In a seemingly never ending loop, the Education & Skills Committee agreed at its virtual meeting on 11 November 2020 to keep our Petition PE01692 (calling for a public inquiry into the human rights impact of GIRFEC) open, and to write – yet again – to the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills.
A couple of sentences from the Convener was all it took, with a deafening silence from other Members and not even a mention of our own latest submission to the Committee.
The petitioners have suggested that a number of local authorities may continue to refer to and base processes on the 2013 guidance, for example by including the guidance or its details on websites or in training materials. The Committee is therefore writing to all local authorities to ensure that this guidance is not still being used and has been replaced by the 2016 guidance. I would therefore appreciate a short response from you confirming that your local authority no longer refers to the 2013 guidance or relies on its contents in your practices. If this is not the case I would appreciate confirmation that any remaining references or processes based on this guidance will be changed to reflect the 2016 guidance, and the timescales for the completion of this work.Either way, please respond by Monday 20 January. Many thanks for your
cooperation in this matter. Please note that, as is standard practice, we would intend to publish your response online alongside the responses from all other local authorities.