What actions are taken by the Scottish Government for youth?
The Scottish Government is striving towards their goal of Scotland being the best place for children to grow up. The Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 was introduced to further Scotland’s compliance with the United Nations Convention on the Rights for the Child (UNCRC). It has introduced some additional points to the earlier legislation of The Children (Scotland) Act 1995, including health, education and social services integrating, communicating effectively, and sharing information to help to ensure the safeguarding of children. A named person role has been introduced to ensure each child and their family have a named person from whom they can seek advice, from the ages of 0-18. Also emphasizing supporting and building trust with the families of children, so that, if required, problems can be identified and intervention comes at an early stage. The introduction of this Act sees the Governments provision of Early Education & Childcare hours increasing for 3-5-year-olds, and the introduction of funded places for vulnerable two year olds. There is the addition of the provision of free school meals for eligible children.