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Underwear Rule guide for children with a learning disability

30 June 2014

A new version of the NSPCC's successful campaign the Underwear Rule is being launched today to help parents teach children with a learning disability about sexual abuse. The NSPCC and Mencap have joined forces this Child Safety Week to make the popular guide accessible for both parents and children with a learning disability. With more people than ever before contacting the NSPCC helpline (0808 800 5000) about sexual abuse and research indicating that disabled children are three times more vulnerable1 - both the NSPCC and Mencap are encouraging parents to talk PANTS with their children to help keep them safe.

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New Wellbeing Website for Young People

Scottish Government | 30 June 2014

The Scottish Government has just launched a new website showcasing the work of a group of young people who won our Wellbeing Competition.  The website is all about you and your wellbeing – and what the adults in your life need to do to help you, if you need some more support at some point. Most young people have a loving family to support them. And with teachers, youth workers and others around you as well, hopefully you’ll have everything you need to help make sure your wellbeing is as good as it can be. But we just can’t say who might need some extra help at some point if things aren’t going so well. And that’s why we think it’s so important that everyone should be aiming to get it right for every child (GIRFEC for short). 

If we can catch any problems early on, maybe we can stop them getting too big and out of control. GIRFEC encourages all the adults in your life to look out for your wellbeing and offer help if you or your family need it. The idea of GIRFEC comes from the Scottish Government, but this website is by and for young people to show you what’s being done in schools and elsewhere to support your wellbeing. ...

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Financial Harm Across Lanarkshire

30 June 2014

Implementation of the Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007 has shown that financial harm is widespread, commonly linked with other forms of harm and is still largely under detected and under reported. North Lanarkshire Adult Protection Committee is seeking to raise public awareness of this area of concern. It is likely that members of the public are more aware of the harm that can be caused by bogus callers, or by scams perpetrated through either telephone calls, mail or the internet. It is the case however that adults who are vulnerable, and perhaps dependent on others, are also at risk of being financially exploited by those in positions of trust. That could be family members, friends, neighbours or those who provide support.  In conjunction with South Lanarkshire, the Adult Protection Committees have commissioned posters and postcards as one way to help raise awareness. It is hoped that this may encourage people to recognise situations of financial harm, and more importantly to raise their concerns by calling the telephone numbers provided. · North Lanarkshire Social Work: 01698 403170 · South Lanarkshire Social Work: 0303 123 1008

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Call for public to shape care of the future

26 June 2014

Consultation on principles of care

Organisations and members of the public across Scotland are being offered the opportunity to give their views on the standards of care that people receive. Scots are being asked to respond to a consultation on Scotland’s National Care Standards, which covers services such as nurseries and childminders, care homes for older people, housing support services, hospice care and independent hospitals. The consultation, which launches on Wednesday, sets out a range of human rights-based proposals for developing new standards that improve the quality of care and protect vulnerable people.

These standards will be used by national inspection watchdogs, Care Inspectorate and Healthcare Improvement Scotland, to measure the quality of services and ensure people are being looked after in accordance with their rights. The new set of standards will replace the care standards published in 2002.

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The consultation will run from 25 June to 17 September 2014 and can be accessed via the Scottish Government website

Young Carers Week 9-15 June

17 June 2014

A new, safe social network – designed by and for young adult carers – was launched by Dundee Carers Centre and Abertay University. The project has run for almost a year, with staff, volunteers and carers involved with Dundee Carers Centre working with the university’s computing experts.

The UPBEET social media site is thought to be the first of its kind – developing a private, safe version of sites like Facebook, specifically for young adult carers aged 16 to 30. The site is being launched during the UK-wide Carers Week, which runs from 9-15 June.  

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New campaign to prevent female genital mutilation in the UK

12 June 2014

The Home Office has secured £250,000 from the EU PROGRESS fund to put a stop to female genital mutilation (FGM) in the UK.   

  • FGM can have serious consequences for a woman’s health and in some instances can lead to death (infections, severe pain, bleeding and tetanus are just some of the short term consequences). 
  • Women who have had FGM are significantly more likely to experience difficulties during childbirth and may need to have a caesarean section, or experience dangerously heavy bleeding after the birth of the baby and prolonged hospitalisation following the birth. Also, their babies are more likely to die as a result of the practice.
  • In the long term women can suffer pain and discomfort during sex, chronic pain, infection, cysts, abscesses, difficulties with periods and fertility problems. 
  • Women can also often suffer severe psychological trauma, including flashbacks and depression.
  • FGM is a serious criminal offence in the UK with a maximum penalty of 14 years in prison for anyone found guilty of the offence. 

For further information, advice and support there is a 24-hour NSPCC FGM helpline  - 0800 028 3550.

You can also visit the FGM pages of the NSPCC website where members of the public and professionals can get help, advice and support on FGM issues.