3 Oct 2012
The Scottish Conservatives are backing new proposals to give more support to parents to ensure children grow up in a stable and secure environment.
The Scottish Government have published their National Parenting Strategy, which provides practical support and advice for parents.
The report also includes plans to give new legal rights to kinship carers.
Scottish Conservative Education spokeswoman Liz Smith MSP said:
“It is imperative that we do all we can to ensure that our children grow up in a safe and loving environment.
“To that end, I warmly welcome the publication of the National Parenting Strategy.
“Measures such as increased and more flexible childcare provision will help hard-pressed parents find it easier to balance work and family life and I also welcome plans to create a new legal order for kinship carers.
“Kinship carers play a crucial role in the lives of thousands of our most vulnerable children, and it is right and proper that they are to be given greater support than they currently receive.
“I also welcome the emphasis on further engaging parents in their child’s education.
“It is widely accepted that attainment levels increase when parents and schools work together and it is heartening to note that the Scottish Government is cooperating with the National Parent Forum to help ensure that parents are at the heart of the new Curriculum for Excellence.”
Notes to editors
The full report is here: