Scotland's Ten Year Strategy for the Learning Provision for Children and Young People with Complex Additional Support Needs 2017-2026

Closed 28 Aug 2017

Opened 5 Jun 2017

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Scotland’s Strategy for the Learning Provision for Children and Young People with Complex Additional Support Needs 2017-20206 aims to support improved outcomes for children and young people with complex additional support needs through strategic commissioning of national services; with particular focus on the provision of education. This strategy is based on recommendations made in the Doran Review published in November 2012. While this strategy also recognises the critical role played by social services and health in supporting educational outcomes, the strategy is set within the context of The Additional Support for Learning Act 2004. 

The National Improvement Framework and Curriculum for Excellence apply to all children and young people including those with complex additional support needs. Given that these needs are of relatively low incidence and attract a high level of resourcing and require specialist input, Scottish education requires a particular strategy to ensure that the needs of this group are met. This strategy sets out how this will be addressed over the next decade.

Why your views matter

The aims of the consultation on the proposed strategy are:

- Gain feedback from the wider stakeholder group including professionals and parents/carers on whether the overall strategy is robust and will support the delivery of the aims and objectives.

- To gather views/opinions on how the strategy can build capacity - especially around identification of the types of services/provision that are needed to build capacity.

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What happens next

Where respondents have given permission for their response to be made public, and
after we have checked that they contain no potentially defamatory material,
responses will be made available to the public at If you use Citizen Space to respond, you will receive a copy of your response via email.

Following the closing date, all responses will be analysed and considered along with
any other available evidence to help us. We aim to issue a report on the consultation process in October 2017, if not before.


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  • Education
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  • Health and Social Care