MSPs are asking for the public to share their views on the support that is currently available for disabled children and young people as they grow into adulthood. 

The findings will be considered by the Scottish Parliament’s Education, Children and Young People Committee as part of their scrutiny of a Bill which seeks to introduce more structured support for disabled children and young people in their transition to adulthood. 

The Bill has been proposed by Pam Duncan-Glancy, following on from work started by Johann Lamont in the last session of Parliament. 

If passed, the Bill would make three main changes to the law: 

  • the Scottish Government would need to have a strategy explaining how they are going to improve opportunities for disabled children and young people 
  • a Scottish Government minister would be placed in charge of improving opportunities for disabled children and young people moving into adulthood 
  • local authorities would need to have plans for each disabled child and young person as they move into adulthood 

Member of the Education, Children and Young People Committee Ruth Maguire MSP said: 

“Our Committee wants to hear the views of disabled children and young people, their parents and their carers, on the support that is currently available to help with the transition to adulthood. 

We know that this stage is a significant milestone in a young person’s life, and it is important that we hear directly from those with lived experience, to make sure that the right support is available. 

The Committee’s call for views and survey on the Bill is now open and people can share their views until 27 October 2022.” 

Share your view on the Bill with us by completing a short survey or detailed consultation  https://www.parliament.scot/bills-and-laws/bills/disabled-children-and-young-people-transitions-to-adulthood-scotland-bill-session-6/stage-1#views