Children’s services planning
In this section you’ll find other useful resources on children’s services planning:
- The Scottish Goverment’s statutory guidance on Part 3 (Children’s Services Planning) of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014, which provides local authorities and health boards, working in partnership with other public bodies and organisations, with information and advice about good collaborative planning and how they should exercise the new functions conferred by the children’s services planning section of the Act (Part 3)
- The Scottish Government’s Realigning Children’s Services programme supports local areas to improve commissioning of children’s services, with a particular focus on data and evidence gathering and how to use this to inform strategic commissioning decisions.
- The Care Inspectorate’s model for the scrutiny of and improvement of services for children and young people. For the past couple of years, the Care Inspectorate has been using a new model for joint inspection of services for children and young people that is designed around Getting it right for every child; has a strong focus on children and young people; and joins up scrutiny.
- You can find out more about how well your area does children’s services planning on the Care Inspectorate’s website here.
Recognising, respecting and promoting the rights of children and young people is essential to achieving the Scottish Government’s ambition to make Scotland the best place in the world for a child to grow up. The Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 places new duties on the Scottish Government to promote the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and report progress to Parliament. It also requires children’s services planning to be rights based.
For more information on the UNCRC in Scotland please see the following:
The Scottish Government has also produced a handy training tool to promote greater understanding of children’s rights:
Involving your community
Here you can find some practical resources on how to involve communities, including children and young people, in the planning process:
- The Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland : 7 Golden Rules for Participation
- The Children’s Parliament helps to give children a voice
The Scottish Community Development Centre has produced some resources to encourage a values based approach to planning and evaluating work with communities.
The Glasgow Centre for Population Health explores the benefits and challenges of an assets-based approach to well-being and offers insights into doing more collaborative community planning.
Research and information on early intervention and prevention
Barriers to education and the attainment gap
CELCIS, the Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland, based at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, works to improve the wellbeing of children and young people living in and on the edges of care. They have a programme of work aimed at narrowing the educational attainment gap.
Related local election campaigns
Children in Scotland have produced a briefing for local election candidates promoting nine things local councillors can do to support better outcomes for children, young people and families in your area.