Consultation on proposal for a Cyber Resilience Strategy for Scotland

This consultation takes forward our commitment to building cyber resilience amongst our communities, our businesses and our public services. It seeks views from individuals and organisations, across sectors, on how Scotland can become even more resilient from cyber attacks and crime when using online technologies. It has been produced by the Scottish Government, with input from a wide range of partners across the public and private sectors.

Responses should reach us by 28 August 2015. Earlier responses would be welcome.

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Consultation to ensure services work for families

Scottish Government is running a 12-week consultation on the draft statutory guidance for parts 4, 5 and 18 of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014. These are the parts of the Act that cover Named Person, Child's Plan and wellbeing. 

The consultation will run until 1 May 2015. 

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WithScotland - What Do You Think? 

We are currently evaluating all the resources and services that we offer and are really keen to hear your views. The responses to this survey will help evaluate what we can do better, and help shape the resources and services we could offer in the future. We would be grateful to have your completed surveys by Friday 29th August 2014.

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Scottish Government National Guidance for Child Protection
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The consultation for the National Guidance for Child Protection in Scotland is now closed and the Steering Group, chaired by Beth Smith, Director of WithScotland, is currently considering all responses.

This ‘refresh’ is not a full scale review but an opportunity to revisit identified areas 

of the Guidance to ensure it remains relevant and that the various links and publications signposted within the guidance are still appropriate. There may also be new areas for insertion.

For further information please refer to FAQ’s.

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Adult Support & Protection Code of Practice

Scottish Government is consulting on a revised Adult Support & Protection Code of Practice. The revised Code of Practice reflects changes to practice and case law not available to those drafting the original guidance.

This consultation is seeking views on the revised Adult Support and Protection Code of Practice. This revised Code of Practice is to replace the Code of Practice published in 2008. The review of the Code was undertaken in two stages. The first stage was to consult on the original use of the Code by the field, and the second stage was to review the Code informed by the findings of stage 1. The revised Code of Practice is a larger and more comprehensive document than the original Code and we welcome your views on any of the changes made.

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Redesigning Health Information for Parents (ReHIP) - Gathering parent perspectives

NHS Health Scotland is undertaking a project to improve the information it provides to parents and carers. As part of this project they are seeking the views of parents and carers on some of the resources available during pregnancy and the toddler years.

NHS Health Scotland are interested in your views on how they might improve the content, format and distribution of:

  • - Ready Steady Baby!  
  • - Ready Steady Toddler!  
  • - Young Parent Survival Guide  
  • - The CHANGE resources for parents with learning disabilities

They would also like to hear what health and parenting topics you need to know about.

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Creating a Healthier Scotland

The Scottish Government is inviting views on what a healthier Scotland should look like in the next 10-15 years and the steps that should be taken to make this vision a reality. From August 2015 to April 2016 they will hold a national conversation on health and health and social care services in Scotland.

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‘Read On Get On’ campaign petition

In advance of the Scottish Parliament elections in May, the Read On. Get On. Coalition is calling for all political parties to make a manifesto commitment to ensure every child is reading well by the end of primary school, and to make this happen by 2025.  The Read on Get On mission is to make sure that by 2025, every child is a confident reader by the age of 11. Reading well is vital for every child's future; it helps them do better at school and in life.

But nearly one in five children from poorer families in Scotland leaves primary school unable to read well, compared to one in 15 pupils from more affluent families. 

The Read on Get on campaign aims to bring everyone together - parents, grandparents, nursery staff and teachers, businesses, celebrities, media and the government to make this happen. Committing to this goal would publicly demonstrate that ambitious and decisive action is being taken to boost the life chances of thousands of children living in poverty in Scotland. You can show your support for the campaign via this petition.

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Minimum Age of Criminal Responsibility

Together are a part of the Independent Advisory Group that has recently released its report on the minimum age of criminal responsibility in Scotland. The key recommendation is that the age of criminal responsibility should be raised from 8 to 12 years as soon as possible. A Scottish Government consultation is now open on whether to raise the age of criminal responsibility to 12.  

The age of criminal responsibility is a significant and complex policy area, which raises sensitivities due to the potential for rare, serious cases involving young children. Children under 12 cannot be prosecuted in court in Scotland, but those aged 8 and over can be referred to the children's hearings system on offence grounds.

The Scottish Government established an Advisory Group in Autumn 2015 (of which Together's Director is a member) to give detailed consideration to the issues and implications associated with the minimum age of criminal responsibility, and to make sure they could be properly addressed in advance of a consultation. That Group's role has been to consider the implications of raising the minimum age of criminal responsibility from 8 to 12 and to produce a report which will form the basis of this consultation.

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CYP Act 2014 guidance for Part 1 and Part 3

This consultation seeks views on the Children and Young People Act 2014 guidance for Part 1 (rights reporting) and Part 3 (Children's Services Planning).

The Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 was passed by the Scottish Parliament on 19 February 2014, and received Royal Assent on 27 March 2014. The legislation is a key part of the Scottish Government's strategy for making Scotland the best place to grow up. By facilitating a shift in public services towards the early years of a child's life, and towards early intervention whenever a family of young person needs help, the legislation encourages preventative measures, rather than crises responses. Underpinned by the Scottish Government's commitment to the UNCRC and the national children's services improvement programme, Getting It Right For Every Child (GIRFEC), the Act also establishes the new legal framework within which services are to work together in support of children, young people and families.

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