The right help at the right time in the right place: strategy for the learning provision for children and young people with complex additional support needs 2017-2026

This ten year strategy sits within the context of our other policies and strategies to improve the learning outcomes for children and young people with complex additional support needs living in Scotland.

Children’s Rights

We want Scotland to be the best place in the World to grow up.  To fulfil this ambition we must promote a positive culture for our children.  One where they are welcomed, nurtured, listened to, and have their views heard and their rights protected.  Children must be given every opportunity to fulfil their potential.

The views of children and young people are central to the support that they receive.  All children should have the opportunity to have their views listened to and taken into consideration.  Changes to the Additional Support for Learning Act 2004 enshrined in the rights of children aged 12-15 into legislation and provide that they must be given the opportunity to have their voice heard and be involved in decisions about their education.

These rights are balanced by safeguards and supported by a children’s service which helps children to access information, advice and support at every stage.  The service – My Rights, My Say[17] provides support to children and seeks to create an environment where all children, including those with complex needs can be informed and included in the support that they are receiving to achieve their fullest potential.



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