominated beneficiaries

    Statutory guidance for Scotland's Redress Scheme. This guidance provides further information on nominated beneficiaries.

  68. Redress For Survivors (Historical Child Abuse In Care) (Scotland) Act 2021: statutory guidance – annual reports by Redress Scheme contributors

    Statutory guidance for Scotland's Redress Scheme. This guidance provides further information on the wider redress reporting requirements for those organisations which contribute to the scheme.

  69. Redress For Survivors (Historical Child Abuse In Care) (Scotland) Act 2021: statutory guidance – payments to children

    Statutory guidance for Scotland's Redress Scheme. This guidance provides further information on the factors to be taken in to consideration when making payments to children.

  70. Redress For Survivors (Historical Child Abuse In Care) (Scotland) Act 2021: statutory guidance – waiver, contributions and other routes to redress

    Statutory guidance for Scotland's Redress Scheme. This guidance provides further information on the waiver, the contributions element of the scheme and other routes to redress which applicants may want to consider.

  71. Redress For Survivors (Historical Child Abuse In Care) (Scotland) Act 2021: statutory guidance – payment of legal fees and related decisions made by Redress Scotland

    Statutory guidance for Scotland's Redress Scheme. This guidance provides further information on the payment of legal fees.

  72. Redress For Survivors (Historical Child Abuse In Care) (Scotland) Act 2021: statutory guidance – reviews

    Statutory guidance for Scotland's Redress Scheme. This guidance provides further information on the reviews process.

  73. Redress For Survivors (Historical Child Abuse In Care) (Scotland) Act 2021: statutory guidance – making oral representations

    Statutory guidance for Scotland's Redress Scheme. This guidance provides further information on making oral representations to Redress Scotland.

  74. Redress For Survivors (Historical Child Abuse In Care) (Scotland) Act 2021: statutory guidance - eligibility

    Statutory guidance for Scotland's Redress Scheme. This guidance provides further information on the eligibility criteria of the scheme.

  75. Redress For Survivors (Historical Child Abuse In Care) (Scotland) Act 2021: statutory guidance – applicants with convictions for serious offences

    Statutory guidance for Scotland's Redress Scheme. This guidance provides further information on the process, procedure and factors to be taken into consideration where an applicant has a relevant criminal conviction for a serious offence.

  76. Redress For Survivors (Historical Child Abuse In Care) (Scotland) Act 2021: statutory guidance – pausing, withdrawing and making more than one application

    Statutory guidance for Scotland's Redress Scheme. This guidance provides further information on when an applicant can pause, withdraw or make more than one redress application.

  77. 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.

  78. The Redress for Survivors (Historical Child Abuse in Care) (Scotland) Act 2021: financial contributions - statement of principles

    Sets out the principles the Scottish Ministers will use to assess whether an organisation is making a fair and meaningful financial contribution to Scotland's Redress Scheme.

  79. 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.

  80. 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.

  81. Redress for Survivors (Historical Child Abuse in Care) (Scotland) Act 2021 and relevant secondary legislation: fairer Scotland duty assessment

    Fairer Scotland Duty Assessment (FSD) for the Redress for Survivors (Historical Child Abuse in Care) (Scotland) Act 2021 and relevant secondary legislation.

  82. Redress for Survivors (Historical Child Abuse in Care) (Scotland) Act 2021 and relevant secondary legislation: children's rights and wellbeing impact assessment

    Children's Rights and Wellbeing Impact Assessment (CRWIA) for the Redress for Survivors (Historical Child Abuse in Care) (Scotland) Act 2021 and relevant secondary legislation.

  83. The Redress for Survivors (Historical Child Abuse in Care) (Scotland) Act 2021 and relevant secondary legislation: Equality Impact Assessment

    Equality Impact Assessment (EQIA) for the Redress for Survivors (Historical Child Abuse in Care) (Scotland) Act 2021 and relevant secondary legislation.

  84. Redress for Survivors (Historical Child Abuse in Care) (Scotland) Act 2021 and relevant secondary legislation: human rights impact assessment

    Human Rights Impact Assessment (HRIA) for the Redress for Survivors (Historical Child Abuse in Care) (Scotland) Act 2021 and relevant secondary legislation.

  85. Redress for Survivors (Historical Child Abuse in Care) (Scotland) Act 2021 and relevant secondary legislation: data protection impact assessment - legislative

    Data Protection Impact Assessment (DPIA) for the Redress for Survivors (Historical Child Abuse in Care) (Scotland) Act 2021 and relevant secondary legislation.

  86. The Redress for Survivors (Historical Child Abuse in Care) (Scotland) Act 2021 and relevant secondary legislation: BRIA

    Business and regulatory impact assessment (BRIA) for the Redress for Survivors (Historical Child Abuse in Care) (Scotland) Act 2021 and relevant secondary legislation.

  87. 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.

  88. 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.

  89. Keeping families together

    Reducing the number of children in care.

  90. 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.

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

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

  92. 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.

  93. 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.

  94. 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.

  95. 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.

  96. Keeping brothers and sisters together

    New rules to protect sibling relationships for children in care.

  97. The Special Restrictions on Adoptions from Nigeria (Scotland) Order 2021: FSD Assessment

    A special restriction on intercountry adoptions from Nigeria has been implemented due to significant child safeguarding concerns about practices and procedures in the Nigerian intercountry adoption system.

  98. The Special Restrictions on Adoptions from Nigeria (Scotland) Order 2021: EQIA Results

    A special restriction on intercountry adoptions from Nigeria has been implemented due to significant child safeguarding concerns about practices and procedures in the Nigerian intercountry adoption system.

  99. The Special Restrictions on Adoptions from Nigeria (Scotland) Order 2021: CRWIA 3

    A special restriction on intercountry adoptions from Nigeria has been implemented due to significant child safeguarding concerns about practices and procedures in the Nigerian intercountry adoption system.

  100. The Special Restrictions on Adoptions from Nigeria (Scotland) Order 2021: CRWIA 1

    A special restriction on intercountry adoptions from Nigeria has been implemented due to significant child safeguarding concerns about practices and procedures in the Nigerian intercountry adoption system.

  101. Driving change in the ‘care system’

    Launch of The Promise Partnership Fund.

  102. Climate Change - Net Zero Nation: draft public engagement strategy - consultation

    This draft public engagement strategy sets out our overarching framework for engaging the people of Scotland in the transition to a net zero nation which is prepared for the effects of our changing climate.

  103. Education Outcomes for Looked After Children, 2018-19

    An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland

  104. £11.6 million for looked after children

    Funding provided for targeted projects.

  105. 600 adoption matches made

    Milestone reached as adoption support website launched.

  106. Care experienced young people have their voices heard

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

  107. Greater protection for care leavers welcomed

    Measures on preventing homelessness.

  108. Further support for looked after children

    Funding provided for targeted programmes.

  109. Child trafficking guardians: consultation

    A consultation on the implementation of Section 11 of the Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Scotland) Act 2015: the appointment and role of independent child trafficking guardians.

  110. Families and community learning

    Funding to improve the lives of children and young people.

  111. Children's social work statistics 2017-2018

    The latest data on children and young people looked after, on the child protection register and in secure care.

  112. Continuing Care (Scotland) Amendment Order 2019: consultation analysis

    Summary of responses to our consultation on the Continuing Care (Scotland) Amendment Order 2019 made under the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014.

  113. Continuing Care (Scotland) Amendment Order 2019: consultation

    Consultation on the draft of The Continuing Care (Scotland) Amendment Order 2019 which will increase the higher age limit for persons eligible for continuing care from twenty to twenty-one years of age from April 2019.

  114. Improving support for children and carers

    Review Group’s recommendations welcomed.

  115. Young people take on mental health

    Commission to research services for children and adolescents.

  116. Continuing Care (Scotland) Amendment Order 2018: consultation

    Consultation on the draft of the Continuing Care (Scotland) Amendment Order 2018.

  117. Unaccompanied child refugees

    Joint letter to UK Minister for Immigration.

  118. Looked after children: education outcomes 2015-2016

    Report on the attainment and post-school destinations of looked after children.

  119. Launch of independent Care Review

    Members appointed to improve life for young people in care.

  120. Children's social work statistics Scotland 2015-2016

    The latest data on children and young people looked after, on the child protection register and in secure care.

  121. Children's Social Work Statistics 2015-16

    A National Statistics Publication for Scotland.

  122. Foster care: glossary of placement descriptions

    National placement descriptors for care planning, as created by the Foster Care Review Implementation short life working group.

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