Extra funding for carers’ breaks | 24 April 2014

The Scottish Government has announced an extra £250,000 of funding to provide short breaks for disabled children and their families, carers and young carers. 

This investment has been divided equally between Shared Care Scotland and the Family Fund. The money is on top of £2 million already committed to the Better Breaks and Take a Break programmes for 2013-14. The Better Breaks programme is managed by Shared Care Scotland and provides grants to third sector organisations to develop short break services for disabled children and their families. Take a Break, managed by The Family Fund, helps to support children and young people with disabilities, and their parent carers in Scotland. 

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Right Click scheme to host 600 school e-safety workshops

SecEd | 24 April 2014

A three-year initiative to train and support teachers and parents to help keep children safe online has been unveiled. The Right Click campaign is being run by UNICEF UK and BT and will involved “train the teacher” sessions as well as workshops for parents and their children. It will revolve around spreading practical ideas and tools for broaching the topic of internet safety with both primary and secondary aged children.  

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Hospital to Home pathway map

IRISS | 22 April 2014

The IRISS Innovation and Improvement team is leading a 20-month project to redesign the pathway from hospital to home for older people across Scotland.  They're working with health and social care practitioners, older people, their families and informal carers to identify issues and improve care pathways from hospital to home and enable a more positive experience for all. The first outputs of the project, the hopital to home pathway map, is now available online As well as a visual and interactive pathway map, a literature review on the subject of delayed discharge and the pathway between hospital to home, and information on the people and localities involved in the project, is also available.

For further information, and to keep up to date with the project, see the Hospital to Home blog or contact