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LC8. Children and Young People Act (Scotland) 2014
Date Posted: 09 August 2016
The Children and Young People Act (Scotland) 2014 was passed on 27 March 2014

The Children and Young People Act (Scotland) 2014 was passed on 27 March 2014 and it is envisaged that it will take two or three years to come fully in to force. It has resulted in Scotland’s policy Getting it Right for Every Child (GIRFEC). Both the new law and the policy aim to strength the rights of children and young people in Scotland and to put support systems in place before major problems arise. As with it’s English equivalent, it requires professionals working across a range of different sectors to co-operate with one another in the best interests of the child or young person. It introduces the role of The Named Person – a designated person who anyone can approach if they have concerns about a young person’s welfare. Only children and young people who need the support of a Named Person will be provided with one. 

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