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Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014

Section 39 – Child’s plan: management

96.Subsection (1) provides that the managing authority of a child’s plan must keep under review: whether the wellbeing need of the child stated in the plan is still accurate; whether the targeted intervention(s) or manner of provision of those interventions is still appropriate; whether the outcome of the plan has been achieved; and whether the management of the plan should transfer to another authority. In reviewing a child’s plan, subsections (2), (3) and (4) state that the managing authority is to consult each relevant authority which is providing a targeted intervention contained in the plan (either directly or through a third party), the responsible authority (where that authority is neither the managing authority nor providing a targeted intervention) and the child’s named person where that individual is not employed by the managing authority. The managing authority must also, so far as is reasonably practicable, ascertain and have regard to the views of the child, their parents, such other persons as the Scottish Ministers may specify by order, and any other person that the managing authority considers appropriate. In having regard to the child’s views, the managing authority is to take account of their age and maturity.

97.In consequence of this review, the managing authority may, under subsection (5)(a) amend the plan so as to revise the wellbeing need of the child, any targeted intervention(s), or manner of the provision of targeted intervention(s) which require to be provided, or the outcome which the plan is intended to achieve. The managing authority may also transfer the management of the plan to a relevant authority or end the plan (subsections (5)(b) and (c)).

98.Subsection (6) provides that the Scottish Ministers may make, by order, provision about: the management of the child’s plan, including when and how a child’s plan is to be reviewed in accordance with subsection (1); who is to be the managing authority of the plan; when and to whom the management of the plan is to or may be transferred under subsection (5)(b); when and how a new targeted intervention may be included in a child’s plan; and the keeping, disclosure and destruction of child’s plans.

99.Subsection (7) provides that the managing authority of a child’s plan is the authority which prepared it, or where the management of the plan has been transferred, the person to whom it was transferred. This is subject to any different provision made by order as mentioned above.

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