Children and Young People

COSLA response to Audit Scotland's report on children's mental health

COSLA President Councillor Alison Evison said: "COSLA welcomes the report and will work with partners to consider the recommendations made.
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Thu, 13/09/2018 - 08:30

Chair publishes first recommendations for the work of the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Taskforce

Dr Dame Denise Coia has published a preliminary view and initial recommendations for improvements in provision for children and young people’s mental health in Scotland. These call for a stronger focus on prevention and more community-based care.

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Wed, 12/09/2018 - 09:39

Vision for school libraries

Pupils shape strategy to help improve literacy and boost attainment.

Hundreds of young people have informed the development of a new joint strategy to ensure every child in Scotland will have access to a dynamic school library.

The national strategy for school libraries is the first of its kind in the UK. The strategy includes 20 action points to support the improvement of literacy and numeracy, boost attainment across the curriculum, and enable opportunities for family learning.    

The strategy will ensure school library services:

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Sat, 08/09/2018 - 09:45

COSLA comment on primary school start dates

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "This is rightly and properly a matter for local democratic decision making.
"Councils take a child centred approach to children’s services including education so the predominant consideration will be how to support young children transitioning into primary school. And making the experience as good and as smooth as possible." 
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Wed, 05/09/2018 - 17:00

COSLA comment on free access to sanitary products for students

Free sanitary products will be available to pupils, students and learners at schools, colleges and universities.

Councillor Alison Evison, COSLA President said:

"Councils work hard to tackle barriers which can get in the way of young people fulfilling their potential in education. We are therefore pleased to be working with Scottish Government and the college and university sector to provide young people with sanitary products free in their schools.

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Fri, 24/08/2018 - 12:00

More support for parents

New engagement plan to improve links between home and school.

The first ever national action plan to encourage and support all parents to be fully involved in their child’s education has been launched by Deputy First Minister John Swinney.

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Tue, 21/08/2018 - 13:44

Comment piece from COSLA Children and Young People Spokesperson

COSLA Children and Young People Spokesperson, Councillor Stephen McCabe

"One of the key priorities for local government across Scotland is to ensure that every child, regardless of their background, gets the education that will help them to reach their full potential.

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Tue, 21/08/2018 - 00:00

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 - 17:00

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 - 17:00

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 - 17:00