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Tobacco free generation website to encourage young people to stop smoking

A new website aimed at stopping young people in Scotland from becoming smokers has been launched. YouthLink Scotland, the national agency for youth work, said 13,000 young people in Scotland take up smoking each year. To mark national No Smoking Day on 9 March, the Tobacco Free Generation website was launched to offer young people… Read More


Manifesto maze published by Children and Young People’s Commissioner

A ‘manifesto maze’ which outlines some of the barriers children and young people face when trying to exercise their rights has been published by The Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland (CYPCS). The CYPCS have created the Maze through their work with children and young people which identifies key issues which are important to them…. Read More


Pregnancy and Parenthood in Young People Strategy launched

The Scottish Government has published a Pregnancy and Parenthood in Young People Strategy, setting out actions needed in order to tackle the cycle of deprivation associated with many cases of pregnancy in young people. The Strategy focuses on increasing the opportunities available to young people, to support their wellbeing and prosperity through life. It aims… Read More


Teenage girls exposed to ‘positive’ images of smoking and drinking, research finds

Teenagers are being exposed to positive images of smoking and drinking when watching online music videos, according to research, the BBC reports. According to researchers at the University of Nottingham, such portrayals posed a “significant health hazard” which requires appropriate regulatory control. Using pollsters YouGov, researchers asked 2,068 11- to 18-year-olds and 2,232 over-19s whether… Read More


Suicide Prevention Tool launched by the Samaritans and Facebook

A new Suicide Prevention Tool where people can report worrying Facebook posts and can get access to advice has been launched by the Samaritans and the social network Facebook, The Guardian reports. The tool works by asking users to flag and report posts from friends that cause concern. These posts will then be reviewed by… Read More


Mental health charities launch declaration of rights

Mental health charities have launched a declaration of rights demanding people are able to participate in decisions affecting their care. The Scottish Recovery Network (SRN), See Me and Voices Of Experience (VOX) have collaborated to set out nineteen rights they believe are often denied to people with mental health problems.


New Victims’ Code launched by Scottish Government

A new Victims’ Code which aims to improve victims’ experience of the criminal justice system has been launched by Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs Paul Wheelhouse. The Code sets out the rights of victims of crime, such as the right to interpretation and translation and information about the release of offenders. New measures… Read More


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