Overview June 2017

Health and Social Care Standards

New health and social care standards were launched in June 2017. The over arching standards will cover all health and social care settings, including early years settings and children’s services. Read more about the Standards  



The Children and Young People (Information Sharing) (Scotland) Bill was presented to Parliament on Monday 19 June 2017 and published on Tuesday 20 June.

You can read the Bill and accompanying documents, along with relevant impact assessments of the Bill here.

This also includes:

  • an illustrative draft of Parts 4 and 5 of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 (“the 2014 Act”), applying the proposed changes, and
  • an illustrative draft Code of Practice in relation to information sharing under Parts 4 and 5, the final version of which will be mandatory when these Parts of the Act are commenced.

What does the Bill do?

The Children and Young People (Information Sharing) (Scotland) Bill will introduce a duty on public bodies and other organisations with duties under Parts 4 and 5 of the  2014 Act to consider if the sharing of information will promote, support or safeguard the wellbeing of a child or young person. It will also ensure that the sharing is compatible with current law and further introduce a Code of Practice that will provide additional safeguards in relation to information sharing under these parts of the 2014 Act.

The Bill specifically makes changes to the information sharing provisions in Part 4 of the 2014 Act in response to the Supreme Court’s finding and takes account of the outcome of the intensive engagement with stakeholders which took place in 2016. The Bill also makes changes to Part 5 of the 2014 Act in order to keep the information sharing provisions of Parts 4 and 5 in alignment.

Child Poverty (Scotland) Bill

A Bill to set targets relating to the eradication of child poverty; and to make provision about plans and reports relating to the targets.

Read the Children in Scotland briefing

Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Bill

A new bill to strengthen the laws against those who psychologically abuse their partners using coercive and controlling behaviour.

Proposed Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Bill

John Finnie MSP has launched a consultation on a proposed Bill on Equal Protection for children and young people. The Bill aims to remove the legal defence of "justifiable assault", bringing Scotland in line with UNCRC recommendations and with most other European countries.

Proposed Seat Belts on School Transport (Scotland) Bill

Gillian Martin has introduced a Members Bill to require that school transport (transport provided to take children to and from school) are fitted with seat belts.


Equally Safe

A Consultation on the draft Delivery Plan for Equally Safe: Scotland’s Strategy for preventing and eradicating violence against women and girls

In 2016 Scottish Government published a revised version of Equally Safe, Scotland's strategy to eradicate violence against women and girls. The strategy envisions a Scotland where all individuals are equally safe and respected, and where women and girls live free from all forms of violence and abuse - and the attitudes that help perpetuate it.

This consultation is on the delivery plan, which sets out the actions undertaken by Scottish Government, COSLA and key partners to make Equally Safe a reality.

Scotland’s Ten Year Strategy for Learning Provision for Children and Young People with Complex Additional Support Needs

Scotland’s Strategy for the Learning Provision for Children and Young People with Complex Additional Support Needs 2017-20206 looks at how to support improved outcomes for children and young people with complex additional support needs with particular focus on the provision of education. Children and young people with complex additional support needs require a high level of resourcing and specialist input, and so,Scottish education requires a particular strategy to ensure that the needs of this group are met. This strategy sets out how this will be addressed over the next decade.