'See Me' What's On Your Mind?

27 February 2012

As part of the ‘What’s On Your Mind?’ campaign, ‘see me’ has developed a short film and an activities pack for teachers and youth workers, designed to support the experiences and outcomes for Health and Wellbeing in the Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) and help young people talk about the issues surrounding mental health and stigma. The campaign has been nearly two years in development, with hundreds of young people - from Shetland to Castle Douglas - involved in the campaign's creation, design and evaluation. The campaign has also been approved by a wide range of adult stakeholders, including teachers and youth-workers, and piloted in schools.

For more information visit See Me. Additional items can also be downloaded at

Forced Marriage Legislation Pack

21 February 2012

New legislation has recently been introduced in Scotland to provide greater protection to victims of forced marriage.

It is everyone’s human right to choose their own partner and if a family member or partner uses either emotional or physical pressure to force marriage upon you, then it is an abuse of your basic rights.

For more information, visit Forced Marriage on the Scottish Government website or download Responding To Forced Marriage Multi Agency Practice Guidelines

Why Incorporate - Making Rights A Reality For Every Child

21 February 2012

In Why incorporate? Making rights a reality for every child, the Rights of the Child UK coalition makes a compelling case for enshrining the rights of children into our law at a time when governments and others are looking for fresh approaches to protecting and promoting children's well-being and development, and there is cross-party consensus on the importance of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Why Incorporate?

Smacking Never Right Say Doctors

21 February 2012

Parents should be banned from smaking their children because of the risk that "today's smack will become tomorrow's punch", The Royal College of Peadiatrics has warned.

Read the full articles here:

Launch of the upgraded Universal Human Rights Index Databas

21 February 2012

The new Universal Human Rights Index database allows for the retrieval of individual recommendations and full documents from treaty bodies, special procedures and the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process for all countries.

It also gives the possibility to cluster information by thematic issues and groups of persons affected.

Access the Universal Human Rights Index Database here

Learning Disabilities Resources

21 February 2012

The Scottish Consortium for Learning Disability and NHS Education for Scotland have developed two new websites for anyone supporting a person with a learning disability in Scotland.

You can access further information here / The Knowledge Network Better Info, Better Lives

Doran Review - Call For Evidence

21 February 2012

The Doran Review is currently looking at how best to provide for the needs of Scottish children and young people with the most complex learning needs.

Children and young people with additional support needs may attend a mainstream nursery or school in their local education authority or a specialist nursery, day or residential school, within or outside their home area. Children and young people with complex additional support needs require individualised programmes of support from educational services and other services such as health, social work and voluntary organisations.

Get more information at the Scottish Government website

Scotland's National Parenting Strategy Survey

21 February 2012

The Scottish Government is developing a national parenting strategy to raise the value and importance of parenting, while also recognising that it can be difficult at times.

The Family Fund and for Scotland's Disabled Children want to make sure that those parenting a disabled child or young person in Scotland have their voices heard and particular needs acknowledged.

You can access the survey here

Lottery Funds For Scottish Domestic Abuse Projects

14 February 2012

Families affected by domestic abuse in Scotland are to be helped by almost £6.5m from the Big Lottery Fund. The money will go to projects which work with vulnerable women and families, with a nationwide project to support children. Scottish Women's Aid estimates one in five women in Scotland endure domestic abuse at some stage in their lives. There are currently 50,000 recorded incidents of domestic abuse in the country every year. The funding of £6,495,000 is going to 18 projects to provide greater access to support services.

Transcript - Children 1st Annual Lecture - Bob Holman

14 February 2012

CHILDREN 1ST Annual Lecture delivered by Bob Holman, Poverty, Families and Community.

An interesting reminder of Bob's powerful and thought provoking lecture.

Bob Holman Lecture


13 February 2012

Paul Comley has been appointed as the new national Adult Protection Co-ordinator. Paul’s remit focuses on co-ordinating work across the adult protection field, including working closely with the Adult Protection Committees (APC) in Scotland. A key part of the role will involve making connections to build stronger local networks and to improve the co-ordination, development and dissemination of best practice across the country, as well as promoting joint working between Adult Protection Committees. The post is funded initially for two years, is co-located with the National CPC Co-ordinator and is based within the wider MARS/SCCPN HUB at the University of Stirling.

You can download an interview with Paul regarding his new post. Paul Comley Q&A

Sign Up For the NSPCC CASPAR News Service

07 February 2012

Sign up for the NSPCC's weekly to receive a bitesize summary of all the new developments in child protection, delivered to your inbox every Monday. The updates include information and summaries of all the new developments in child protection policy, research and practice. Select Scotland in your email preferences to receive Scotland specific content. You can also find information on events in Scotland, child protection conferences and training.

You can sign up for news summaries and events information at CASPAR

New Links to NSPCC Website

07 February 2012

MARS and SCCPN have worked with the NSPCC to provide links on our websites and on the MARS Resources page to provide access to a wealth of information hosted by the NSPCC. For example, you can now link to the NSPCC Resources site via the MARS Resource site. This provides a compilation of government, official, resrarch and NSPCC statistics on child protection, child abuse and related subjects. Topics covered include bullying, child neglect, children under one (new), domestic violence, physical child abuse, sexual abuse, children with disabilities and child homocides.

Visit MARS Resouces for further information or NSPCC Statistics

MARS/SCCPN Conference - Training DVDs Available On Request

07 February 2012

The MARS and SCCPN team viewed 'Making Conections' as the culmination of an extremely busy year where we have provided many small, practitioner-focused events which have attracted eminent speakers from across the UK. Our independent review by the Scottish Government was published in August 2011 and we have also been developing plans for the future sustainability of MARS and SCCPN. Beth Smith's presentation, which features in the DVD, further elaborates on these plans.

Our conference programme provided delegates with a vital combination of both practice experience and research expertise, and of course, there was opportunities to explore pertinent issues in the afternoon's round table discussions and for sharing knowledge and experiences with colleagues. The day also provided an excellent networking opportunity, which delegates took full advatage of. The DVD provides excellent training material for practitioners. To order a copy, please email

Children In Scotland Training Guide January - June 2012

07 February 2012

The new Children In Scotland training guide (January - June 2012) is available now covering a range of CPD training courses, events and seminars.

Courses cover Play and Outdoor Learning, Resilience and Wellbeing, Additional Support Needs, Child Protection, Curriculum for Excellence, Working with Families,

Practitioner Skills, Behaviour Management, and GIRFEC

Children In Scotland Training Guide

Children To Get More Play Opportunities

06 February 2012

Free play opportunities for Scotland’s children will be increased following a £3 million investment from the Scottish Government.

Children’s Minister Aileen Campbell announced the funding during a visit to Thornlie Primary in Wishaw. The money will see an expansion of a selected number of ‘Play Ranger’ models (£1.5 million) which provides children with community based play opportunities and the ‘Grounds For Learning’ initiative to improve school playgrounds (£1.05 million). It will also be used to support and develop staff across Scotland’s play sector (£450,000).

The funding package runs until 2015 and will be managed by Inspiring Scotland (IS) and Grounds for Learning (GfL).

For the full story, visit the Scottish Government website

Family Nurse Partnership Programme - Events

06 February 2012

Regional information events are now under way to help Scottish health boards decide whether they are ready to deliver the Family Nurse Partnership programme. The core training is currently delivered by the Family Nurse Partnership National Unit (FNP, NU) in England. They have been delivering the programme in England for over four years, have completed an external evaluation and are working on a randomised controlled trial due to report in 2013.

For more information, please visit the Scottish Government website and our events listings for dates and venues.

Looked After Children - Scottish Government Debate

06 February 2012

2012 started with a Parliamentary debate for the inquiry into the educational attainment of looked after children. The report from the inquiry will be published shortly.

Find out more about the Parliamentary Debate on Looked After Children

Scottish Government Engagement Events

06 February 2012

Around 500 delegates recently attended five engagement events held across Scotland. The events were an opportunity for people to find out about the Scottish Government's ambitions for children and young people including the Early Years Change Fund; the Parenting Strategy;

proposed legislation. The events also gave participants a chance to help shape delivery of the change programme through discussion and electronic voting.

For further information, visit the Scottish Government website