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Chamber and committees

Health, Social Care and Sport Committee


Health and wellbeing of children and young people

Background

The Health, Social Care and Sport Committee is undertaking an inquiry into the health and wellbeing of children and young people in Scotland

The inquiry aims to address key issues affecting the health and wellbeing of children and young people including:

  • Child poverty (including the Scottish Government’s current child poverty delivery plan), inequality and adverse childhood experiences
  • Issues affecting care experienced young people;
  • Mental health, access to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services and the importance of early intervention; and
  • Health and wellbeing in schools

Engagement

Oral evidence

11 January: The Committee took evidence from—

Professor Hazel Borland, Interim Chief Executive, NHS Ayrshire and Arran

Heather Connolly, Health Psychologist, Division of Health Psychology - Scotland, British Psychological Society

Mary Glasgow, Chief Executive, Children 1st

Kirsty-Louise Hunt, Senior Policy and Public Affairs Lead, Barnardo's Scotland

Jacquie Pepper, Chief Social Work Officer, Perth and Kinross Council, Social Work Scotland

Suzanne Shields, Occupational Therapist and Care Group Lead for Occupational Therapy - Children and Young People, Royal College of Occupational Therapist

Committee Papers 

Papers for the meeting on 11 January 2022 

Minute for the meeting on 11 January 2022 

18 January: The Committee took evidence from—

Shelley Buckley, Programme Manager - Families Children and Young People, Mental Health Foundation


Alex Cumming
, Assistant Director of Delivery and Development, Scottish Association for Mental Health


Susie Fitton
, Policy Manager, Inclusion Scotland

Sam March, Principal Educational Psychologist, South Lanarkshire Council, The Association of Scottish Principal Educational Psychologists


Joanne Smith
, Policy and Public Affairs Manager, NSPCC Scotland


Dr Mairi Stark
, Scottish Officer, Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health

Jackie Brock, Chief Operations Officer (Interim), The Promise Scotland


Helen Happer
, Chief Inspector, Care Inspectorate

Lucy Hughes, Policy Development Coordinator, Who Cares? Scotland


Kate MacKinnon
, Policy Associate, CELCIS

Committee Papers

Papers for the meeting on 18 January 2022

Minute for the meeting on 18 January 2022 

 

25 January: The Committee took evidence from—

Dr Josie Booth, Senior Lecturer in Developmental Psychology, University of Edinburgh

Mike Corbett, National Official (Scotland), NASUWT

Judy Edwards, Service Manager, Stirling Council

Kevin Kane, Policy and Research Manager, YouthLink Scotland

Jacqueline Lynn, Head of School and Community Sport, SportScotland

Committee Papers 

Papers for the meeting on 25 January 2022 

Minutes for the meeting on 25 January 2022 

 

1 February: The Committee took evidence from—

Dr Josie Booth, Senior Lecturer in Developmental Psychology, University of Edinburgh

Mike Corbett, National Official (Scotland), NASUWT

Judy Edwards, Service Manager, Stirling Council

Kevin Kane, Policy and Research Manager, YouthLink Scotland

Jacqueline Lynn, Head of School and Community Sport, SportScotland

Committee papers 

Papers for the meeting on 1 February 2022 

Minutes for the meeting on 1 February 2022 

 

8 February: The Committee took evidence from—

Clare Haughey MSP, Minister for Children and Young People, Scottish Government  

Shona Robison, Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, housing and Local Government, Scottish Government. 

Fiona Clements, Improving Lives for People with Care Experience Unit, Children and Families Directorate, Scottish Government 

Gavin Henderson, Deputy Director, Keeping the Promise, Scottish Government 

Shirley Laing, Director for Housing and Social Justice, Scottish Government 

Tom McNamara, Head of Youth Justice & Children's Hearings, Scottish Government 

Laura Meikle, Head of Support and Wellbeing Unit, Scottish Government 

Committee papers 

Papers for the meeting on 8 February

Minute for the meeting on 8 February 

 

Your views

The call for views closed on 7 December 2021.

Read the responses.


Report

The Committee published its report on 13 May 2022.

Read the report.

The Scottish Government response was received on 6 July 2022.

The Parliament debated the report on 15 June 2022.

Read the Official Report.


Correspondence


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