Fiona McLeod MSP

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  • Member for: Strathkelvin and Bearsden
  • Region: West Scotland
  • Party: Scottish National Party

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Meeting of the Parliament 19 February 2015 : Thursday, February 19, 2015
Fiona McLeod

In some instances, it is necessary for Disclosure Scotland to contact other agencies to determine whether there will be any inclusions on the individual’s PVG scheme record from those sources. When that happens, the period of time to process a PVG disclosure can be longer. Disclosure Scotland closely monitors the performance of external information suppliers and works to ensure that such requests are fulfilled as quickly as possible in the interests of both the applicant and the prospective employer.

If Mr McDonald wants to get in touch with me with the numbers from particular organisations in his area, I will inquire further.



Meeting of the Parliament 19 February 2015 : Thursday, February 19, 2015
The Minister for Children and Young People (Fiona McLeod)

Mr McDonald asked specifically about the care sector. Information about the sectors from which PVG applications are submitted is not gathered by Disclosure Scotland. PVG applications are processed as they arrive and no application is given priority over any other.

Disclosure Scotland’s service level agreement is to produce 90 per cent of all types of disclosures, for correctly completed applications with no further inquiries, within 14 calendar days. That is measured from the day when the application is received to the day of dispatch. For the week ending 15 February 2015, Disclosure Scotland processed 99.9 per cent of applications within 14 calendar days.



Meeting of the Parliament 28 January 2015 : Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Fiona McLeod

Fife Council is responsible, as are all local authorities, for its own recruitment because it is best placed to know its local needs.

The Scottish Government is, through our realigning children’s services programme, supporting a number of local authorities to map longer-term demand levels for services, including foster care. That will aid local authorities in recruiting the right number of foster carers when and where they are needed.

In 2013 the Scottish Government ran a fostering recruitment and retention seminar in Glasgow to support local authorities and independent fostering agencies to share successful experiences and good practice. That resulted in the establishment of a recruitment and retention forum.

Roderick Campbell may wish to note that the Fostering Network’s estimated shortage figures for foster carers in Scotland have been halved in the past four years.



Meeting of the Parliament 28 January 2015 : Wednesday, January 28, 2015
The Minister for Children and Young People (Fiona McLeod)

Local authorities are responsible for the provision of foster care in their areas, which is supported through the block grant. The Scottish Government provided more than £1 million between 2007 and 2014 to the Fostering Network to support local authorities and the wider sector to recruit, retain and develop foster carers.

The Scottish Government produced the first national guidance to help local authorities to commission foster care more effectively and in line with the needs of each child. We are looking at ways in which we can provide more direct support to local authorities in strategic commissioning, and at how we cold optimise recruitment.

In response to the foster care review that was published in 2014, the Scottish Government agreed to progress recommendations that will support local authorities in improving the way in which fostering services are run, and to expand the skills of foster carers.



Meeting of the Parliament 28 January 2015 : Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Fiona McLeod

As Mr Pearson knows, secure care is used only for a small number of young people who present a high risk to themselves or to others. The average number of young people in secure care in 2012-13 was 78, which was a fall of 9 per cent compared with the figure for 2011-12. That was 13 per cent under the capacity limit of 90 in Scotland.

We are working with providers and Scotland Excel, which manages a framework contract on behalf of local authorities and the Scottish Government, to monitor capacity issues. I assure Mr Pearson that, when I asked last week, no children were known to be accommodated outside Scotland.



Meeting of the Parliament 28 January 2015 : Wednesday, January 28, 2015
The Minister for Children and Young People (Fiona McLeod)

There are 90 secure beds in Scotland. Capacity is monitored daily and information is available on the secure accommodation network Scotland website.



Education and Culture Committee 13 January 2015 : Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Fiona McLeod

Thank you, convener. I think all the explanations have been given.

Motions moved,

That the Education and Culture Committee recommends that the Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Act 2011 (Rules of Procedure in Children’s Hearings) Amendment Rules 2015 [draft] be approved.

That the Education and Culture Committee recommends that the Secure Accommodation (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2015 [draft] be approved.—[Fiona McLeod.]

Motions agreed to.



Education and Culture Committee 13 January 2015 : Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Fiona McLeod

I will try as hard as possible to put it in plain English. These are regulations consequential to an act; therefore, there are technicalities that we have to ensure are there.



Education and Culture Committee 13 January 2015 : Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Fiona McLeod

The regulation to amend regulation 8 of the Secure Accommodation (Scotland) Regulations 2013 is a consequence of section 86 of the 2014 act, which concerns the ability to make interim compulsory supervision orders when a child is unable to attend a hearing but is not excused from attending it. The issue is about when it is necessary to make a compulsory order in an urgent situation. Perhaps Liz Blair can say more.



Education and Culture Committee 13 January 2015 : Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Fiona McLeod

You want to know about the children’s hearings instrument, not the secure accommodation one.

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S4M-12385 Liz Smith: STEM Education in Scottish Schools—That the Parliament agrees that a solid grou
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S4M-12395.1 Fergus Ewing: An Energy Strategy for Scotland—As an amendment to motion S4M-12395 in the
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S4M-12395.2 Patrick Harvie: An Energy Strategy for Scotland—As an amendment to motion S4M-12395 in t
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S4M-12395 Murdo Fraser: An Energy Strategy for Scotland—That the Parliament notes with concern the l
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S4M-12385.3 Alasdair Allan: STEM Education in Scottish Schools—As an amendment to motion S4M-12385 i
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S4M-12382.3 Mary Fee: Building Scotland’s Infrastructure for the Future—As an amendment to motion S4
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S4M-12382.1 Gavin Brown: Building Scotland’s Infrastructure for the Future—As an amendment to motion
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S4M-12382.2 Willie Rennie: Building Scotland’s Infrastructure for the Future—As an amendment to moti
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S4M-12382 Keith Brown: Building Scotland’s Infrastructure for the Future—That the Parliament recogni
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Amendment 1 moved by Gavin Brown on motion S4M-12344 John Swinney: Community Charge Debt (Scotland)
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Motion S4M-12018: Fiona McLeod, Strathkelvin and Bearsden, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 08/01/2015 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-12017: Fiona McLeod, Strathkelvin and Bearsden, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 08/01/2015 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11536: Fiona McLeod, Strathkelvin and Bearsden, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 12/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11375: Fiona McLeod, Strathkelvin and Bearsden, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 30/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11374: Fiona McLeod, Strathkelvin and Bearsden, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 30/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11134: Fiona McLeod, Strathkelvin and Bearsden, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 07/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10380: Fiona McLeod, Strathkelvin and Bearsden, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 18/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10279: Fiona McLeod, Strathkelvin and Bearsden, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 10/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10269: Fiona McLeod, Strathkelvin and Bearsden, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 10/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10110: Fiona McLeod, Strathkelvin and Bearsden, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 20/05/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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