Seminar call for papers

13 February 2011

The seminar will consider the abuse of children in residential and foster care, the shipment of children to other countries and developments in child protection. The organisers are also hoping to place an emphasis on services for children with acute needs, such as those requiring out-of-home care.

It is intended that recent research, reports and consequent developments in practice in Scotland will form a significant part of the programme, but it is also hoped that there will be speakers from a range of other countries, so that comparisons can be made and possible solutions to problems may be shared.

People interested in presenting papers to this seminar should send a 200-word outline of their proposed paper together with a short curriculum vitae and

contact details to Wendy Cox. Preference will be given to papers which are concerned with historical practice, but which carry

messages for current practice and/or thinking. Speakers will be expected to provide an electronic version of their papers for publication.

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Substance Misuse Conference - New reduced price

13 February 2011

The conference chair is Anne Houston, Chief Executive Children 1st and the following key speakers are confirmed:

Policy overview - progress made and priorities for future work

Adam Ingram MSP - Member of the Scottish Parliament for South of Scotland & Minister for children and early years

The impact of parental substance misuse on children and young people. Identify, assess and manage risk.

Joy Barlow MBE - STRADA: Centre for Drugs Misuse Research, University of Glasgow

Pregnancy and early years

Dr. Anne Whittaker - Substance Misuse Directorate, Framework for care, NHS Lothian

Young people growing up in families affected by substance misuse and their transition to adulthood

Professor Sarah Cunningham-Burley - Professor of Medical and Family Sociology, Public Health Sciences section, Division of Community Health Sciences The University of Edinburgh

The role of recovery in improving outcomes for children and families

Rowdy Yates MBE - Senior Research Fellow, Applied Social Science, University of Stirling

The conference also offers 2 seminars and a choice of 4 practical workshops. For more information and online booking visit the conference website.

Defining Knowledge Needs and Solutions for Support Workers in Scotland's Health and Social Services Sectors

13 February 2011

There are over 100,000 staff employed as support workers in the health and social services sectors. The consultation which underpinned Scotland’s health and social services knowledge management strategies – Enabling Partnerships: Sharing Knowledge to Build the Mutual NHS (NES, 2010) and Sharing Knowledge, Improving Practice, Changing Lives (NES and IRISS, 2010) indicated that this workforce group is not sufficiently supported by existing knowledge services, and that they require new knowledge solutions tailored to their needs. A common driver among support workers is the registration requirement to undertake health and social services SVQs, levels two and three.

NHS Education for Scotland is commissioning a needs analysis to define knowledge solutions for support workers in Scotland’s health and social services.

The deadline for applications is 18th February 2011, with face-to-face interviews taking place the week commencing 21st February.

Informal enquiries can be directed to Susan Lindner at NHS Education for Scotland ( or calling 0141 352 2909.

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Children's Minister announces new initiatives to improve the protection of Scotland's most vulnerable children

04 February 2011

The initiatives have arisen out of a national review of child protection procedures in Scotland, which have already resulted in the publication of new child protection guidance for Scotland, published last month.

Building on new national child protection guidance issued in December 2010, they include:

  • Revision of the 'pink book' - specific children protection guidance for health professionals - to bring this into line with the new national child protection guidance for Scotland

  • The development of new guidance for children with disabilities, who are at a much higher risk of abuse

  • Best practice and research on the link between mental illness and child protection, to help professionals better identify concerns and risk factors and offer effective, early support to children and their families

  • The development of a national risk assessment toolkit for professionals working in children protection to promote common practices and consistency across agencies

  • Plans to develop new inspection arrangements for child protection and children's services to sit alongside the creation of the new scrutiny body - Social Care and Social Work Improvement Scotland (SCSWIS), which will be operational from April.

During the next few months the Scottish Government will also be examining the training needs of child protection professionals across all services and will start to develop a national competency framework. This will set out a common set of skills and standards for these professionals to ensure the delivery of a consistently high standard of support to children across the country

To view the press release online go to

Scottish Government announce Tayside pilot of the Family Nurse Partnership

04 February 2011

The US Licensed Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) offers intensive and structured home visiting, delivered by specially trained nurses (Family Nurses), from early pregnancy until the child is two.

The Tayside FNP will see a family nurse visit first-time mothers under the age of 19 every one or two weeks during pregnancy and throughout the first two years of their baby's life. The nurses will offer guidance on child development, preventative health measures, parenting skills, breastfeeding, better diet information and advice for mothers on education and employment. It has been tested for the last year in NHS Lothian, where it has already supported 145 young families.

FNP has three aims:

  • to improve pregnancy outcomes,

  • child health and development

  • parents’ economic self-sufficiency.

The methods are based on theories of human ecology, self-efficacy and attachment, with much of the work focused on building strong relationships between the client and family nurse to facilitate behaviour change and tackle the emotional problems that prevent some mothers and fathers caring well for their child

Recruitment of staff is already underway and engagement of pregnant women will start in July this year. It is hoped that during the three-year life of the programme up to 295 women can be supported.

For more information on the pilot scheme visit the website.

New booklet for parents and carers on talking to children about alcohol.

04 February 2011

The Scottish Government has produced a booklet for parents and carers highlighting the importance of talking to children about alcohol.

The booklet ' You Your Child and Alcohol' includes guidance on starting to talk about alcohol with children of any age. The booklet includes facts on the impact of alcohol on the brain development of children and young people, a unit calculator, and guidelines on sensible drinking. The booklet also highlights a range of useful website and heplines for those seeking further advice.

To download the booklet visit the Scottish Government DrinkSmarter: guidelines for parents website

Book now - SCCPN seminar series: Contemporary Issues in Child Protection

02 February 2011

In response to feedback from practitioners, we have developed a low cost, short seminar series to provide an opportunity for multi-displinary groups of professionals to come together to explore recent research on issues critical for child protection practice. The first six in the series will be held in Glasgow, at The Lighthouse, from mid February through to mid-April. Download the series flyer and booking form