What is child abuse? Child abuse is when someone harms a child or young person. Abuse can be physical, emotional, or sexual. It can also include neglect.
16 July 2015
Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People is Tam Baillie. He works to protect the rights of children and young people.
Children, young people and adults can now contact SCCYP for free on 0800 019 1179― from both mobile phones and landlines.
Previously, mobile service providers were able to charge for calls to 0800 numbers, even if they were free to call from a landline. However, this practice has now been abolished across the UK, meaning we are able to provide the service for free across all devices.
Visit SCCYP website
15 July 2015
Parents and carers of young children are being encouraged to respond to a Scottish Government survey on proposed national changes to early learning and childcare entitlement.
The Scottish Government has proposed to increase the provision of free early learning and childcare by 2020 from 600 hours to 1,140 hours per year for children who are three or four years old, as well as for two year olds whose parents/carers are on qualifying benefits.
They are conducting a survey to look at how parents would wish to use the increase, with the results being used to guide policy on early years child care provision.
Complete the survey - closes at the end of July.
06 July 2015
The National Confidential Forum aims to improve the health and well-being of children placed in institutional care in Scotland by learning from your experience.
The National Confidential Forum (the Forum) has been set up as part of the Victims and Witnesses (Scotland) Act 2014. The Scottish Government has legislated for and funded the Forum to show the importance given to the experiences of adults who were in institutional care as children. However, the Forum operates independently from the government.
More information on the National Confidential Forum
In 2005, the Scottish Government launched the National Strategy for Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse. This sets out a strategic way forward to improve services for survivors, to ensure greater priority and joined-up working in national and local mainstream services, and improve the lives of all who have suffered childhood trauma.
It also aims to:
Improve the quality of life of survivors of childhood abuse
; raise public awareness
; improve knowledge and awareness
; develop training and skills for frontline workers.