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Children and Young People Act passed 20/02/2014 The Scottish Parliament has passed the Children and Young People Act, which is designed to provide greater support for children and families.

Children and Young People Bill passed

The Scottish Parliament has passed the Children and Young People Bill, which is designed to provide greater support for children and families.

Provisions in the new Act will result in:

  • More funded, flexible early learning and childcare of at least 600 hours a year for three- and four-year-olds and the most vulnerable two year olds
  • From April 2015, teenagers in residential, foster or kinship care who turn 16 gaining new rights to remain ‘looked-after’ up to the age of 21, as well as extended entitlement to aftercare up to their 26th birthday.
  • New duties placed on Ministers and the wider public sector to promote children’s rights, as well increased powers given to Scotland’s Children’s Commissioner.
  • Kinship carers gaining enhanced legal entitlements to assistance.
  • Scotland’s National Adoption Register placed in statute, improving prospects for finding homes for vulnerable young children.
  • Improved provision of advice and help when needed for children and families from early years to adulthood, including providing a ‘named person’ for each child – usually their health visitor or head/senior teacher – available as a single point of contact.

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