Hope for 'Clare's Law' ahead of Aberdeen and Ayrshire pilot

BBC News | 21 November 2014

The Aberdeen father of a woman murdered by her ex-boyfriend has said he hopes a new law to be piloted in Scotland will save women from a similar fate. Clare Wood, 36, who was murdered in 2009 in Salford, was unaware of George Appleton's history of violence against women. Clare's Law allows people to access information on the offending history of their new partner.  

The law will be piloted from next week in Aberdeen and Ayrshire.

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Nicola Sturgeon announces new Scottish cabinet

BBC News | 21 November 2014

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced the make-up of her new senior ministerial team, with an equal split of male and female members.  

Finance Secretary John Swinney was named deputy first minister, while Ms Sturgeon's close ally Shona Robison, was promoted to health secretary.  

Michael Matheson was named as the new justice secretary, replacing Kenny MacAskill. Mike Russell was replaced as education secretary by Angela Constance.

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Vulnerable youngsters left open to sexploitation

The Scotsman | 20 November 2014

Police, social workers and health workers are failing the UK’s most vulnerable children and leaving them open to sexual exploitation, a damning new ­report claims. 

 Those in charge have been challenged to show “political and moral courage” to sweep away a disjointed culture that is “too slow” to react. Watchdog Ofsted also slated local arrangements for tackling cases of child sexual exploitation (CSE) as “underdeveloped” with leadership “frequently lacking”. 

Though the report confines itself to England and Wales, calls for improved ways of working are founded on the same information being used to inform Scottish Government plans to tackle CSE north of the Border.

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