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                            PREFACE
CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE (SCOTLAND) ACT 2014
INTERPRETATION OF FREQUENTLY USED TERMS
INTRODUCTION
SECTION 7: INTRODUCTORY
SECTION 8: REQUIREMENT TO PREPARE CHILDREN’S SERVICES PLANS
SECTION 9: AIMS OF CHILDREN’S SERVICES PLANS
SECTION 10: CHILDREN’S SERVICES PLAN – PROCESS
SECTION 11: CHILDREN’S SERVICES PLAN – REVIEW
SECTION 12: IMPLEMENTATION OF CHILDREN’S SERVICES PLAN
SECTION 13: REPORTING ON CHILDREN’S SERVICES PLAN
SECTION 14: ASSISTANCE IN RELATION TO CHILDREN’S SERVICES PLANNING
SECTION 15: GUIDANCE IN RELATION TO CHILDREN’S SERVICES PLANNING
SECTION 16: DIRECTIONS IN RELATION TO CHILDREN’S SERVICES PLANNING
SECTION 17: CHILDREN’S SERVICES PLANNING – DEFAULT POWERS OF SCOTTISH MINISTERS
ENFORCEMENT OF PART 3
LINKS WITH OTHER STATUTORY PLANS AND REPORTS
APPENDIX A: FURTHER LEGISLATIVE AND POLICY CONTEXT
APPENDIX B: PART 3 DUTIES BY PERSON(S) AND ORGANISATION
                        
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CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE
(SCOTLAND) ACT 2014:
Statutory Guidance on Part 3:
Children’s Services Planning

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CONTENTS


PREFACE ........................................................................................................................................... 1

CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE (SCOTLAND) ACT 2014 ........................................................... 4

INTERPRETATION OF FREQUENTLY USED TERMS ..................................................................... 5

INTRODUCTION ................................................................................................................................. 8

SECTION 7: INTRODUCTORY ........................................................................................................ 12

SECTION 8: REQUIREMENT TO PREPARE CHILDREN’S SERVICES PLANS ........................... 15

SECTION 9: AIMS OF CHILDREN’S SERVICES PLANS ............................................................... 23

SECTION 10: CHILDREN’S SERVICES PLAN – PROCESS .......................................................... 35

SECTION 11: CHILDREN’S SERVICES PLAN – REVIEW ............................................................. 47

SECTION 12: IMPLEMENTATION OF CHILDREN’S SERVICES PLAN ........................................ 49

SECTION 13: REPORTING ON CHILDREN’S SERVICES PLAN ................................................... 50

SECTION 14: ASSISTANCE IN RELATION TO CHILDREN’S SERVICES PLANNING ................. 55

SECTION 15: GUIDANCE IN RELATION TO CHILDREN’S SERVICES PLANNING ..................... 58

SECTION 16: DIRECTIONS IN RELATION TO CHILDREN’S SERVICES PLANNING.................. 59

SECTION 17: CHILDREN’S SERVICES PLANNING – DEFAULT POWERS OF SCOTTISH

MINISTERS ....................................................................................................................................... 60

ENFORCEMENT OF PART 3 ........................................................................................................... 62

LINKS WITH OTHER STATUTORY PLANS AND REPORTS ......................................................... 63

APPENDIX A: FURTHER LEGISLATIVE AND POLICY CONTEXT ................................................ 79

APPENDIX B: PART 3 DUTIES BY PERSON(S) AND ORGANISATION ....................................... 86

APPENDIX C: STATUTORY PLANNING AND REPORTING REQUIREMENTS ............................ 87

APPENDIX D: CARE INSPECTORATE’S 10 STEPS TO SUCCESSFUL CHILDREN’S SERVICES

PLANNING ...................................................................................................................................... 101

APPENDIX E: FURTHER INFORMATION AND GUIDANCE ........................................................ 105

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that process was framed as a continuous performance review, with progress in

achieving the plan’s aims being measured and assessed, it would act,

simultaneously, as the process for preparing an annual report. Moreover, the

published annual report would facilitate engagement with service users and key

stakeholders, the feedback from whom could inform whether changes were

needed to the plan itself. This cycle, with robust, evidence-based assessments

of progress feeding into on-going decision making, is a core component of

strategic commissioning.



Outcomes set by Scottish Ministers



137. Under section 13(1)(b)(ii), Scottish Ministers have the power to prescribe, by

order, specific outcomes (in relation to the wellbeing of children) which local

authorities and the relevant health board will have to report on, as part of their

Children’s Services Plan report.



138. At the time of this document’s publication, no such order has been made in

relation to children’s services planning. However, in selecting local outcomes

for inclusion in Children’s Services Plans (and associated annual reports),

reference could be made to the Local Outcomes Improvement Plan and the

National Improvement Framework for Scottish Education.



Links to other reports



139. For guidance on how the Children’s Services Plan annual report might be

aligned with other statutory reports, please refer to the chapter “Links with other

statutory plans and reports” below.



Role of other service providers in reporting



140. The duty to prepare and publish a Children’s Services Plan annual report sits

exclusively with the local authority and its relevant health board. The role of

“other service providers” in this process is likely to be as a source of information

about the delivery and performance of the children’s or related services they

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