Children and Young People

COSLA comment on Significant Case Reviews (SCRs)

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "Local authorities are committed to working with partners to protect and support children, young people and their families. Reflecting on and sharing good practice across organisations provides important learning opportunities and the chance to improve policies, services and practice.

"In doing this, ensuring the confidentiality of individuals involved is a key consideration. We will continue to work with Scottish Government, partner organisations and inspection agencies in our shared commitment to protecting and supporting children and families."

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Tue, 24/07/2018 - 16:00

COSLA comment on School Technicians

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "All of Scotland’s councils are committed to delivering essential services to their communities. Budgetary decisions are rightly and properly a matter for individual determination based on local need and circumstance. Obviously such decisions are taken against a backdrop of tight financial settlements for councils over the last couple of years in particular."

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Thu, 12/07/2018 - 16:00

COSLA comment on child poverty and education

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "Local authorities are committed to working with partners to tackle child poverty and its impact on attainment through a wide range of activities.

"Recently, Council Leaders agreed to set a minimum level for school clothing grants, meaning that from the start of the 2018/19 academic year, school clothing grants will be set at £100 or above.

"Working with schools, families and pupils, local authorities will continue to identify ways to reduce poverty, mitigate for its effects, and support learners to achieve their potential in education."

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Wed, 11/07/2018 - 16:00

Joint statement on empowering schools agreement

An agreement has been reached between Scottish local government and the Scottish Government which sets out our shared commitment to empower our schools. This work will start now and be taken forward with pace over the summer. The Education Bill will not be introduced to Parliament at this time.  

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Tue, 26/06/2018 - 13:20

COSLA comment on music tuition

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "This is rightly and properly an operational matter for individual local authorities.

"Each individual local authority will make decisions on instrumental music provision or indeed any other service based on local need and circumstance.

"Obviously these individual decisions are taken against a backdrop of tight financial settlements for local government over the last couple of years."

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Tue, 12/06/2018 - 16:00

COSLA comment on music tuition

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "Each individual local authority will make decisions on instrumental music provision based on local need and circumstance.
 

"Obviously these individual decisions are taken against a backdrop of a tight financial settlement for local government."

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Wed, 30/05/2018 - 16:00

Child burial and cremation fees to end

Agreement will remove financial burden from families

Scottish Government and COSLA have agreed to work together to remove all local authority charges for child burials and cremations.

While most local authorities have already removed their fees, this new commitment - which is supported by Scottish Government funding - will see the removal of their fees consistently and completely across all areas.

Confirming the agreement, Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities Angela Constance said:

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Wed, 30/05/2018 - 13:00

More than £4 million pounds for educational psychologists

Funding expected to support up to 30 new trainees annually.

Up to 90 educational psychology trainees will benefit from the first three years of a new funding package agreed in partnership between Scotland’s Local Authorities and the Scottish Government.

It will help with training fees and living costs to encourage more specialists to train and work in Scotland.

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Fri, 25/05/2018 - 23:01

COSLA comment on bullying in school

A COSLA Spokesperson said: “Scotland’s councils take the issue of bullying very seriously indeed and are committed to dealing with the issue.
 
"We welcome the work which has been undertaken by a wide group of stakeholders, including parents and unions, to develop a consistent process for the recording of bullying in school.
 
"Utilising and updating the existing SEEMiS information system which is already widely used in schools is a cost-effective solution and the information gathered will be beneficial in developing local responses and so
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Fri, 25/05/2018 - 16:00

New national school clothing grant

Thousands to benefit from minimum £100 grant.

An estimated 120,000 families will benefit from a new £100 national minimum school clothing grant in Scotland as a result of partnership working between Scotland’s Local Authorities and the Scottish Government.

It means for the first time all eligible families, regardless of their local authority area, will have access to the same minimum level of financial support for school clothing.

The scheme will open in time for the 2018/19 academic year with eligibility determined at a local level.

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Fri, 25/05/2018 - 13:00