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Centre for Youth & Criminal Justice publishes secure care project report

The Centre for Youth & Criminal Justice (CYCJ) has published a report summarising the key messages emerging from the Secure Care National Project. The project was commissioned to undertake an independent, analytical and practice focused review of secure care provision. The report makes recommendations including: A Secure National Board and a strategic vision, direction and… Read More


Children’s Commissioner publishes report of food security

The Children’s Commissioner for Scotland has published a report about the views of children living in Scotland who experience food insecurity. The report calls on the Scottish Government to ‘top up’ child benefit payments to the poorest families in Scotland and highlights evidence that finds food insecurity can have negative impact on a child’s health,… Read More


Scottish Human Rights Commission publishes annual report

The Scottish Human Rights Commission has published its Annual Report for 2015 – 2016. The report finds that Scotland is pursuing a positive path in advancing rights, however where significant gaps exist the report makes policy recommendations to address them. The Commission has also produced a film made by children and young people to tell… Read More


New guide for children on UNCRC

A new guide for children and young people on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) has been published by the Scottish Government. The guide explains the 42 Articles of the UNCRC and also contains a statement by Scotland’s Children’s Commissioner about listening to children’s views and ensuring their rights are… Read More


Website that tackles care stigma highlighted at ceremony

Reclaimcare.co.uk, a website which aims to tackle the stigma around care experienced children, has gained commendations at the Scottish Creative Awards. The website was developed as part of The Fostering Network’s Inspiring Voices project and was commended in the Online Campaign and Digital/Social Media Strategy categories. The website allows care experienced young people to challenge… Read More


Local council launches campaign to support looked after-children

Fife Council has launched a campaign to mark National Care Leavers Week that aims to support looked after children in the local community, alongside the creation of a dedicated website for these young people, the Courier reports. The campaign will specifically ask the local community not to look down on care experienced care people and… Read More


Who Cares? Scotland highlights importance of care system review

A leader article published on the Who Cares? Scotland website states the importance of the Scottish Government’s proposed independent review of the care system. The author believes that the participation of care experienced young people in the review will ensure that Scotland will be the best place to grow up as a care experienced child…. Read More


Iriss publishes conversation tool for care leavers

To coincide with National Care Leavers Week Scotland, Iriss has published a tool that supports continuing relationships for young people leaving in care alongside new case studies on its use. This tool can be used to support practitioners, individually and in groups, reflect on their views and values when continuing to care for young people… Read More


Research published on drug attitudes in adolescents

The Scottish Government has published survey evidence that shows softening drug attitudes in adolescents in Scotland. The Scottish Schools Adolescent Lifestyle and Substance Use Survey , undertaken between September 2015 and January 2016, found that around 24 per cent of 15 year olds thought it was ‘ok’ for someone of their age to try cannabis,… Read More


Transition for young people with support needs survey

ARC Scotland has launched a survey to seek the views of young people and their parents and carers in order to map the availability of planning and support for people aged 14 – 25 years who have additional support needs in Scotland. The evidence from the survey will help better understand how people with additional… Read More


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