Joint Report Warns Spending Cuts And Welfare Reforms Could Push Families and Children Into Poverty

28 November 2011

A joint report published by the Children's Commissioner's for Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland has warned that the Government's spending cuts as well as welfare reforms could push many families and children into poverty.The Commissioners expressed fears that the most vulnerable in society are facing disproportionate hardship.

For a full copy of the report, please download:

Children's Commissioner Mid-Term Report

Work Foundation and Private Equity Reveals Ten Blackspots of Youth Disengagement

28 November 2011

A report by the Work Foundation and Private Equity reveals ten blackspots of youth disengagement - cities where between one in five and one in four young people are not in education, employment or training (NEET).

A key finding is that geography matters. Different towns and cities have a varying range of organizational and financial potential to successfully support children and young people to reach their full potential. The report calls on all cities to take urgent action to improve the coordination of services for young people, by ensuring there are clear and viable pathways between school, education and the world of work.

To download the full report Off The Map? The Geography of NEETS

Children's Society Report - Four In Every Ten Disabled Children Living In Poverty

28 November 2011

A recent report from the Children’s Society has revealed that 40% of disabled children in the UK live in poverty. Of those, 110,000 are experiencing severe poverty. Moreover, the report highlights four key recommendations for addressing poverty in families with disabled children.

Download the full report Four In Every Ten Disabled Children Living In Poverty

Study Launched - Embedding Information Rights Into The School Curriculum

28 November 2011

The Centre for Research on Families and Relationships at Edinburgh University is undertaking a study for the UK Information Commissioner's Office on the feasibility of embedding information rights into the school curriculum.

Using a human rights framework, the research will focus on children having the knowledge and skills to exercise their right to make a freedom of information request, their right to access their personal files as well as exercising their right to privacy when using the internet and social media.

The research will examine the curriculum and educational policy across the UK. We look forward to hearing children and young people's opinions through reference groups in primary and secondary schools.

If organisations have particular information or a contribution to make from their practice, we would be pleased to hear from you.

Email for further information or visit Centre For Research on Families and Relationships for further information

NHS Lothian - Education and Training for Parents and Professionals Education Survey

28 November 2011

NHS Lothian are developing the Education Strategy for the National Managed Clinical Network (NMCN) for Children with Exceptional Healthcare Needs (CEN) for 2012 and 2013, this will be based on the education and training needs of professionals and parents.

With this survey we would like to hear if you are interested in attending workshops, peer based case discussions in your area or would like us to provide specific training/education.

Visit Children With Exceptional Healthcare Needs for further information and to take part in the survey

Scottish Drugs Strategy Delivery Commission: First Year Report and Recommendations to Minister

23 November 2011

This report has been prepared by the membership of the Drugs Strategy Delivery Commission (DSDC). It represents the first formal output from a new strategic entity, created to give independent objective advice to ministers on the progress being made, to deliver the aims of the national strategy to address problem drug use.

For a copy of the full report please visit The Scottish Government website

Young Scot Rewards Evaluation and Invitation to Tender

23 November 2011

Young Scot has been working closely with key partners over the past six months to develop and refine a new national rewards scheme for young people in Scotland. This pioneering scheme will make a unique contribution towards ensuring that young people in Scotland become successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors.

Young Scot, in partnership with NESTA, seeks to commission an individual or organisation to join the team developing the Rewards scheme in order to support the delivery of a formative evaluation and insight analysis, exploring both the process of implementation as well as the impact of the Rewards scheme and our related products and services.

For further information, download Young Scot Rewards

New National Kinship Care Service To Support Kinship Carers - Children 1ST

23 November 2011

Kinship carers are very important people, giving love, support, and a stable home to many vulnerable children in Scotland. But we also know that being a kinship carer can be really tough.

A new National Kinship Care Service, run by CHILDREN 1ST and funded by the Scottish Government, has been set up to give information, advice and other support to kinship carers and children living in kinship care across Scotland. The National Service will also speak out about the issues affecting kinship carers so that the services and support that they need are prioritised.

To take part in the survey visit Children 1st

You can find out more about the Kinship Carers Service online at or by filling in your contact details at the end of the survey.

Child Protection Guidelines For Scotland's Arts, Screen and Creative Industries Published by Children In Scotland

17 November 2011

Creating safety provides guidance on child protection for individuals and organisations involved in delivering artistic, cultural and creative projects for children and young people in Scotland.

You may be an individual freelancer working with children, or a small, medium or large-sized organisation or company employing staff and volunteers to work with children. The work may be a once-off activity, or a project that will run indefinitely. Whatever the context, the overall aim will be to create the safest possible environment for children, where they can feel safe and comfortable, are treated equitably and with respect, and where they are given freedom to have fun and develop their independence and creativity.

Creating Safety (2011) has been revised and updated since it was last published in 2004 to reflect important changes in legislation and policy. This version includes the new National Guidance for Child Protection in Scotland, and Disclosure Scotland and the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme. It also takes account of changes in approaches to child protection over recent years, which have evolved to ensure that focus on minimising risk does not mean that children miss out on enjoying the healthy range of opportunities that are so important for their development.

For further information download Creating Safety

Scottish Government Consulting On Advocacy

17 November 2011

We know how important it is to involve children in decisions that affect their lives. We also recognise that sometimes children will need support when they want to share their feelings and opinions.

This is why good quality advocacy support for children and young people is so important. We're currently consulting on a set of draft principles and minimum standards that would be applied whenever a child or young person gets advocacy support.The principles and minimum standards are designed to sit alongside a range of other guidance that's already in place. They recognise the right of some children and young people to get access to independent advocacy support.

The principles also emphasise how important it is that all advocacy support for children and young people is free from conflicts of interest.

The consultation runs from 14 November 2011 until 29 February 2012.

For further information, visit The Scottish Government Website

Centre for Reserch in Families and Relationships publishes new Growing Up In Scotland data

15 November 2011

Data from Sweep 5 of Growing Up in Scotland (birth cohort only) plus

documentation is now available to download from the ESDS:

At this Sweep of data collection the children are just under 5 years old.

A free data workshop taking place in Edinburgh on 8 December is now fully

booked but there a few places left at the same workshop running at the University of Stirling on Tuesday 17th January 2011.

For more information on the event, visit http://

NSPCC launches new campaign to ensure all babies in Scotland count

11 November 2011

Babies in Scotland are 12 times more likely to be killed than older children (1) says the NSPCC today (Thursday November 10th), as they call on the Scottish Government and the public to support their ‘All Babies Count’ Campaign to ensure every baby in Scotland is protected, nurtured and able to thrive.

Twenty-seven babies have been killed in Scotland over the last ten years (2) and the charity says that many more vulnerable babies are at risk of harm because their parents aren’t receiving the support they need.

Visit All babies Count for more information

Do you work for or use social services? IRISS want to hear from you

10 November 2011

IRISS are thinking about projects that they may run next year and would like to hear from anyone who works for or uses social services. What do you think IRISS could be doing to support the social services workforce to improve outcomes for people who access support?

The only caveat is that the ideas should fit within IRISS core themes: prevention (early years intervention, reshaping care for older people, reducing reoffending); integration; and personalisation: SDS.

All ideas are welcome by the 25th November.

Email IRISS:, tweet @irissorg or call 0141 559 5059.

"Youth In Crisis" University of the West of Scotland - call for papers

07 November 2011

Presenters are invited to discuss papers on recent research related to the overarching theme of ‘Youth in Crisis and Community Interventions: Past, Present and Future Priorities’. Papers which address any of the following sub-themes are particularly welcome but other topics will also be considered. Themes may include but are not limited to:

• gangs, territoriality, youth violence and offending • youth exclusion and disaffection • drug and alcohol misuse and its relationship with youth • mental health issues and the impact of peer pressure • youth transitions • issues surrounding youth and educational engagement • problem-orienting policing • early intervention • community education and youth work

Abstracts of around 250 words should be emailed by 1st December 2011 in a .doc or .docx format to:>

The abstracts should include: title of paper; name(s); affiliation; contact email address; four keywords.

Presenters will have 15 to 20 minutes in which to deliver their paper, followed by 10 minutes of discussion.

Please see attached flyers for further information or visits our conference website:

NHS Education - New On-line Learning Resource for Child Protection

07 November 2011

NHS Education for Scotland (NES) is currently developing a new online learning resource for child protection. This resource is aimed at all those who work in a clinical role (directly) with children, adults and families. It will be informed by the NES Core Competency Framework for the Protection of Children (Level 1), and will help practitioners recognise and report situations where children might need protection. Updates will be posted as work on the resource progresses, but if you would like further information, please contact

Childhood Wellbeing Research Centre (CWRC)

02 November 2011

The Childhood Wellbeing Research Centre (CWRC) have been commissioned by the Department for Education to undertake a study to draw together data on safeguarding children and to compare the current position of England with other countries.

As part of the wider study, this research presents findings from preliminary work to explore the current availability and comparability of safeguarding and child protection data in the UK; this is of particular interest given that there have been shifts in policy and practice in recent years and these data have the potential to facilitate exploration of changes in levels of need and service responses in different parts of the UK over time.

Download the full report

MARS & SCCPN Boosted By Conference Survey

01 November 2011

Delegates attending the MARS and SCCPN conference in Perth gave a resounding endorsement to our projects when 94% of delegates surveyed said that we have a valuable role to play in making connections between agencies working across Scotland.

MARS and SCCP carried out the survey at our conference 'Making Connections, Child Protection in the 21st Century'.

Survey results showed that 50% of attendees ‘strongly agreed’ that there is a need for more inter-disciplinary and multi-agency sharing of knowledge and learning. 60% of attendees said they would approach the services to help locate research and resources specific to their service needs following the conference.

To view the full story, visit