Have your say on Scotland's new National Care Standards

29 October 2015

The Care Inspectorate and Healthcare Improvement Scotland are developing Scotland’s new National Care Standards with people using services, care and support providers and other interested parties. We are starting by consulting on these new principles, which will apply to hospitals, NHS surgeries, social work departments, early learning and childcare, care and support providers and many more.

This involves you! Help us to develop the new standards and shape the future of health and social care in Scotland – for you, your friends and your family.

Complete the online survey

O2 and NSPCC Online Safety helpline

16 October 2015

Some issues are easier to talk through.  O2 and NSPCC have set up a free helpline to help you keep children safe online. Please call 0808 800 5002. You can get advice from our experts on anything you’re not sure about, including:

  • Setting up parental controls on your computer or other devices
  • Help adjusting privacy settings
  • Understanding social networks
  • Concerns about online gaming

Clare's Law abuse scheme rolled out across Scotland from today

01 October 2015

The scheme which allows people to be told if their partner has been violent in the past has been introduced in Scotland from today. Police Scotland’s Disclosure Scheme for Domestic Abuse (DSDAD), also known as ‘Clare’s Law’, was trialed for six months in Ayrshire and Aberdeen and saw 22 people warned that their partners had a history of domestic abuse. Clare's Law was introduced across England and Wales in March 2014 and is named after Clare Wood, who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend in Salford, Greater Manchester in 2009. She was unaware of his history of violence against women.

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Inquiry into historical care abuse gets under way in Scotland

01 October 2015

The Scottish Government pledged to ''shine a light in the dark corners of the past'' earlier this year when it announced Susan O'Brien QC would chair the inquiry. It will cover allegations of abuse of children in formal institutional care including faith-based organisations, children's homes and secure care as well as those in foster care, long-term hospital care and boarding schools.

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