Children and Young People (Information Sharing) (Scotland) Bill

 

About the Bill

This Scottish Government Bill was introduced by the Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, John Swinney MSP, on 19 June 2017.

The Bill seeks to amend the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 on the provision of information in relation to the named person service and the preparation and implementation of child’s plans.

Read the Bill and accompanying documents, including the policy memorandum and details of the financial impact of the Bill. 

The Bill provides for a Code of Practice that will be used by organisations/individuals within those organisations responsible for deciding whether they hold relevant information and whether they should share it. An illustrative draft of the Codes of Practice has been published alongside the Bill and can be found on the Scottish Government's website

SPICe Briefings

Stage 1

The Education and Skills Committee has been designated the lead committee for this bill.

Timetable

The timetable for taking evidence will be finalised in due course.

Evidence

The Committee is taking evidence from September to November on the Bill

 Read the written submissions at the link below.

You can watch the evidence sessions at the Committee meeting below.

Read the official report for the Committee meeting below

A focus group was held at the Scottish Parliament on the evening of the  31st October 2017. We had input from 22 individuals representing a variety of professions who have direct experience of working with Children and Young Peoplr.

Correspondence

The Convener wrote to the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills regarding the Code of Practice on 21 September 2017.

 The Convener wrote to the Information Commisioner's Office for information regarding the data protection act impact on the Code of Practice on 4 October 2017 

The Convener sought the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills' views on the Information Commissioner's Office's letter of 13 October 2017.

The Cabinet Secretary wrote to the Convener is advance of appearing before the Committee to give evidence on the 8 November 2017. 

 The Convener wrote to the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills regarding the implications of the commencements provisions in the Bill.

 

Work by other Committees

The Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee heard from the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills in respect of the Children and Young People (Information Sharing) (Scotland) Bill on 19 September 2017.

The Finance and Constitution Committee gathered evidence on the estimated financial impact of the Children and Young People (Information Sharing) (Scotland) Bill.