Other legislation

Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014

The Bill was introduced to Parliament on 17 April 2013 and received Royal Assent on the 27th March 2014. The Act includes making provision about the rights for children and young people; making provision to improve the way services work to support children young people and families by ensuring there is a single planning approach for children who need  support from services; increasing nursery hours from 475 to 600 annually for 3 and 4 year olds and 2 year olds who are or have been since turning 2 looked after or subject to a kinship care order; and extending support for young people leaving care up to and including age 25. View the Act and Explanatory Notes here. There is further information about the Act available here on the Scottish Government’s website.

The Equality Act 2010

This Act combined existing anti-discriminatory legislation into a single equality act. The Equality Act came into force in October 2010, and replaced the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA). The Act strengthens the duty on all service providers, including schools, to offer reasonable adjustments enabling disabled people to access their services.  View the The Equality Act 2010 in full

Adoption and Children (Scotland) Act 2007

This Act aims to modernise and improve the legal framework for adoption and permanence planning. View the Adoption and Children (Scotland) Act 2007 in full

Children (Scotland) Act 1995

This Act defines parental responsibility and rights, and sets out the duties on local authorities to promote the welfare of children. View the Children (Scotland) Act 1995 in full


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