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parental rights and involvement

Note: all reference to parents here includes carers too.

Many parents are happy to have the peace of mind that good quality out of school and holiday care provides for their children and, as long as their child is happy, do not want much more involvement than a quick chat when picking up their children, or the longer meeting for the six monthly children's plan update, required by the service. This is fine, however, services are obliged to ensure that parental views, opinion and participation at some level with the service are encouraged, and it is good practice for even a busy parent, to keep up to date with information on the service's plans, inspection grading, changes to contracts, premises, costs and staff; all of which could impact on them and their children.

Many parents are also not that aware of the fact that over half of stand-alone (i.e. not combined with under five care) out of school care services are actually managed by voluntary committees; usually made up of parents who use, or used to use the service. Since out of school care is not a statutory right in Scotland, and is never directly managed by schools even if located the school premises, sometimes it is a surprise for parents to find out the service they rely on depends on the behind the scene work of other parent users of the service.

Parents should ask questions abouthow the service:

Responsibilities: With rights, come responsibilities, therefore, the service will ask, in return, from children and parents that:

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