Date lodged: 18 October 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what action it takes to encourage local authorities to work with the third sector to offer joint delivery of services for children and young people.
Answered by: Mark McDonald 1 November 2017
The Scottish Government believes that the best outcomes for children and young people can only be delivered when the planning of children’s services is fully inclusive, and reflects the views of a range of partners, including local authorities, health boards and national and local bodies, including the third sector. That is why we legislated and the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 (the "Act") was enacted. Part 3 of the Act places a duty on each local authority and relevant health board to jointly prepare a children's services plan covering a
3 year period. A range of other relevant national and local bodies, including the third sector, are expected to be either consulted with, or obliged to participate, at various stages of the development of the plan. The Statutory Guidance accompanying Part 3 clearly sets out the expectations with regards inclusion of the third sector. Children's services plans for all local authorities and relevant health boards are now in place for the period 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2020. In addition, the Scottish Government funds the National Third Sector GIRFEC Project, which focuses on delivering better outcomes for children and young people through supporting third sector involvement in the planning and delivery of children's services.