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Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Practice Skills: Child welfare and protection - October 2015

NSPCC Scotland and University of Stirling | 27 August 2015

NSPCC Scotland has worked with Stirling University to devise a new and unique course for experienced child protection practitioners. This is a post-qualifying course, focusing on practice skills.

Delivered by representatives of Stirling University, the NSPCC and a range of experts from across Scotland, this fully accredited programme has been introduced to enable students to develop advanced skills in child welfare and protection practice with children and families. Unlike most other postgraduate courses in the field, this course has an emphasis on gaining practical skills and experience. In particular the course is designed to bridge an existing gap in practice skills development, and students will gain knowledge, skills and experience for working within the most challenging settings.

The course starts in October 2015.

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Staff shortages risk leaving mental health sufferers without support

26 August 2015

PEOPLE with mental health problems are missing out on vital support due to a shortage of specialist social workers, new figures show. Ministers are being urged to address the problem after the number of mental health officers (MHOs) plummeted to its lowest level since 2005.

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'GPS tagging' of offenders examined

BBC News | 26 August 2015

The Scottish government is examining whether new GPS technology could be used to help monitor sex offenders and domestic abusers. The technology, which would be worn as an electronic tag, could tell controllers whether an offender is close to a restricted area. These could include a children's playground or a victim's home.

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