Consultation: Children’s Services Planning: Provision of Statutory Guidance

Closed 17 Jun 2019

Opened 25 Mar 2019

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The Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 set out reforms to the way services for children and young people are designed, delivered and reviewed. As part of the Act, the Scottish Government provided statutory guidance on Part 3, Children’s Services Planning. The duties placed on Local Authorities and Health Boards under this part of the Act included provision of a "Children's Services Plan" be prepared and in place by 1 April 2017.

Local Authorities and Health Boards submitted 3 year plans in 2017, “year one” progress reports during 2018 and will begin the process of planning and collation for the 3 yearly update in advance of the next submition date of March 2020.

The Director, Children and Families and Chief Social Work Advisor have embarked on a program of strategic engagement with all Community Planning Partnerships to discuss the content of the year one reports and learn about local activity being taken to support the aims and ambitions of the Act.

During discussions, the provision and content of the statutory guidance has arisen with the majority of comments being that this is effective and helpful. However, in advance of partners beginning to plan, collate and draft the year 3 reports it is felt that this is an opportune time to formally consult with wider partners on whether the content, scope and format of the statutory guidance is still fit for purpose or whether this should be modified or improved.

Why We Are Consulting

To test whether the exsisting Statutary Guidance provided is still relevent, helpful and fit for purpose and to see whether this needs to be adapted, changed or improved.

Read the consultation paper.

What Happens Next

Following the consultation period, responses will be collated and analysed. Advice and proposals will be provided to the Minister for Children and Young People to consider any further actions that may be required.


  • Children and Families
  • Education
  • Health and Social Care
  • Work and Skills