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Getting it right for every child implementation plan, 22/06/06 [S]

Scottish Executive implementation plan for the Getting it Right for Every Child proposals. The consultations for Getting it Right for Every Child were completed in September 2005. The proposals aims to improve the delivery of children's services and the effectiveness of the Children's Hearings System.

With regards to legislation, the Scottish Executive are aiming to consult on a draft bill in Autumn 2006 and for this bill to be with Parliament in 2007. The bill would be fully implemented by 2010. The bill will:

  • place a duty on agencies to share information to protect children at risk;
  • place a duty on agencies to be alert to the needs of children and to act to improve a child's situation;
  • place a duty on agencies to co-operate with each other in meeting the needs of children and to establish local co-ordination and monitoring mechanisms;
  • require agencies involved to agree an action plan and keep it under review where a child's needs are complex or serious;
  • require referral to the Children's Hearings system to meet two tests: significant needs and a need for compulsion.

The Scottish Executive is also developing national practice tools, training materials and guidance and will have an IT solution for information sharing available by April 2007. The proposal in Getting it Right for Every Child proposals are being piloted in Inverness. An information pack for parents in dealing with their children where offending behaviour is an issue is also being developed.

The document also states that the Executive will work closely with community groups, and families and children to ensure their views are taken into account in the process.

For full details see the document, Getting It Right For Every Child: Implementation Plan, which is available on the Scottish Executive website.

Further information

Getting It Right For Every Child: Implementation Plan