Next steps of reform of children’s services in Scotland announced

A consultation on a draft Bill to overhaul children’s services in Scotland will take place later this year, it emerged yesterday.

In a statement to Parliament, Margaret Curran, the minister for Parliament, said there would be a consultation on a draft Bill to overhaul services that help and support children, including the children’s hearing system.

Changes to help agencies share information about children will be introduced earlier in a Protection of Vulnerable Groups Bill to be introduced in September.

Education minister Peter Peacock said: “Agencies need to change systems, work more closely together and change the way they work.

“That’s why it’s vital that we get this right. Consultation on the detail of the legislation will help everyone understand the agenda,” he added.

Other changes to children’s services can be implemented without the need for legislation.

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