Response to the Commission for Developing Scotland's Young Workforce Consultation (19th April 2013)
Chaired by Sir Ian Wood, the Commission is independent of Government and has been tasked with bringing forward a range of recommendations designed to improve young people’s transition into employment.
Briefing on the Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill (17th April 2013)
A Bill to make provision about the rights of children and young people; to make provision about investigations by the Commissioner for Children and Young People in Scotland; to make provision for and about the provision of services and support for or in relation to children and young people; to make provision for an adoption register; to make provision about children’s hearings, detention in secure accommodation and consultation on certain proposals in relation to schools; and for connected purposes.
Letter to the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning on the Post-16 Education (Scotland) Bill (8th April 2013)
Letter to Michael Russell MSP from a coalition of leading charities and independent sector children’s services providers, calling for access to university to be widended to include those with complex needs and care experience.
Submission to Scottish Parliament Education & Culture Committee on Post-16 Education (Scotland) Bill (January 2013)
Written evidence from the SCSC to the Scottish Parliament's Education and Culture Committee in response to its consultation on the Post-16 Education (Scotland) Bill.
Briefing for MSPs - Action to Support Youth Employment (10th January 2013)
A briefing for MSPs in advance of a debate in the Scottish Parliament on 10 January 2013 outlining ways to support young seeking a greater commitment by the Scottish Government to support young people with complex needs into employment.
Scottish Children's Services Coalition response to the consultation on the Children and Young People Bill (December 2012)
A time for reform - delivering the key principles for an outcomes-focussed approach to children's services (Oct 2012)
This report explores, in detail, the key principles fundamental to delivering a needs-centred approach to the commissioning of children's services, achieving the best outcomes for vulnerable young people across Scotland.
Scottish Children's Services Coalition - Ten Point Plan (April 2012)
The SCSC's Ten Point Plan for Children's Services across Scotland sets out the practical policy recommendations which, if implemented, we believe would deliver the vision of an outcomes-focussed approach to the provision of services, ensuring the needs of vulnerable young people are placed at the heart of decisions regarding their care.
Policy briefing: Delivering excellence in children’s services
This policy briefing, published at the launch of the SCSC, sets out the key principles and policy positions of the coalition which are central to delivering and maintaining high quality children’s services.
Statement on the Scottish Government legislative agenda 2011-12
The SCSC welcomes the publication of the Scottish Government’s Legislative Agenda for 2011-12.This briefing provides our response to a number of the forthcoming Bills contained within the agenda.
Response to reported fourfold increase in pupils needing extra classroom assistance (7th May 2013)
Letter to the media in response to a reported fourfold increase in those children who need extra help in the classroom due to conditions such as autism, ADHD and learning difficulties.
Response to Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill (19th April 2013)
Letter to the media in response to the Scottish Government launch of the Children and Young People Bill, calling for greater support for those with additional support needs.
Leading charities and independent sector children’s services providers call for access to university to be widened (11th April 2013)
A coalition, including the SCSC, calls for access to university to be widened to include those with complex needs and care experience in a letter to the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning.
Response to Scottish Government expansion of jobs programme (27th February 2013)
Press release on Scottish Government expansion in jobs programme.
Response to fall in youth unemployment (21st February 2013)
Letter to the media on youth unemployment and need to reach out to those with complex needs and care experience.
Call for Scottish Government to widen university access (22nd January 2013)
Letter to newspapers on the need for universities to widen access to include those with complex needs and care leavers.
Scottish Government urged to legislate to widen access to university for those with complex needs (18th January 2013)
Press release on submission to the Education and Culture Committee of the Scottish Parliament scrutinising the Post-16 Education (Scotland) Bill.
Response to youth employment debate (11th January 2013)
Letter to newspapers highlighting barriers to employment faced by disadvantaged young people.
Warning over young in care (24th April 2012)
Not enough is being done for young people in care and cuts are making matters worse.
Needs-centred approach vital, says SCSC (1st November 2011)
The SCSC calls on MSPs to ensure the needs of children are placed at the heart of children's services policy as the best way to generate optimal outcomes for vulnerable young people and to enable better support for parents and carers.
Alliance to fight care cuts - The Herald (25th July 2011)
An unprecedented coalition of private and voluntary sector groups working with children in care has been formed to fight for better services despite the financial squeeze.
'Improving children's services is a positive step' - The Herald (25th July 2011)
As local authorities wield the knife over their budgets, every council department and outside body which provides services under contract is lobbying for retention.
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