Meeting the needs of young people
Children and young people in Scotland now have the most rights in Europe when it comes to accessing the support they need to reach their full potential.
Amendments to the Additional Support for Learning Act 2004 have now come in to force, extending a range of rights, to children aged 12-15, for the first time.
Previously only available to parents, carers and over 16s the extension of rights means that children will now have more say than ever before in decisions about their education.
Children can now:
- Ask for their additional support needs to be identified and planned for
- Receive advice and information about their additional support needs
- Be part of discussions about the support that they will receive
- Access dispute resolution procedures to resolve concerns
These rights will be balanced by safeguards and supported by a newly created service which will help children access advice at every stage of the process to enable them to become fully involved in decisions about their education.