Results 1–20 of 457 for speaker:Maree Todd

Scottish Parliament: Reading Opportunities (Under-fives) (19 Jun 2019)

Maree Todd: Under-fives across Scotland will benefit from our transformational investment in early learning and childcare. Children in Maryhill and Springburn are already benefiting from early phasing of the expanded offer. In addition, there are 11 equity and excellence leads currently working in the constituency. Those additional graduate professionals provide support to children in our most...

Scottish Parliament: Reading Opportunities (Under-fives) (19 Jun 2019)

Maree Todd: Yes, I am aware of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. On a personal basis, I am a huge fan of her music but her passion for reading and the work that she has done to improve literacy have been incredible and worldwide. The initiative was launched in Scotland in 2011 and, to date, the Scottish Government has provided funding for the programme to operate nationally. In the last year, 33,451...

Scottish Parliament: Disclosure (Scotland) Bill (13 Jun 2019)

Maree Todd: The Scottish Government is committed to policies that balance public protection with the right to move on from past offences. Those are not contradictory aims; both can be achieved. Since November 2016, when the Deputy First Minister announced the review of Scotland’s disclosure regime, we have engaged extensively with stakeholders to achieve that balance. Last summer, following...

Scottish Parliament: Disclosure (Scotland) Bill (13 Jun 2019)

Maree Todd: I thank the member for that question and I welcome the broad support for the bill. The member asked about the additional costs resulting from the mandatory nature of the scheme. The reason why we are making it mandatory is because there have been incidents in the past when we realised that it was not clear whether someone needed to be disclosed. As a result of those incidents, we realised...

Scottish Parliament: Disclosure (Scotland) Bill (13 Jun 2019)

Maree Todd: Many organisations, such as in health and education, already see the scheme as mandatory, so I do not think that there will be an extra cost for them. They will make decisions about whether they will continue to pay or whether individuals must pay for themselves—that is for them to work out. On the complexities, the bill is very complex and technical and it will take a great deal of effort...

Scottish Parliament: Disclosure (Scotland) Bill (13 Jun 2019)

Maree Todd: I broadly welcome the support for the bill, which I was pleased to hear about. We will certainly provide good training and awareness, so that the voluntary sector is able to navigate the new system well. With regard to the five-year limit, Pauline McNeill will have heard me say to Liz Smith that more than 1.2 million people are members of the PVG scheme and undergo criminal record checks...

Scottish Parliament: Disclosure (Scotland) Bill (13 Jun 2019)

Maree Todd: Simplifying the system will make it more robust because it will make it easier for people to engage with it and there will be greater clarity about which product is required. A number of simplifications are included in the bill: all the disclosures will be issued under one act; the number of disclosure products will reduce from 10 to four, which will reduce confusion; and the implementation...

Scottish Parliament: Disclosure (Scotland) Bill (13 Jun 2019)

Maree Todd: Members can certainly consider that as the bill progresses through Parliament. As I said in my response to John Finnie’s question, one of the simplifications in the bill is the removal of the concept of regulated work, so that a person’s need to be a full member of the PVG scheme relies not on their job title but on whether there is a power imbalance and whether the person holds power...

Scottish Parliament: Disclosure (Scotland) Bill (13 Jun 2019)

Maree Todd: Yes, I whole-heartedly agree with that. For most offenders, the passage of time and the adoption of a crime-free lifestyle provide a basis for their accessing work and making a greater contribution to society. However, we recognise that the situation can be very difficult for employers. That is why I encourage employers who are wary of employing people with convictions to sign up to release...

Scottish Parliament: Disclosure (Scotland) Bill (13 Jun 2019)

Maree Todd: We are intensely focused on the digital programme, and we are confident that the system is at an appropriate stage and will be completed in time for the delivery of the new services. Our transformation programme continued throughout 2018-19. Disclosure Scotland’s new PASS—protecting and safeguarding Scotland—technology platform began to process applications in June 2018, and, by the end...

Scottish Parliament: Disclosure (Scotland) Bill (13 Jun 2019)

Maree Todd: Indeed. We fully agree that alternatives to the digital service must be provided. Although our engagement with counterpart services elsewhere in the United Kingdom has shown that the vast majority of people are able to access and use well-designed digital services, it remains vital that those who cannot do so are catered for. To that end, my officials will carry out full engagement with users...

Scottish Parliament: Disclosure (Scotland) Bill (13 Jun 2019)

Maree Todd: The fees are not set out in the bill; we are in the process of working out the fees that will be applied. I think that the member is asking about transitional arrangements between the lifetime membership and the five-year membership, and we are working carefully to ensure that that transitional system is fair.

Scottish Parliament: Disclosure (Scotland) Bill (13 Jun 2019)

Maree Todd: The proposals in the bill take forward the recommendation of the advisory group on the age of criminal responsibility that consideration be given to ceasing the disclosure of convictions that were accrued by someone before the age of 18. The Disclosure (Scotland) Bill contains proposals that childhood convictions will no longer be disclosed automatically and that, if ministers decide that the...

Scottish Parliament: Disclosure (Scotland) Bill (13 Jun 2019)

Maree Todd: I will give the member some figures relating to the disclosure applications that Disclosure Scotland receives every year. In 2018, Disclosure Scotland processed 647,410 checks. In an average week, Disclosure Scotland processes 5,000 PVG applications, and it checks approximately 1.2 million criminal records on a daily basis, as I have said. Despite those incredibly high numbers, in 2017-18,...

Scottish Parliament: Disclosure (Scotland) Bill (13 Jun 2019)

Maree Todd: Disclosure Scotland carried out three rounds of engagement before publishing a formal consultation in April 2018. To ensure a high level of stakeholder engagement, it used a number of channels and methods throughout the pre-consultation process. A wide range of participants took part in the pre-consultation engagement, and Disclosure Scotland engaged in person with more than 350 organisation...

Scottish Parliament: Disclosure (Scotland) Bill (13 Jun 2019)

Maree Todd: I am sure that, on that issue as on many of the other proposals in the bill, Parliament will scrutinise the bill and members will lodge amendments that they wish to see in the final legislation. During the passage of the bill, we will see whether those amendments are appropriate.

Scottish Parliament: Disclosure (Scotland) Bill (13 Jun 2019)

Maree Todd: In the past, the concept of “regulated work” has led to some confusion about who should or should not be a PVG member. That is why we are switching from the old system, which focused more on job roles and establishments, to a system that will allow us to evaluate a wider range of roles for the presence of power and influence. One example, which has been topical over the past few years, is...

Scottish Parliament: Child Safety Week 2019 (5 Jun 2019)

Maree Todd: I thank Clare Adamson for lodging a really important motion. Maintaining the safety of our children is of the utmost importance, and the Scottish Government remains committed to that—as it does to improving safety for everyone across Scotland. It has been great to hear what members across the chamber have said about all the innovative work that is going on throughout Scotland to help...

Scottish Parliament: Child Safety Week 2019 (5 Jun 2019)

Maree Todd: I agree that that is concerning. I grew up in a small fishing village and represent the Highlands and Islands region, which has a vast and beautiful coastline. Nowadays, we are well aware of the risks of water, but accidents seem to keep occurring with devastating regularity. I am sure that drowning is preventable, so anything that we can do to tackle the risks should be done. The Scottish...

Scottish Parliament: Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (28 May 2019)

Maree Todd: I am pleased to speak for the Scottish Government on the Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Bill. As the Minister for Children and Young People, I see the bill as forming a key part of our work to ensure that Scotland is the best place in the world in which to grow up. I thank John Finnie and his team for their hard work and dedication in progressing the bill. I also thank...


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