The aim of this Child Rights and Wellbeing Impact Assessment (CRWIA) is to identify, research, analyse and record the anticipated impact of the South of Scotland Enterprise (SOSE) Bill on children's human rights and wellbeing in Scotland.
The aim of the Bill is to create a new non-departmental public body to meet the enterprise and skills needs of the south of Scotland, defined as the local authority areas of Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders.
SOSE will have a key role in supporting inclusive growth and fair work in the region, ensuring an approach tailored to the region's challenges and opportunities and recognising the region's distinctiveness. It is an opportunity to address exclusion, responding to the barriers preventing people participating in the economy, so they can enjoy inclusive growth and access opportunities.
Overarching policy aims for SOSE were developed in consultation with stakeholders and focus on three overarching aims:
1. maximising the area's contribution to Scotland's inclusive growth, supporting a diverse and resilient economy;
2. sustaining and growing communities – building and strengthening communities with joined up economic and community support; and
3. harnessing the potential of people and resources – developing skills, promoting assets and resources and maximising the impact of investment in the area.
The CRWIA has been informed by engagement with a range of stakeholders, including Scottish Government policy leads and various equality and youth organisations, including the Equality & Human Rights Commission in Scotland.
We also carried out a public consultation from March to June 2018. As the issue of young people leaving the South of Scotland was raised in previous stakeholder engagement, we asked for comments on things SOSE could do to meet the interests of children and young people. As part of the consultation process, South of Scotland Economic Partnership, the interim arrangement established by Government in advance of the new agency, facilitated a series of 26 engagement events across the south of Scotland, ensuring that stakeholders from all across the region would have the opportunity to hear about the proposals for SOSE and contribute their ideas in person.
A large majority of respondents to the online consultation, and 21 out of 26 consultation events, raised issues relating to retaining and attracting young people to the South of Scotland.
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