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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Holyrood set to approve bill to provide more support to carers

BBC News | 04 February 2016

A Scottish government bill which promises to improve the lives of carers is expected to be passed by MSPs.  

The proposed legislation, which will be debated at Holyrood later, would require councils to plan how they would support adult and young carers. Local authorities would also have to set up advice services.

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