Response to Scottish Government Resource ConsultationType: Consultations
Topic: Disability rights | Policy and legislation
Camphill Scotland, in consultation with our members, identified 5 key improvements that could be made to the Scottish Government’s proposed ‘Supporting disabled children, young people and their Families’ resource. The Scottish Government stated that
This consultation will be one step towards developing a central, inclusive source of information that seeks to ease the pressure on families who have limited time and resources. Following the consultation, the content will be developed into a website and mobile app, which will aim to be accessible, inclusive and dynamic.
Our suggestions to improve this resources included the following:
- Title: We would prefer the title to be: ‘Supporting Children and Young People with Additional Support Needs, and their families’.
- Strengthening the wider impacts of disability: The Scottish Government could consult, and work with an independent body such as LGBT Youth Scotland to ensure that this resource addresses the wider impacts of disability in the lives of LGBT children and young people, and that their views are fully represented. The Scottish Government should also consult, and work with, charities that work with ethnic minority groups to ensure that the proposed resource addresses the needs of children and young people affected by disability from ethnic minority groups, and fully takes their views into account.
- Human Rights and the role of advocacy: A reference to the provisions in the Social Security (Scotland) Act relating to the rights of disabled people, requiring assistance under the legislation, to receive independent advocacy support, and to the duty of Social Security Scotland to use inclusive communication in communicating with those requiring support under the 2018 Act should be included. This will help disabled children and young people, and their families, to access such support.
- Identifying available support: It would be helpful if the resource could include information about a) the SHANARRI indicators in Section 96 of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014, b) the Wellbeing Wheel, c) funding sources (such as the Family Fund), d) an Online tool/counter with Q&A service.
- Transitions: The resource should ensure information sessions are delivered in schools and in other settings such as through organisations working for and on behalf of children and young people with a disability and their families.