Responsibility for the all-age health policy area is spread across three health-related Directorates of the Scottish Government. In addition, the Learning Directorate has responsibility for health and well-being education in secondary schools. There is no single body with specific policy responsibility for the health of children and young people. There are specific services, however, such as CAMHS (child and adolescent mental health services) and school nursing services. These are among the topics covered in this chapter.
Scotland’s first sport strategy for children and young people was published in 2014 and covers a ten-year period. It aims to encourage ‘lifelong participation in sport’. The key themes are:
- providing opportunities for children and young people to participate in sport
- developing and supporting leaders and workers
- providing great places to be active through sport
- celebrating and communicating opportunities to take part in sport and the talents and successes of children and young people.
The strategy is inclusive, stating that ‘sport should be for all, regardless of age, gender, race, disability, geography or other factors which could limit participation’.