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The Coronavirus (COVID 19): Framework for Decision making: Scotland’s route map though and out of the crisis was published on the 21st May and provides an indication of the order in which the Scottish Government will carefully and gradually seek to lift restrictions. Phases are based on meeting particular criteria including those set by WHO (World Health Organisation). Phase 1 of easing the restriction measures in Scotland commenced on 21 May 2020; Phase 2 subsequently commenced on 19th June 2020. On 24 June 2020 the Scottish Government released an updated timeline for easing the restriction measures providing some indicative dates. It should be acknowledged that the Scottish Government will review and report on safely transitioning from one phase to another.

This guidance is for the CLD (Community Learning and Development) sector in Scotland which includes youth work and adult learning. It comes into effect on the first day of Phase 3 of the Scottish Government’s route map to recovery (9 July 2020) and extends until further notice. It will be reviewed regularly as required whilst easing out of lockdown. At a minimum the guidance will be reviewed in line with the three weekly review of lockdown requirements.

The Scottish Government policy context for the provision of CLD is outlined in the Strategic guidance for community planning partnerships: community learning and development (2012) and the Requirements for Community Learning and Development (Scotland) Regulations 2013 (“the CLD Regulations”).

The CLD Regulations are subordinate legislation made under section 2 of the Education (Scotland) Act 1980 (“the 1980 Act”). Section 1 of the 1980 Act requires each local authority to secure adequate and efficient provision in their area of both school education and further education, which in this context includes CLD and is not age limited. Section 2 of the 1980 Act allows the Scottish Ministers to prescribe requirements to which every local authority must conform when discharging its obligations under the 1980 Act.

This guidance does not amount to legal advice. CLD providers, staff, and volunteers may wish to seek their own advice to ensure compliance with all legal requirements.


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