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Response to Education and Culture Committee Scottish Parliament request for Evidence 26 July 2013: Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill

Families trying to provide for their children are being adversely affected by low wages, welfare reform and poor provision of affordable housing. The lack of mention of families and focus on providing support for them in this legislation leans to a bias towards thinking about provision being provided by others rather than meeting the key requirements of the UNCRC to support children being brought up in their own families. Members are very clear that a lead could have been given by the government in this Bill, by incorporating the UNCRC into Scots Law, to support children being brought up in their own families. They further argue that a Child Impact Assessment for this Bill would support this need for more concrete action. SASW is a member of the TOGETHER coalition and supports all the comments, particularly in respect of UNCRC.