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Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014

Section 33 – Child’s plan: requirement

78.Subsections (1) to (5) provide that a child requires a child’s plan where the responsible authority (as determined under sections 36 and 37) considers that the child has a wellbeing need and that need is not capable of being met, or fully met, by taking action other than targeted intervention, and the need is capable of being met, at least to some extent, by one or more targeted interventions. A child has a wellbeing need if the child’s wellbeing is being, or is at risk of being, adversely affected by any matter. “Targeted intervention” means the provision of a service, by a health board or local authority or a grant aided or independent school, provided by a relevant authority (either directly or through a third party) which is directed at meeting the needs of children whose needs cannot be met, or fully met, by the services which are generally provided to all children by that body.

79.Subsections (6) and (7) provide that in deciding whether a child requires a child’s plan, the responsible authority is, so far as reasonably practicable, to ascertain and have regard to the views of the child, their parent(s), any persons as the Scottish Ministers may by order specify, and any other persons as it considers appropriate. In having regard to the views of the child, the responsible authority is to take account their age and maturity. The responsible authority must also consult the child’s named person where that individual is not employed by them.

80.Subsections (8) and (9) provide that if a child already has a plan, or if the child is a member of any of the regular forces, then subsection (1) does not apply. Where a child already has a plan, section 39 would apply, meaning that the question would then become one of plan review. “Regular forces” has the meaning given by section 374 of the Armed Forces Act 2006.

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