Asking unhealthy would-be parents to delay pregnancy 'would make Scotland world leader'

Herald Scotland | 27 May 2016

A report calling for would-be parents to consider delaying a pregnancy if they are stressed, dependent on drink or drugs, obese or affected by domestic violence, has been hailed by a leading US health expert. Dr Sarah Verbiest, executive director of the Centre for Maternal and Infant Health at the University of North Carolina, said the study could make Scotland a world leader in pre-conception health.

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Arts based approaches for tackling child abuse and neglect

WithScotland | 26 May 2016

WithScotland, in collaboration with the University of Stirling and the University of Dundee, recently hosted a SUII funded seminar series - ‘Child neglect, wellbeing and resilience: Adopting arts based practices’. 

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The seminar series brought together over 250 people from research and academia, knowledge exchange, practice and policy to explore the ways arts-based approaches can work in the context of neglect, wellbeing and resilience. The first seminar in the series explored research methodologies and arts based approaches to resilience and neglect. Various therapeutic and community arts based approaches for intervention with children and young people who have experienced neglect were presented during the second and third event (January 28th and February 16th). 

During the final session a set of shared national priorities for practice, research and policy was put forth (March 22nd 2016). A full report will be available online shortly. 

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SUII audio recordings will be aired via Radio edutalk over the next two months.

View a selection of illustrations by Ogilvie Designs (more will follow in the report).

Watch a short video about the seminar series 

Sheena MacGregor, Creative Therapies, talks about Art therapy as non-verbal communication with troubled children

Church of Scotland calls for ban on smacking children

25 May 2016

The Church of Scotland has called for an outright ban on smacking children. Commissioners at the General Assembly voted in favour of calling on Holyrood to remove the defence of “justifiable assault” from law. The Church said the move would grant young people under 16 the same rights as adults.

Read more: Children who are smacked 'are more likely to be abused' Rev Sally Foster-Fulton, convener of the Church and Society Council, said children must not be subjected to any violence.

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