The Commissioner for Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2003 was passed by the Scottish Parliament in March 2003 to make provision for a Children's ombudsman. It established the Children and Young People's Commissioner Scotland with the general function of promoting and safeguarding the rights of children and young people.
|Act of the Scottish Parliament|
|Long title||An Act of the Scottish Parliament to provide for the establishment and functions of a Commissioner for Children and Young People in Scotland; and for connected purposes.|
|Royal assent||1 May 2003|
Status: Current legislation
|History of passage through Parliament|
|Text of statute as originally enacted|
|Text of the Commissioner for Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2003 as in force today (including any amendments) within the United Kingdom, from legislation.gov.uk.|
The Education, Culture and Sport Committee looked into the need for a Children’s Commissioner in 2001. The consultation period ran from May 2001 and children were invited to give evidence in Holyrood. A report was published in February 2002. A further report published in July 2002 by the Education, Culture and Sport Committee proposed a Bill to appoint a Children’s Commissioner. The bill was published on 5 December.
The bill was introduced to Parliament on 15 January 2003. A subordinate legislation subcommittee was convened. The legislation was passed towards the end of the 1st Scottish Parliament on 26 March 2003. It received Royal Assent on 1 May 2003.
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- Session 1 Bills: Commissioner for Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2003 at www.parliament.scot