The Scottish Government has published a review of Scotland’s Children’s Services Plans (CSPs) for 2020 – 2023, in line with the Children and Young Peoples (Scotland) Act 2014.
The report highlights areas of strength and improvement and examples of good practice. It also describes the evolving policy context and impacts relevant to outcomes for children, young people and families since the previous review in 2019. This draws on findings from engagement with the Children’s Services Planning Strategic Leads Network and other stakeholders which have helped to shape recommendations for improvement. Together, these provide an overview of the current delivery context and effectiveness of Children’s Services Planning across Scotland, and inform future national and local decision-making on Children’s Services Planning
According to the summary, there is clear incorporation of children’s rights and the UNCRC as well as a good narrative of children’s services offered. However, it also states that there are further areas for development which include engagement with parents/carers/families, the wider community, and local workforce, including the third sector.
A third of plans need to include more information on the provision of related services, while budget and resource information was also highlighted as an area for improvement.