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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
Nearly a quarter of 12 to 20-year-olds who’ve been bullied go on to bully other children and teenagers according to the annual bullying survey published by charity Ditch the Label. The findings also suggest that more than twice as many boys (66 per cent) as girls (31 per cent) bully. Half of all children and… Read More
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.