JOAN ALERTS CHILDREN'S TSAR TO EDUCATION CUTS

Local MSP Joan McAlpine has today written to the Childrens' Commissioner Tam Baillie to alert him to planned education cuts by Dumfries and Galloway Council.

 Ms McAlpine said the council's actions could breach the Children and Young People's (Scotland) Act of 2014. The act gives the tsar, Children's Commissioner Tam Baillie, legal powers to investigate if a council's actions are suspected of harming the wellbeing of children and young people.

The SNP MSP commented: 

 "The local authority proposes to restructure Additional Support for Learning services with the loss of 52 posts.  My constituents are extremely concerned that these changes will be detrimental to their children, depriving them of the professional support they need to fulfil their potential. 

 "GIRFEC well-being indicators set out in Scottish Government legislation mean those providing children's services, including councils, must strive for outcomes that result in children being safe, healthy, achieving, nurtured, active, respected, responsible and included. Those outcomes will not be achieved should the ASL service be dismantled in this way.

 "That is why I am urging Mr Baillie to use his statutory powers under the Children and Young People's Act (Scotland) 2014 to investigate this action by Dumfries and Galloway Council, should the proposal be passed this Thursday. 

 

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