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Policy resources

Children in Scotland produces a range of policy briefings for members on policy and legislative issues affecting children, young people and their families. Below is a list of our most recent briefings and reports.

Members' Briefing: Draft Budget 2016/17 Stage One Debate (February 2016)

The Scottish Government's Draft Budget 2016/17 was approved at Stage one on 3 Februrary. This briefing provides an overview of the Stage One Debate, focusing on the impact of the Budget on children, young people and families.

Members’ Briefing: National Improvement Framework for Scottish Education (December 2015)

We support fully the aims of the Framework and want to support its success. However, we believe the proposals need modification and we offer ten recommendations in support of its aims.

Members’ Briefing: Beyond 4 Walls (December 2015)

The Beyond4Walls (B4W) youth research project - run in partnership with Wheatley Group, the Poverty Alliance and Children in Scotland - involved a group of young people aged 14-21 from across Glasgow coming together to discuss and explore housing, economic and community issues in Scotland. 

A Position Paper "We Stand for Children" on the 2015 Refugee Crisis (September 2015)

This paper sets out Children in Scotland's position on the refugee crisis. Along with our sister organisations throughout the UK, we stand united in our concern about the crisis, and particularly the impact on children and young people. It is our view that we must bear witness, raise awareness and sustain support for those who arrive on our shores, and stand in solidarity with those who do not. 

Member's Briefing on the Scottish Government's Consultation on the Lobbying and Transparency Bill (August 2015)

This briefing paper outlines some of the detail about the Scottish Government Consultation on the Lobbying and Transparency Bill and the key points that Children in Scotland raised in response to this consultaion. 

Member's Briefing on the Education and Culture Committee's call for written submissions on the Education (Scotland) Bill 2015 (June 2015)

Children in Scotland welcomed the opportunity to offer comments to the Committee’s call for evidence.

Members’ Briefing: Reducing Health Inequalities in the Early Years (April 2015)

One of Children in Scotland’s current policy projects is DRIVERS, a European programme aimed at promoting health equity through policy and practice in early childhood development, employment and working conditions, and income and social protection. 

Member's Briefing on the UK Government Consultation on proposed legal duties to prevent people being drawn into terrorism (January 2015)

Children in Scotland members may wish to be aware of this UK Government consultation and our views on what is being proposed, which is also intended to apply to authorities and agencies in Scotland.

Briefing on Out of School Care in Scotland (January 2015)

This briefing paper covers Children in Scotland's response to the Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill Stage 3 and Neil Bibby MSP's amendment 175, which provide Ministers with an enabling power to specify a minimum amount of out of school care when resources allow.  

Members' Briefing: Recommendations of the Smith Commission (November 2014)

A briefing note providing a summary of the recommendations from the Commission chaired by Lord Smith of Kelvin on further devolution of powers to the Scottish Parliament.