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Justice Committee 25 February 2020 [Draft] : 25 February 2020 View PDF version
The Minister for Community Safety (Ash Denham)

I do. Good morning and thank you for inviting me to give evidence on the Children (Scotland) Bill. I have been watching the committee’s evidence sessions with great interest and I am very in...

Justice Committee 25 February 2020 [Draft] : 25 February 2020 View PDF version
Ash Denham

With appropriate support, even really quite young children can express views on matters that affect them, if they are approached in the right way and they can express their views in a way th...

Justice Committee 25 February 2020 [Draft] : 25 February 2020 View PDF version
Ash Denham

I am aware that some of the stakeholders have made that case. The right for children’s views to be heard in matters that affect them is protected by the UNCRC, ar...

Justice Committee 25 February 2020 [Draft] : 25 February 2020 View PDF version
Ash Denham

The bill seeks to create significant change in the area. We want sheriffs and the courts to find ways to engage with children—even young children—if they want to ...

Justice Committee 25 February 2020 [Draft] : 25 February 2020 View PDF version
Ash Denham

The bill makes it clear that there are a number of methods that could be used, but it is not intended to be an exhaustive list. We know that there will be costs a...

Justice Committee 25 February 2020 [Draft] : 25 February 2020 View PDF version
Ash Denham

I am aware of the concerns about how the provisions will work in practice. The starting point is that a child deserves to receive an impartial explanation of deci...

Justice Committee 25 February 2020 [Draft] : 25 February 2020 View PDF version
Ash Denham

Sure. It will need to grow. Obviously, we will need to keep an eye on the situation in order to ensure that enough professionals are available to do the job. We a...

Justice Committee 25 February 2020 [Draft] : 25 February 2020 View PDF version
Ash Denham

I am aware that that evidence has been given to the committee. Child welfare reporters play an extremely important role in supporting children and ensuring that t...

Justice Committee 25 February 2020 [Draft] : 25 February 2020 View PDF version
Ash Denham

We have considered that. We should bear in mind that there will be economies of scale from operating the list centrally. If, as you suggest, the lists were to be ...

Justice Committee 25 February 2020 [Draft] : 25 February 2020 View PDF version
Ash Denham

You raise a fair point. We certainly would not expect somebody from the Highlands to produce a child welfare report in the Scottish Borders, for instance. All tho...

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