National child abuse inquiry to prioritise gathering evidence from elderly and ill victims

Herald Scotland | 10 February 2016

THE independent inquiry into the abuse of children in care is to prioritise gathering evidence from some seriously ill and elderly victims, with its chairwoman announcing it would do so "as a matter of urgency".

Susan O'Brien QC said that while the inquiry was "not quite ready" to call for survivors and witnesses to come forward, it had decided to take evidence from a small number of people.  Ms O'Brien also said there would be a name change, with the investigation now being called the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry, adding that references to historical abuses were "misleading" and could deter survivors from coming forward.

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Safer Internet Day: 'Quarter of teenagers' subjected to trolling online

The Independent | 09 February 2016

One in four teenagers suffered hate abuse online in the last year, a major report has revealed. A survey of 13 to 18-year-olds found 24 per cent reported that they were targeted on the internet because of their gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, disability or transgender identity.

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Family Nurse Partnership

Scottish Government | 05 February 2016

More babies born to young mothers will have a healthier start to life as the Scottish Government’s Family Nurse Partnership expands.

Since the programme began in January 2010 it has supported more than three thousand teenage mothers, with very high rates of engagement and low numbers leaving the programme. From April 2016 it will also be offered to eligible 20-24 year olds, with further adaptations rolled out over the course of the year thanks to a funding commitment of £10.7 million in 2016/17.

The Scottish Government aims to make the programme available to up to eight thousand first time mothers by 2018/19.

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