Children and Young People

COSLA RESPONSE TO FIRST MINISTER’S ANNOUNCEMENT ON MULTIYEAR EARLY LEARNING AND CHILDCARE FUNDING

A COSLA Spokesperson said:

“Local authorities across Scotland are committed to the expansion of Early Learning and Childcare and COSLA very much welcomes Scottish Government's commitment to fully fund this expansion. 

"However, COSLA is surprised by the funding announcement today as these figures have not been developed in partnership with local authorities nor have we been privy to the basis of the calculation. 

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Tue, 10/10/2017 - 13:32

COSLA RESPONSE TO MEDIA ENQUIRY ON KNIVES IN SCHOOLS

A COSLA Spokesperson said: “All Councils will have their own processes in place for such incidents. Councils treat any form of violence with the utmost seriousness.”

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Fri, 11/08/2017 - 16:00

COSLA RESPONSE ON SCHOOL CLOTHING GRANTS

A COSLA Spokesperson said:
 
"Scotland’s Councils are committed to doing the very best for the communities they are elected to represent – especially those people in the most need. However, years of UK Government austerity and a lack of investment in public services takes its toll. This coupled with year on year cuts to council budgets from the Scottish Government has meant that councils have had to make extremely difficult decisions across all areas of their expenditure.
 

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Thu, 10/08/2017 - 16:00

CELEBRATING THE SUCCESS OF SCOTLAND'S YOUNG PEOPLE

COSLA celebrates the success of Scotland’s young people in achieving positive outcomes and positive destinations.

Local Authorities across Scotland today welcome the publication of results which reflect the wide variety of learning pathways which our children and young people can access. The system in Scotland has come a long way from holding the number of Highers which a student achieves as being the ultimate marker of success.

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Tue, 08/08/2017 - 08:54

AGENDA ARTICLE BY COUNCILLOR STEPHEN MCCABE

Agenda article by Councillor Stephen McCabe, newly appointed COSLA Spokesperson on Children and Young People, writing in a personal capacity.

"It may come as a surprise to some, but I agree with much of what John Swinney had to say in his ‘Agenda’ piece of 13 June on Education Governance.

Article published: 
Mon, 07/08/2017 - 08:00

COSLA RESPONSE ON EDUCATION GOVERNANCE

"COSLA is keen to work with the Government on a joint approach to regional collaboration. Local government recognises the benefits of partnership working and the sharing of good practice.

It is critical, however, that any regional partnerships established are directly accountable to democratically elected local Councils. We believe Councils should have a key role in driving improvements in attainment and closing the so-called attainment gap.

"If the Government gives us the resources we can deliver on these common objectives.”

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Fri, 04/08/2017 - 16:00

COSLA RESPONSE TO MEDIA ENQUIRY ON CONSULTATION RESPONSES - SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT GUIDANCE ON SUPPORTING CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE WITH HEALTHCARE NEEDS IN SCHOOLS

Councillor Stephen McCabe COSLA’s Children and Young People Spokesperson said: “We are clear that services should be integrated around the needs of each child in line with the GIRFEC approach. That is the aim and intention of all Scottish local authorities.

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Fri, 04/08/2017 - 16:00

COSLA REPONSE ON ACCESS TO CHILDREN'S HOME DOCUMENTATION

A COSLA Spokesperson said: “Scottish local government is determined to right the wrongs of the past. We are fully committed to working with both survivors and agencies to ensure the removal of barriers to justice for survivors of historical child abuse. We fundamentally support the coming Limitation Act and recognise that a key aspect of implementing this legislation is access to files and records.

“We know this requires transparency and sensitivity and councils will do everything in their power to make records available.”

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Fri, 28/07/2017 - 16:00

COSLA RESPONSE TO REPORT ON CHILDHOOD OBESITY

A COSLA Spokesperson said: "Schools work with young people and families to ensure they are taking action to promote healthy diets and lifestyles through the food and drinks available in schools, and by incorporating aspects of food, nutrition and health in the curriculum at all stages.

"Recognising that the majority of food choices will be made outside of school hours, they endeavour to give children and young people the information and skills that encourage them to make healthier food choices outside of school.

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Wed, 26/07/2017 - 16:00

COSLA RESPONSE ON MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT FOR PUPILS

A COSLA Spokesperson commented: “Schools are committed to improving the outcomes and wellbeing of children by offering the support and services they need when they need them. To ensure this is possible, Local Authorities and NHS boards require adequate funding and resource so that access to services such as mental health support is offered in a timely manner.

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Mon, 24/07/2017 - 16:00