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Article describes the reality around adoption in Scotland

An article on the Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland (CELCIS) website discusses the rewards and challenges that adoption brings for potential adoptive parents. The author, Director Scotland at Adoption UK, describes the early decisions that have to be taken in pursuit of permanent homes for young people, as well as the… Read More

Blog post discusses Alumni of Care Leavers

A blog post on the Who Cares? Scotland website discusses the benefits of the Alumni of Care Leavers, a group for care experienced people. The author, now a Senior Residential Care Worker, describes how the group helped her come to feel empowered by her care experience and how she wishes to impart the identity on… Read More

The search is on for Scotland’s young bloggers

CYPCS (Children and  Young People’s Commissioner Scotland) are looking for 14 to 17-year-old volunteers to find the most interesting content from across the web to share with other young people. They’d like them to blog for at least 3 months, starting in December 2016. This will involve: finding at least two stories, videos or bits of… Read More

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, 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

Barnardo’s research finds lack of confidence in young people

New research undertaken by Barnardo’s has found that 88 per cent of young people in Britain say they ‘lack confidence and doubt they will succeed in life’. The survey also found that young people in the UK feel increasing pressure to perform in all aspects of their lives: only 17 per cent felt were confident… Read More

New research calls for better relationships to reduce criminalisation

The Centre for Youth and Criminal Justice (CYCJ) has published a study which has found that better relationships between the police and young people, wider support for residential workers and clearer communication could reduce the criminalisation of young people in care. The report explores how practitioners make the decision to involve police in incidents and… Read More

Independent review of care system to be conducted

The First Minister has announced an independent review into Scotland’s care system, which will be done with the participation of those people who have experience of care. The review will examine the culture and practices of the existing system, aiming to build on existing strengths to make it work better for those in care.

NHS scrutiny body issues ‘sexting’ guidelines (England)

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has issued new guidelines on what is known as harmful sexual behaviour. The guidelines include advice on ‘sexting’ (sending sexually explicit pictures or messages via smartphone) alongside other age inappropriate sexual behaviour. The guidance focuses on children and young people who are the sole offenders of… Read More

Schools sign up to Reading Challenge

Over 1,000 Scottish schools have signed up to the First Minister’s Reading Challenge, an initiative which encourages children and young people to enjoy books. The initiative is backed by the Scottish Book Trust and aims to help school and communities work together to build positive attitudes towards reading.

Young people will have chance to shape the future of their schools

An engagement process has begun between the Scottish Government and school pupils in order to inform the new major school governance review, which was announced by Deputy First Minister John Swinney. The three month engagement programme will be taken forward by Young Scot alongside Children in Scotland and Scottish Youth Parliament and aims to secure… Read More

Childline sees marked increase in calls about suicide

The NSPCC has reported an increase in the calls to its helpline from youngsters contemplating suicide over the past year. Childline’s annual report for 2015/16 ‘It Turned Out Someone Did Care’ shows that it received 934 call and online inquiries from children in Scotland, creating an average of 18 a week Childline carried out an… Read More

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