Children and Young People

"Meeting the needs of young people" Joint press release

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Wed, 10/01/2018 - 15:18

COSLA welcomes the news that the number of school teachers has increased over the last year

A COSLA Spokesperson said: “COSLA welcomes the news today (Tuesday) that the number of school teachers has increased over the last year.  

“There is no doubt that many councils, facing shortages in certain subjects and in some communities, have gone the extra distance to ensure that all children and young people have the teachers they need.  

“However, this must be seen in light of the reduction in real terms of local authority budgets. We also need to endeavour to ensure there are other key professionals required to improve the lives of children.”

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Tue, 12/12/2017 - 17:00

COSLA responds to National Improvement Framework report

Councillor Stephen McCabe, Spokesperson for Children and Young People said: “Local Authorities are absolutely committed to improving the lives of young people and their families throughout Scotland. We are there at every stage of the child’s life to make sure there are a wide range of services and professionals to support each child according to their needs. 

"There is much to be celebrated in the NIF report but still a lot to be done to truly address the poverty related attainment gap and to continue to improve children’s happiness and wellbeing.

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Tue, 12/12/2017 - 14:53

Education Bill consultation

Council Leaders today (Friday) agreed that COSLA writes to the Deputy First Minister outlining their concerns around various elements contained within the Education Bill Consultation paper and to seek a meeting with him as soon as possible.

Throughout the Scottish Government’s agenda for education reform, Councils have been clear that the best interests of children and young people should be the driving force for any change. Their needs are central for Councils when they look across their local area to plan, monitor and improve all children’s services.

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Fri, 24/11/2017 - 14:04

COSLA response to Care Inspectorate report

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "Scotland’s councils take their duty to children in their care very seriously and treat their responsibility in this area with the utmost seriousness and priority. It is good that the report recognises that fostering and adoption services operate at a high level. Scotland’s councils are at the forefront of running recruitment campaigns aimed at finding foster families to support children in care but again as the report states this is not an easy or a straightforward task.”

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Tue, 21/11/2017 - 17:00

COSLA comment on childminders and the expansion of early learning and childcare

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "All local authorities have submitted their expansion plans and all 32 include provision for working with childminders. Our position at COSLA is that childminders play a key role in the expansion and could offer opportunities for a targeted GIRFEC approach for children and their families.

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Thu, 16/11/2017 - 17:00

COSLA response to NSPCC Report on Child Sexual Abuse

“Scottish Local Authorities consider the safety and wellbeing of children in our communities as the highest priority. We know that a multi-agency approach works best for children and young people in this situation and we work with our partners to make sure those services are available to children when required.”

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Tue, 14/11/2017 - 17:00

Consultation on mainstreaming in education launched today

Local Authorities and Scottish Government share the commitment to inclusive education and have worked together with partners over many years in the to the development of legislative and policy frameworks to support children and young people with additional support needs. Working with children and families, local authorities endeavour to Get it Right for Every Child, despite years of cuts to local government budgets which mean the services and resources that support children and families are more stretched than ever.

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Thu, 02/11/2017 - 15:30

COSLA RESPONSE TO VOICE SCOTLAND SURVEY

A COSLA Spokesperson commented: “COSLA is in talks with the Scottish Government regarding the spending review and will be presenting a strong case that Local Government cannot sustain further cuts, as experienced over the last two years, without significant impact on services and jobs, and most importantly the communities we serve to protect.

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Thu, 19/10/2017 - 16:00

COSLA REPONSE TO MISSING CHILDREN IN EDUCATION

A COSLA Spokesperson said: “COSLA wishes to emphasise that we place the utmost importance on keeping children and young people safe. From our work with councils, we know that the highest incidences of this are found in cities where there are very mobile populations particularly where families come from a range of backgrounds.

"Scottish Local authorities take a number of steps to keep children safe, for example, Glasgow employs Slovakian home link workers who work with families and who have built contacts across Europe to try to track children who have returned to Europe.

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Wed, 11/10/2017 - 16:00