Maureen Wylie - Staff Profile

19 June 2012

Maureen Wylie joined ‘The Hub’ in May 2012 as the National Child Protection Committee Coordinator, and ’job shares’ the post with Catriona Laird. Maureen previously worked in East Dunbartonshire as a Children's Services Planning Officer, and also works as the national Violence Against Women Network Coordinator supported by the Improvement Service.

Reflecting On Research

19 June 2012

We are delighted to launch the second SCCPN/University of Edinburgh seminar series 'Reflecting On Research, Developing Practice With Young People Affected by Abuse and Neglect'. The seminar series is free and will include topics such as 'Offending begins at home: Meeting the needs of young people with harmful sexual behaviour' with speakers Stuart Allardyce (Criminal Justice Social Work Centre) and Peter Yates (University of Edinburgh), and 'Vulnerable adolescents; new research, new challenges' with Dr John Coleman (University of Oxford). For further information, please download our event flyer Reflecting on Research

Adult Support and Protection

19 June 2012

The National Adult Protection Coordinator has been in post now since February this year and has so far with met with 23 of the 29 Adult Protection Committeess (APC), with appointments made to meet the remaining APCs or their representatives. This represents a national consultation around ascertaining the local issues being faced by APCs and operational staff. The next stage will be to identify national themes that can be taken forward..

Adult Support and Protection - update on the work of the coordinator

19 June 2012

The National Adult Protection Coordinator has been in post now since February this year and has so far with met with 23 of the 29 Adult Protection Committeess (APC), with appointments made to meet the remaining APCs or their representatives. This represents a national consultation around ascertaining the local issues being faced by APCs and operational staff. The next stage will be to identify national themes that can be taken forward..

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Reflecting on Research: Developing practice with young people affected by abuse and neglect

19 June 2012

Developing a better understanding of adolescent neglect and abuse, and its effects, is crucial to developing and sustaining effective responses to the needs and risks arising for young people. A new seminar series creates an opportunity to explore recent research findings related to the prevalence and nature of adolescent abuse and neglect; the needs of and risks for young people (11 to 18 years of age) and approaches to addressing those needs and risks.

Developed by Dr Autumn Roesch-Marsh, (Lecturer in Social Work, University of Edinburgh, in conjunction with SCCPN), and Fiona Mitchell (formerly SCCPN coordinator), and funded by the RS MacDonald Trust, the series starts on Friday, March 23rd.

Topics include ‘Maltreated Teenagers, Messages From Research’; ‘How Prevalent is Child Abuse And Neglect’? And ‘A Rock And A Hard Place – Protecting Young People Who Run Away’. The seminars are free to attend - but places are limited and must be booked in advance.

For further information on the series, please email or visit our events page for listings and booking.

Child Poverty Action Group

Gordon McLachlan | 17 June 2012

The Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) needs your help. They are publishing a report by leading experts soon looking at what happened to child poverty in the past 10 years and they would like to find people willing to speak to selected media about their experiences of raising children on a low income.

Free Workshops For Kinship Carers

17 June 2012

Free workshops for kinship carers!

Over the past few months Kinship Care has taken the time to find out from carers all over Scotland what they’d like help, information and support with. You told them you wanted more information and advice on financial inclusion, hints and tips about school learning and advice relating to substance misuse.

So, they've set up a full year of workshops on these issues in lots of different areas!

View MARS/SCCPN events listings for full dates and venues of workhops

New Curriculum For Excellence Website for Children and Young People

17 June 2012

Have you heard about the new Curriculum for Excellence website launched by the Scottish Government for children and young people?

Find out more information

Breaking The Mould For The Work Force Of The Future

16 June 2012

A partnership project of IRISS and SSSC, Workforce of the Future aims to bring key people from across social services organisations to work up and implement a number of creative ideas for shaping the future social services workforce.

For further information, visit IRISS

Commission On School Reform, Call For Written Evidence

13 June 2012

The Commission on School Reform was set up to consider whether the school system in Scotland is meeting the present and future needs of young people and to make specific recommendations as to how things might be improved or areas that require further enquiry.

For further information, visit Reform Scotland (deadline for sumbmissions, June 29th)

Consultation on National Framework for Child Protection Learning and Development in Scotland

13 June 2012

The Framework describes those who are responsible for keeping children and young people safe. It establishes a set of competences and standards that everyone who has direct or indirect contact with children requires. The aim is to ensure that all workers have the knowledge and skills required to assess, manage and minimise risks faced by some of our most vulnerable children and young people.

For more information, visit the Scottish Government

A policy on architecture and place-making for Scotland: public consultation 2012

13 June 2012

The Scottish Government is consulting on how Scotland's architecture and places can help provide a better quality of life and better position Scotland on the world stage.

For further information ,visit the Scottish Government

Creative Enterprise Fund

13 June 2012

Creative Scotland and Young Scot have announced that the Creative Enterprise Fund is open for applications. The fund aims to support activities that allow young people aged 15-22 to flourish within the creative industries.

For further information, visit Young Scot

New Equality Duties For Public Authorites In Scotland

13 June 2012

The Scottish Government's new regulations, which place specific equality duties on named public authorities in Scotland, came into force on 27 May 2012.

These specific duties are designed to help public authorities develop better policies and practices, improve transparency and accountability, and deliver better outcomes for everyone in Scotland.

For further information, visit Equality and Human Rights Commission

Counting The Costs - the financial reality faced by families with disabled children in the UK

13 June 2012

The charity Contact a Family have published an updated edition of their research report Counting the Costs which looks at the financial pressures facing families with a disabled child.

Download the report

Messages from elsewhere about reviewing serious cases: What's In It For Scotland? Key messages from the seminar

12 June 2012

In September 2011 the MARS/ SCCPN and the University of Edinburgh/NSPCC Child Protection Research Centre hosted a seminar in Scotland for practitioners and those involved in policy development related to child protection. With input from experts - Dr Sheila Fish and Dr Sharon Vincent - the seminar explored approaches to reviewing cases of child death and serious abuse - specifically looking at approaches in New Zealand, Canada, Australia, the USA and a Systems Approach being developed in England - this report contains key messages and actions from the seminar.

Messages from elsewhere about reviewing serious cases: What's In It For Scotland?

Alcohol Focus Scotland - range of resources to build resilience and protective factors

12 June 2012

Alcohol Focus Scotland has developed a range of resources for working which aim to build resilience and protective factors. The 'Oh Lila' learning resource can be used with children age three to five years. It tells the story of a young hare called Lila, who gets herself into trouble.

'Rory' is a learning resource which explores the issue of harm caused to children caused by parents who drink too much.

Visit for further information and to download the resources. Alcohol Focus Scotland

Research Assistant MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, Glasgow

12 June 2012

Research Assistant required to contribute to the evaluation of a complex intervention aiming to improve social and emotional education and development (SEED) in primary school children. You will have a leading role in organising the data collection (four waves over four years, both qualitative and quantitative), together with associated administrative tasks, and help with data cleaning. You will also be involved in analysing the data and helping with writing for publications and reports. You will join a team of 4 in the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit and a wider team from the Universities of Aberdeen, Edinburgh Napier, Glasgow, Queensland, St Andrews and Stirling.

For further information and applications, visit Research Councils UK

A Scotland For Children

06 June 2012

The Scottish Government has set up a series of engagement events around Scotland to discuss proposals for a Children and Young People Bill - aimed at strengthening how they support children and young people and place their rights at the heart of what they do.

Register for one of the events

Refreshed GIRFEC Guide

06 June 2012

An essential read for anyone involved or working with children and young people, including practitioners working in adult services with parents and carers. It shows how the Getting it right for every child Practice Model and tools can be used locally to complement your own materials and processes.

Visit the website to download the refreshed GIRFEC guide

£6m Communities and Families Fund Launched

06 June 2012

Minister for Children and Young People, Aileen Campbell, launches grants programme funded jointly by the Scottish Government and the Big Lottery Fund in Scotland. It will support local projects that help families and communities give children the best start in life.

For further information, visit The Scottish Government

Foster Care Fortnight

06 June 2012

In Scotland, a child comes into foster care every six hours; 1,000 more foster carers are urgently needed.

For more information on Foster Care Fortnight, visit 22 Minutes

Legal opinion on UNCRC incorporation in Scotland

06 June 2012

UNICEF UK has commissioned a legal opinion from Aidan O’Neill QC at Matrix Chambers to explore in detail the ability of the Scottish Government under current devolved arrangements to incorporate (partially or fully) the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child into Scots law.

Read the opinion and summary

Workforce of the future - partnership project with FFC

06 June 2012

Over the next 10 years, we will face the challenge of ensuring that Scotland has a skilled, confident and valued workforce providing social services. We know that the skills and qualifications workers require and the way they will work will be radically different. We know there are good things happening across Scotland. We all want to improve the outcomes and experiences of people who access social services and know that people who access services, carers and frontline workers can help.

For further information, visit IRISS

New Fund Launch - Thinking Differently, Young People and Alcohol

06 June 2012

The increasing rates of alcohol related harm within young people is a significant concern in Scotland and the rest of the UK. There is a requirement for innovative interventions that aim to move beyond the provision of general advice and support to young people, families and communities. A group of Scottish and UK Funders led by The Robertson Trust and including Comic Relief, Children in Need, Joseph Rowntree Foundation as well as Scottish Government, is offering the chance to develop projects in Scotland.

Download further information