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– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 9th March 2011.

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Photo of Kenneth Macintosh Kenneth Macintosh Labour

Question S3W-39536

To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3W-37945 by Adam Ingram on 14 December 2010, which officials attended the meeting on 21 October 2010 and what the key actions were.

Photo of Adam Ingram Adam Ingram Scottish National Party

The new Additional Support Needs National Advocacy Service will be delivered by a partnership between Barnardo’s and the Scottish Child Law Centre.

Barnardo’s, which submitted the application on behalf of the partners, was informed that the application had been successful on 15 October 2010. A short introductory meeting was held with Barnardo’s and the Scottish Child Law Centre on 21 October 2010 to provide feedback on the application, meet key individuals who would be involved in delivering the service and discuss key actions in disseminating information. The Scottish Government was represented by Rachel Sunderland.

Meeting participants recognised that whilst it was important to move quickly in establishing the new service it was essential that information remained confidential until all applicants had been informed of the outcome. A timetable for disseminating information was therefore provisionally agreed and key contacts identified in the event of further queries. Discussion also focused on the importance of ensuring minimal disruption in the service provided to parents and young people during the transition to the new national advocacy service. It was agreed that early meetings between Barnardo’s, the Scottish Child Law Centre and organisations currently providing advocacy would be helpful.

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