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  • Member for: Glasgow Southside
  • Region: Glasgow
  • Party: Scottish National Party

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Meeting of the Parliament 26 February 2015 Business until 12:32 : Thursday, February 26, 2015
The First Minister

Tackling terrorism and violent extremism requires us all to stand together, and we are taking a collaborative approach with communities, partners and organisations. We work closely with a range of organisations on developing initiatives aimed at getting messages, support and advice direct to individuals and communities, and that includes distributing advice to parents on protecting young people from online radicalisation. Police Scotland will also offer support to any person or family who raises concerns about someone who they fear might travel or has already travelled to a conflict zone such as Syria. However, at this time, the most important message is that, in our wonderful, diverse Scotland, the most important thing that we can do is to pull together and stand together.



Meeting of the Parliament 26 February 2015 Business until 12:32 : Thursday, February 26, 2015
The First Minister (Nicola Sturgeon)

First, I am sure that I speak for everyone in the chamber when I say that my thoughts are with the families of these young women and I very much hope that they return safely and soon.

In relation to Christine Grahame’s question, the interception of communications is regulated by the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000. Any interception on the grounds of national security is reserved and a matter for the security services and the relevant secretary of state.



Meeting of the Parliament 26 February 2015 Business until 12:32 : Thursday, February 26, 2015
The First Minister

I agree with the member that it is action that counts, which is why we are taking the actions. I will be corrected if I am wrong on this, but I think that we are the only country in the world that has set a target as tough as the one that we have in place. Frankly, the answer that I have just given on NHS Tayside, which in January recruited nine additional nurses and medical staff, is an example of taking action to improve the position on waiting times. It stands to reason that we need the therapies to which to refer patients, and health boards are taking action on that.

This goes back to the answer that I gave Kezia Dugdale earlier: I will never, ever stand here and say that there is not more work to do in the health service, but I will not allow anybody to deny the progress that not this Government but the hardworking staff across our national health service are making month in, month out; week in, week out; and day in, day out. We should all celebrate that and support them to do even more.



Meeting of the Parliament 26 February 2015 Business until 12:32 : Thursday, February 26, 2015
The First Minister

I will answer the question about NHS Tayside first, then perhaps make some more general comments.

At NHS Tayside, very long waits have been experienced. They are totally unacceptable, which is why in January NHS Tayside recruited nine additional nursing and medical staff. They have taken up their posts and the CAMHS team is now making an impact on those waiting times.

On the general position, as I indicated in my opening answer, we have reduced the maximum wait target from 26 weeks down to 18 weeks. We have introduced a tougher target in order to drive progress faster. Half of all health boards are meeting that tougher target. Seven health boards—the other half—are not yet meeting the CAMHS waiting times target, but they all have action plans in place. This week the Minister for Sport, Health Improvement and Mental Health spoke to all the board chairs in those seven health boards.

We are right to drive progress and we are right to set an even tougher target, to ensure that we can accelerate that progress. We are right to have put in the resources and we will continue to do the work to ensure that all young people who need the services get them within the time that they should expect to get them.



Meeting of the Parliament 26 February 2015 Business until 12:32 : Thursday, February 26, 2015
The First Minister (Nicola Sturgeon)

We have introduced the waiting times target that no one will wait longer than 18 weeks from referral to treatment for access to child and adolescent mental health services. However, when a child or young person is assessed as needing to access a service more urgently, they will be seen more quickly, sometimes on the same day. Since 2009, we have invested nearly £17 million and the specialist child and adolescent mental health services workforce has increased by 24 per cent. Of course, that is in the context of an increase of over 60 per cent in the number of children and young people seen over the past two years.



Meeting of the Parliament 26 February 2015 Business until 12:32 : Thursday, February 26, 2015
The First Minister

We will work to know that, because the allocation of the £100 million will follow the improvement plans that we agree with each local authority that is part of the attainment challenge. The ways in which we measure progress will be built into those improvement plans.

When we are setting out to tackle attainment and close the attainment gap, it is important that we have ways of assessing that what we are doing is working—or not, so that if what we are doing is not working we can stop doing it and do something else. We should not have bureaucracy for its own sake in our schools, but we should be able to measure progress, and that will be at the heart of the attainment challenge.



Meeting of the Parliament 26 February 2015 Business until 12:32 : Thursday, February 26, 2015
The First Minister

On this subject—the chances in life for our most vulnerable young people—can we not for goodness’ sake join together and work together to achieve? I am up for that. The test will be: is Labour?



Meeting of the Parliament 26 February 2015 Business until 12:32 : Thursday, February 26, 2015
The First Minister

I have heard comments from members of the Labour Party that I agree with, on the importance of this agenda and some of the practical actions that we have to take to meet it. I know that we are opponents and that we have vigorous and robust debates about the things that we disagree on, but—[Interruption.]



Meeting of the Parliament 26 February 2015 Business until 12:32 : Thursday, February 26, 2015
The First Minister

As Iain Gray has just demonstrated, work is under way to meet that commitment to ensure that all local authorities have access to the attainment advisers that will help them to raise attainment.

I would have hoped that this was an area in which we could try to achieve some consensus. [Interruption.]



Meeting of the Parliament 26 February 2015 Business until 12:32 : Thursday, February 26, 2015
The First Minister

Headteachers do a fantastic job and we should value highly the contribution that they make. Strong leadership and the best teachers are fundamental parts of improving attainment and achievement, which is why, on Monday, I announced that a masters qualification in headship will be introduced this year and will become mandatory for all new headteachers from 2018-19.

In our approach, we will continue to be led by lessons from the very best of practice elsewhere. Key education bodies such as Education Scotland, the Scottish College for Educational Leadership and the General Teaching Council for Scotland already play a significant role in seeking out and sharing good practice with practitioners across the country and will work in partnership with the local authorities that are initially involved in the Scottish attainment challenge to develop an improvement plan for their particular context, and then to identify the necessary resources that are required to support that plan.

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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-12182: Nicola Sturgeon, Glasgow Southside, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 27/01/2015 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11926: Nicola Sturgeon, Glasgow Southside, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 16/12/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11673: Nicola Sturgeon, Glasgow Southside, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 24/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11672: Nicola Sturgeon, Glasgow Southside, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 24/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11380: Nicola Sturgeon, Glasgow Southside, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 31/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11301: Nicola Sturgeon, Glasgow Southside, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 27/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11116.1: Nicola Sturgeon, Glasgow Southside, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 07/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10777: Nicola Sturgeon, Glasgow Southside, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 11/08/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10739: Nicola Sturgeon, Glasgow Southside, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 06/08/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10353.3: Nicola Sturgeon, Glasgow Southside, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 17/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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Question S2W-18574: Nicola Sturgeon, Glasgow, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 19/08/2005 Show Full Question >>
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