Best place to grow up

Aileen Campbell MSP“This Government’s vision for children and young people is clear: We want Scotland to be the best place in the world for them to grow up. A place where rights are respected and where children can access all the opportunities and support they need, when they need it.”

Minister for Children and Young People, Aileen Campbell

Children's legislation

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Scottish ParliamentLetter outlining implementation of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014

Setting out the Scottish Government’s overarching plans for taking forward implementation of the Act.
Read the letter outlining implementation of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014

Children and Young People Bill becomes an Act

The Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 received Royal Assent on 27 March 2014.
See the Act as enacted
Read more about the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act

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The Act includes provisions that will:
  • From August 2014 increase the amount and flexibility of free Early Learning and Childcare from 475 to a minimum of 600 hours per year for 3 and 4 year olds, and 15% of Scotland’s most vulnerable 2 year olds. From August 2015 this will extend to 27% of the most vulnerable 2 year olds;
  • Provide Free School Lunches to all children in primary 1–3 by January 2015;
  • Ensure better permanence planning for looked after children by giving all 16 year olds in care the right to stay in care until the age of 21 from 2015; extend the support available to young people leaving care for longer (up to the age of 26), and support the parenting role of kinship carers;
  • Enshrine elements of the Getting it Right for Every Child (GIRFEC) approach in law, ensuring there is a single planning approach for children who need additional support from services, providing a single point of contact for every child and providing a holistic understanding of wellbeing;
  • Create new duties in relation to the UNCRC and strengthen the Children’s Commissioner role; and
  • Strengthen existing legislation that affects children, including a number of amendments to the process for school closure proposals under the Schools (Consultation) (Scotland) Act 2010.

More about the Act

  • About the Act

    Details of what's proposed in the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014

  • Impact of the Act

    Documents setting out the impact of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014