Anti-bullying charity Ditch the Label has published the findings of its latest annual survey on bullying in the UK. The charity surveyed 3,600 children in collaboration with schools and colleges across the UK. The survey found that 50% of young people have bullied another person, 30% of which do it at least once a week…. Read More
Who Cares? Scotland is hosting an event to bring together young people from around the world with a shared experience of being in care.
Revising for tests and exams is really important! Young Scot have a few tips on how to get the most from it.
Try out ‘Stressheads’ – a new app to help 16 to 25 year olds cope with stress. Launched by the digital charity YouthNet, this free app was designed by a group of young volunteers to provide help young people to manage stress.
The NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children) is working with the Channel 4 drama Hollyoaks for a new story line about child abuse within the family. The NSPCC will offer online support during key episodes.
Acting Children’s Minister Fiona McLeod has written to the Scottish Parliament’s Equal Opportunities Committee on steps being taken to prevent homelessness among young people. Read her letter here
Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People has highlighted five of his concerns for children’s rights in Scotland as part of his written evidence to the UK Joint Committee for Human Rights (JCHR). These include problems with engagement and participation, child poverty and poor access to mental health services. Find out what the Education (Scotland)… Read More
Care experienced young people should have a statutory right to independent, professional advocacy, according to Who Cares Scotland? Chief Executive Duncan Dunlop. Writing in The Scotsman, Mr Dunlop argues that looked after young people and care leavers are often faced with making important and difficult decisions on their own and suggests that a right to… Read More
A range of things to improve support for looked after children and young people came into effect on 1 April. The changes, introduced through the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act, mean that teenagers in residential, foster or kinship care who turn 16 will now be entitled to stay in care until they are 21…. Read More
A new leaflet to help young people understand their rights has been produced by Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People. It tells young people what their rights are and what the Commissioner can do for them.
Disadvantaged children have been disproportionately affected by the current economic climate according to a Westminster report. In its report on UK Compliance with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), the Joint Committee on Human Rights is disappointed that certain policy developments have “worked against the best interests of children” and calls… Read More
This new report focuses on low income, social security and unemployment, health, education, in-work poverty, low pay, housing and anti-poverty priorities and actions. Young adults under thirty are now at a higher risk than any other age group of experiencing poverty in Scotland – the only age group to have seen an increase over the… Read More
A report exploring how young people can become active participants in shaping youth justice policy and practice has been published by the Centre for Youth and Criminal Justice (CYCJ). The CYCJ commissioned Space Unlimited to produce the report, engaging with a wide range of young people on their experiences and ideas for making improvements in… Read More
Are you aged 10 – 17? The Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration (SCRA) has just launched a wellbeing survey for supported children and young people. So get involved and tell them your views.
The Scottish Human Rights Commission (SHRC) has delivered an oral statement at the 28th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, calling for action to address the impact of austerity measures on children and young people. SHRC repeated its call for the UNCRC to be fully incorporated into Scotland’s legal system, highlighted… Read More
This delivers a better package of legislative rights for care experienced children and young people. The Scottish Government wants to make Scotland the best place to grow up for ALL children and young people. To do this, they placed a range of enhanced and new provisions into this Act which were consulted on widely, starting… Read More