Consultation Responses / Reports

School Lunch Drink Options – Parent Survey

We Asked

We asked parents for their views on a range of lunchtime drink options for primary schools.

You Said

1,043 responses were received from parents:

  • 97% said they would like plain water to be available
  • 94% said they would like semi-skimmed milk to be available
  • 48% said they would like naturally flavoured milk drinks to be available
  • 58% said they would like fruit juice mixed with water to be available

Comments received included:

* Some parents were concerned about tooth decay if drinks other than milk and water were on offer

* Other parents were worried that there would not be enough choice for children if drinks were limited to milk and water.

We Did

We have listened to the feedback received and also considered advice from the British Dental Health Foundation. Based on this, we have decided to make the following changes:

  1. We have introduced a second water and milk only day onto the weekly menu – Mondays and Wednesdays will now be water and milk only days – this should help encourage children to drink more water / milk
  2. We have introduced a sugar free naturally flavoured milk drink for Thursday lunchtimes. This will add more variety to the menu, particularly for children who would not usually choose milk. If such drinks are consumed along with a meal any risk of tooth decay is significantly reduced.

Scottish Government Responses:

Proposals for the creation of an Offence of Wilful Neglect or Ill-treatment with regard to services for Children under the age of 18 – Further Engagement

We Asked:
We consulted on the ‘Proposals for the creation of an Offence of Wilful Neglect or Ill-treatment with regard to services for Childer under eh age of 18’.
You Said:
The consultation responses received made it clear that the respondents were highly committed to the principles of offering children the best protection possible from abuse or neglect. However, it was also clear that the respondents had very serious concerns about the proposals outlined in the consultation paper.

Respondents highlighted various issues in relation to the rationale for introducing the proposed offence, the relationship between the proposed offence and existing legislation, the possible unintended consequence of introducing the proposed offence, and the scope of the proposed offence.

We Did:
The Scottish Government values the input and expertise of its partners in this area, and is committed to working collaboratively with them to drive improvement in child protection in Scotland. To that end, we have considered their concerns and acknowledged their validity. For this reason, the Scottish Government no longer considers that including children’s services within the scope of Part 3 of the Health (Tobacco, Nicotine etc. and Care) (Scotland) Bill, is the best way to protect children from wilful neglect or ill-treatment, at this time. Instead, the Scottish Government intends to address neglect more widely, as part of an Improvement Programme announced by the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning on 25 February 2016.

The Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Act 2011 (Safeguarders Panel) Regulations 2012

We Asked:
Your views on

  • proposed changes to “The Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Act 2011 (Safeguarders Panel) Regulations 2012” to enable Scottish Government to amend current Regulations,
  • to move away from the presumption that safeguarders be reappointed at the end of each term towards a “fitness to be reappointed” test and
  • also suggested that feedback on safeguarder performance could be sought from system partners beyond the children’s panel, Reporters and family members.
You Said:
We received 37 responses with broad support from respondents that the Scottish Government should revise the current Regulations to reflect the proposed changes. Of the responses received the positive responses were 78.38% or higher.
We Did:
We analysed the consultation responses and considered the range of views expressed. We have amended the regulations in line with the proposals in the consultation. The regulations are being finalised and Ministerial approval is being sought for the proposed changes before laying the regulations early in 2016.