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Call to end stigma about children in care

A 22 year old student, who was placed in a residential care unit when he was 12, is backing a campaign that seeks to overturn the discrimination that children in care can face in later life. Harry O’Neill is part of a Scottish Government supported poster campaign from Who Cares? Scotland that aims to challenge… Read More

UN Committee to examine Scottish Government’s progress in children’s rights

The Scottish Alliance for Children’s Rights newsletter highlights that on 23-24 May, a UN Committee will be examining the Scottish and UK Government’s progress in implementing the UNCRC. The Committee will direct a series of questions to a delegation of UK officials, including a Scottish Government official, to assess the extent to which children’s rights… Read More

UK Government creates new national child protection institution (England)

The UK Government will create a new national Centre of Expertise to tackle child abuse, reports the Children and Young People Now website. The Centre will receive up to £8million in grant funding, with work beginning in August 2016. The institution is a core element of the Government’s Child Sexual Exploitation Action Plan and will… Read More

Research commission for mental health, wellbeing and young carers

The Children and Young People’s Commissioner for Scotland (CYPCS) is undertaking research that explores mental health, wellbeing and young carers. The research will aim to identify the concerns and key issues young carers have around how their responsibilities affect their mental health and wellbeing. The project will run from July to October 2016.

‘A picture of loss’ project to explore loss with young people in care

The Centre for Youth & Criminal Justice is undertaking a project that seeks to work with young people in care to explore their experiences of loss through creative means: photography, storyboards and photo-interviewing techniques. With the support of creative professionals, the project aims to explore the nature and experience of loss in a young person’s… Read More

LGBT History Month – Kieran’s Story

As a part of LGBT History Month, Who Cares Scotland have published ‘Kieran’s Story’, in which the author talks about the support structures that the care system provided him with to overcome the ‘loneliness and isolation’ he felt when he was taken into care and later came out as LGBT. Kieran also encourages others to… Read More

BBC and Google collaborate in online child safety initiative

A new initiative to promote online safety for children has been launched by the BBC and Google, The Guardian reports. Set up in 2014, ‘Internet Matters’ is an initiative that teaches parent and children about issues such as cyberbullying and protecting privacy. As part of the initiative, the BBC is collaborating on an online guide… Read More

New Playday website launched

A new look Playday website, including tips to help plan a successful and fun Playday event has been launched by Play Scotland. The group has also developed a survey looking at behaviour and attitudes to play in and around the home for children aged 8-12 years living in Scotland.

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