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The Children and Young People (Information Sharing)(Scotland) Bill – Call for Evidence

Type: News Item Date Published: 21st July 2017

The Getting to Know GIRFEC Team at the ALLIANCE will be holding a meeting on Monday 21st August at ALLIANCE Offices to discuss the Children and Young People (Information Sharing) (Scotland) Bill and associated illustrative draft Code of Practice. As you may know, this Bill has been put forward by the Scottish Government in response to last year’s ruling by the Supreme Court on sharing information connected with the Named Person service.

The Getting to Know GIRFEC Team at the ALLIANCE will be holding a meeting on Monday 21st August at ALLIANCE Offices to discuss the Children and Young People (Information Sharing) (Scotland) Bill and associated illustrative draft Code of Practice. As you may know, this Bill has been put forward by the Scottish Government in response to last year’s ruling by the Supreme Court on sharing information connected with the Named Person service.

You may be aware that the Bill and illustrative draft Code of Practice were published on Tuesday 20th June. You can read these and the accompanying documents at the Scottish Government website.

The Scottish Parliament has issued a call for evidence in relation to the Bill and a call for views on the illustrative draft Code of Practice using a short survey. The call for evidence and survey on the illustrative draft Code of Practice can be found on the Scottish Parliament’s website. See link here under ‘Evidence’.

The call for evidence closes at 5pm on 25th August 2017.The Parliament have indicated that it appreciates that this consultation is taking place over the summer holidays and so it is amenable to accepting requests for comments to be submitted after the deadline. Further information can be found on the Parliament’s website.

The meeting on 21st August will start at 10am with a representative from the Scottish Government Getting it right for every child team, who will make a presentation on the Bill and draft Code of Practice and will facilitate a question and answer session.

A light sandwich lunch will be served at 12pm, and from 12.30pm – approximately 2pm the ALLIANCE would like to facilitate a discussion with members/colleagues/parents only to gather our views to generate a response from the ALLIANCE. This session is optional, however we really do value your views so if you can attend please do.

The ALLIANCE may submit evidence to the Education and Skills Committee following this discussion. Representatives from other organisations may find the discussion helpful to forming their own organisation’s response.

Because it is important to gather the views of parents and young people, you are invited to consider asking a parent or young person your organisation supports to accompany you to the meeting.

We apologise for the short notice but we hope that you or someone from your organisation will be able to take part in this discussion session. Please register your place here, and contact Sarah Wardrop to let her know if a parent or young person will also take part. Please also advise of any dietary or accessibility requirements prior to the meeting.

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