Our Stakeholder Charter
As part of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014, Bòrd na Gàidhlig has now legally been designated as a Corporate Parent. This means that we now have statutory duties to fulfil with regard to looked after children and young people (LACYP) and care leavers. The responsibility for fulfilling these duties lies across the organisation, although ultimate responsibility lies with the Board and our Senior Management Team.
Definition of a Corporate Parent
Whilst there is a comprehensive definition of a ‘Corporate Parent’ provided in section 56 of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014, for the purposes of this Plan the following definition, taken from the statutory guidance for part 9 of the Act (PDF), will be used. Corporate Parenting is:
“An organisation’s performance of actions necessary to uphold the rights and safeguard the wellbeing of a looked after child or care leaver, and through which physical, emotional, spiritual, social and educational development is promoted.”
The duties of a Corporate Parent must be fulfilled for all looked after children and young people and care leavers. The Act sets out a series of six
specific duties which corporate parents must fulfil. They are:
It is the duty of every corporate parent, in so far as consistent with the proper exercise of its other functions –
a) To be alert to matters which, or which might, adversely affect the wellbeing of children and young people to whom this Part (ie, part 9 of the Act) applies,
b) To assess the needs of those children and young people for services and support it provides
c) To promote the interests of those children and young people,
d) To seek to provide those children and young people with opportunities to participate in activities designed to promote their wellbeing,
e) To take such action as it considers appropriate to help those children and young people –
i. To access opportunities it provides in pursuance of paragraph (d),
ii. To make use of services, and access support, which it provides, and
f) To take such other action as it considers appropriate for the purposes of improving the way in which it exercises its functions in relation to those children and young people (Section 58, Children and Young People
(Scotland) Act, 2014)
The purpose of the Action Plan is to set out the actions which Bòrd na Gàidhlig will undertake until April 2018 in order to fulfil our statutory duties as a Corporate Parent. The aims of the plan take into consideration the Public Sector Equality Duty and are:
● to make sure that Bòrd na Gàidhlig fulfils its duties in a way which is consistent with its functions to increase the number of people speaking, using and learning Gaelic in Scotland and the number of situations in which it is used
● to ensure all Bòrd na Gàidhlig staff are aware that the organisation is a Corporate Parent and the duties it must fulfil
● to have created a set of proposed actions which Bòrd na Gàidhlig will undertake and report on to Scottish Government
● to enable looked after children and young people and care leavers to access opportunities in speaking, using and learning Gaelic in Scotland.
The Bòrd has developed the Corporate Plan 18-23 which matches the priorities of the National Gaelic Language Plan 2018-23. It contains a clear vision, with priority actions and performance indicators which will measure progress. The Corporate Plan also sets the framework for the Bòrd’s annual operating plan. Progress against the Corporate Plan will be measured each year and the Plan will be reviewed in light of that as well as any changes in our operating context to ensure that our work is aligned with the most important needs.
Our work is also required to contribute to Scottish Government’s National Performance Outcomes and progress towards them will also be monitored.
Executive Non-Departmental Public Body Framework Document
The framework document has been drawn up by the Scottish Government in consultation with Bòrd na Gàidhlig.
It sets out the broad framework within which Bòrd na Gàidhlig will operate and defines key roles and responsibilities which underpin the relationship between Bòrd na Gàidhlig and the Scottish Government and forms a key part of the accountability and governance framework.
A complaint may be made to any member of staff and it is the member of staff’s responsibility to deal with your complaint in accordance with Bòrd na Gàidhlig’s Complaints Policy and Procedure.
You can make your complaint in writing, by phone, in person, by email or by any other permanent media you find most appropriate, such as a recording on CD or tape.
For a copy of Bòrd na Gàidhlig’s Complaints Policy and Procedure please see below or contact us at:
Bòrd na Gàidhlig
Great Glen House
Tel: 01463 225 454
Public Services Reform (Scotland) Act 2010
31 and 32 of the Public Services Reform (Scotland) Act 2010 imposes a duty on the Scottish Government and listed public bodies to publish information on the following types of expenditure as soon as reasonably practicable after each year end:
- Public relations
- Overseas Travel
- Hospitality and entertainment
- External consultancy
- Individual payments greater than £25,000
Expenditure and Payments over 25K