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

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Scottish ParliamentChildren and Young People Bill passed

The Parliament debated and passed the Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill on 19 February 2014.
Read the news release on the Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill
Read more about the Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill

Progress of the Bill

Stage Two

The Education and Culture Committee held four Stage 2 sessions between 17 December 2013 and 21 January 2014.

  • On 17 December they debated Parts 1 to 3 of the Bill.
  • On 7 January they debated Parts 4 and 5 of the Bill.
  • On 14 January they debated Parts 6 to 11 of the Bill.
  • On 21 January they debated the remainder of the Bill.

View the Official Reports and list of amendments debated

Stage 1 Report and Debate

The Education and Culture Committee published its Stage 1 report on the Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill on 14 November 2013. The Scottish Government’s response to the report was published on 29 November.
Read the Stage 1 report on the Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill
Read the Scottish Government response to the Stage 1 report

The Parliament debated the Bill at Stage 1 on 21 November 2013.
Read the official report to the debate

Stage one

The Committee issued a call for written evidence on 8 May 2013 with a deadline of 26 July 2013.
Read the written submissions received by the Education and Culture committee

The Committee took oral evidence on the key themes of the Bill as follows:

8 October 2013

The Committee took evidence on the Bill from the Minister for Children and Young People, Aileen Campbell MSP.
View the official report

1 October 2013

The Committee considered issues relating to civil liberties and rights.
View the official report

24 September 2013

The Committee considered issues relating to the support for kinship carers.
View the official report

17 September 2013

The Committee considered the provision of early learning and childcare, followed by the implications of the proposals for a Named Person.
View the official report

10 September 2013

The Committee considered the perspectives of children and parents on the main provisions of the Bill.
View the official report

3 September 2013

The Committee considered the Bill’s key principles and workability.
View the official report

25 June 2013

Officials gave public evidence before the Committee.
View the official report

Other Committees

The Local Government and Regeneration Committee took oral evidence on Children’s Services Planning (Part 3 of the Bill) on 4 September 2013.
Read the official report of the discussion

The Finance Committee took oral evidence on the financial implications of the Bill on 18 September 2013.
Read the report of the discussion
Read the Financial Memorandum of the Bill from the Finance Committee

At its meetings on 10 September 2013 and 1 October 2013 the Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee considered the delegated powers provisions in the Bill.
Read the report the Committee submitted to the lead Committee

Introduction of the Children and Young People Bill to Parliament

The Children and Young People Bill was introduced to Parliament on 17 April 2013.

More on this topic

  • About the Bill

    Details of what's proposed in the Children and Young People Bill

  • Impact of the Bill

    Documents setting out the impact of the Children and Young People Bill