Consultation on Free Bus Travel for under 19’s

Consultation on Free Bus Travel for under 19’s

As you may be aware, the Scottish Government plan to launch a new national travel concession scheme to provide free bus travel for young people under the age of 19. They anticipate that legislation to underpin the scheme would be required to be laid in Parliament in early 2021 and the scheme would come into effect later in 2021.

For the next six weeks (until Monday 7th December), Transport Scotland are running a consultation in regards to this scheme to gather information on the most appropriate ways to provide this free travel to best suit young people. They are hoping the consultation will reach as many members of the public as possible, especially to those who will be impacted by the proposals, including children and young people, their parents and carers and people who work with children in a paid or voluntary capacity.

The consultation can be found on https://www.transport.gov.scot/consultation/consultation-on-free-bus-travel-for-people-resident-in-scotland-aged-under-19/

More information on the proposed scheme can be found on https://www.transport.gov.scot/news/consulting-on-free-bus-travel-for-young-people-under-19/

 

East Lothian Library Service

Libraries have been sharing a weekly programme of content for families, children and young people on our Facebook page from the beginning of lockdown.  This aims to replicate what would be happening in our libraries.  I’ve attached an idea of the current weekly schedule for your information.

They are moving this content away from the main library Facebook page to a dedicated children and families area at https://www.facebook.com/Children-Young-People-at-East-Lothian-Libraries-100305531897365 and would love you to like the page and engage with the content. With a dedicated page they will be better able to engage and respond to enquiries making it easier to shape the content those using the page would like.

 

Lothian Public Sector Equality Duty consultation

The Equality Act 2010 requires all public bodies (such as councils and the health service) to publish equality outcomes at least every four years. Equality outcomes aim to achieve specific and identifiable improvements in people’s life chances, eliminate discrimination and foster good relations.

Working in partnership – East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership, Edinburgh, West Lothian and Midlothian Councils (including their education authorities and Midlothian’s licensing board), NHS Lothian and Midlothian Health and Social Care Partnership have developed a set of draft equality themes and outcomes. These are based on research and evidence from different sources and on conversations with services and organisations that work to help and support people.

Each organisation will ultimately be responsible for their own outcomes and action plan. However, we hope to identify common outcomes that we can work on together. There may also be opportunities for us to work towards the same equality theme but focus on different actions to achieve it, depending on our differing remits, geographies, resources and your feedback. 

We want people with a variety of life and personal experiences to share their thoughts on the draft themes and outcomes. Your views will help shape and influence the development of the final outcomes and help us to agree actions that can make a difference to people’s lives.

Ensure that parents and young people’s voices are heard

East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership need to hear from as many people as possible, so please give us your views

It’s better to say something than do nothing

Keeping children and young people safe

If you’ve got concerns about a child or young person ‘it’s better to say something than do nothing’ according to a new campaign.

Child Protection Scotland, Barnardo’s Scotland, NSPCC Scotland and Police Scotland worked together on the campaign which is running online. They say:

“As Scotland’s children settle back into the school routine and slowly begin to return to clubs and out-of-school activities, the month-long campaign aims to raise awareness that while lockdown and the pandemic has been hard going for many families and children, it’s been a lot more challenging for some families than others.

 “Families who were struggling to cope before the pandemic may have been pushed to crisis point during lockdown, and even the most settled families will have faced new challenges during this time.

 “Some children and young people may have experienced trauma for the first time, and some may have experienced neglect and abuse. This new campaign urges everyone to be alert to signs that all is not well for some children, and to take action if they’re worried that something is wrong.”

Find out what to do if you’re worried about that a child or young person is experiencing neglect, harm, abuse or exploitation at https://www.childprotection.scot/