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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.

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.

Members' Briefing: Scottish Government's Programme 2014-15 (November 2014)

A briefing on the Programme for Government for 2014-15, announced by the First Minister on 26th November, and Children in Scotland's response. 

Parliamentary briefing: Involvement of non-resident parents in their children’s education (June 2014)

As part of our Gender Equality project, Children in Scotland, in collaboration with Families Need Fathers Scotland, have produced this briefing on the issue of how schools and other educational establishments could engage more effectively with non-resident parents where a child's parents do not live together. 

Members' briefing on the Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill - Section 4 (Named Person) (Feb 2014)

This briefing paper sets out a number of points supported by Children in Scotland and a number of other organisationsconcerning the Named Person section (part 4) of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill (now Act).

Members' briefing on the Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill - Stage 3 update (March 2014)

Our briefing on the Children and Young People Scotland) Bill (now Act) as it reached Stage 3 of the parliamentary process.

Members' briefing on the Scottish Government Debate on Child Poverty (March 2014)

Children in Scotland's comments on the Scottish Government's updated strategy for combatting child poverty.