Children's services planning: guidance

Updated guidance (2020) for local authorities and health boards on exercising the functions conferred by Part 3 of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014.

Section 15: Guidance in Relation to Children’s Services Planning 

142. A local authority, relevant health board and “other service provider” (as defined in section 7(1)) must have regard to any guidance issued by Scottish Ministers about children’s services planning. Guidance may relate to any of the functions conferred by Part 3 (other than the function of complying with section 12).

143. Before issuing or revising guidance, Scottish Ministers must consult with any person or organisation to which it relates (i.e. local authorities, health boards, etc.) and any other persons they consider appropriate. 

144. This guidance document (Statutory Guidance on Part 3) is issued under section 15 of the Act. Every local authority, territorial health board and “other service provider” must have regard to it. 


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