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Youth homelessness inquiry launched

30 April 2014

The Scottish Parliament's Equal Opportunities Committee is holding an inquiry into young people's experiences of homelessness, and how this can be prevented.

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Delight as Angus project on care awards shortlist

30 April 2014

An Angus project has been shortlisted for an award after teaching new methods of dealing with traumatised youngsters. The Teaching Recovery Techniques initiative is a joint programme set up by Dundee University and Angus-based charity, the Rossie Young People’s Trust .

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NSPCC launches e-learning course to help tackle child abuse

Community Practitioner | 30 April 2014

Children’s charity the NSPCC has launched a new e-learning course to help people working with children spot signs of child abuse. It is hoped the course will give adults the confidence to take action against child abuse. The NSPCC has estimated just one in nine children at risk of abuse are receiving support.  

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Get involved with the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival

28 April 2014

Get involved with the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival! The Festival runs from 1-19 October and promotes the power of creativity and the arts to improve mental health and wellbeing. This year’s theme is ‘POWER’ which could include things like: protest/control/voice/dis-empowerment/ justice/equality/identity or language. For further information visit: www.fifedirect.org.uk/smhaff or www.mhfestival.com 

Extra funding for carers’ breaks

wired-gov.net | 24 April 2014

The Scottish Government has announced an extra £250,000 of funding to provide short breaks for disabled children and their families, carers and young carers. 

This investment has been divided equally between Shared Care Scotland and the Family Fund. The money is on top of £2 million already committed to the Better Breaks and Take a Break programmes for 2013-14. The Better Breaks programme is managed by Shared Care Scotland and provides grants to third sector organisations to develop short break services for disabled children and their families. Take a Break, managed by The Family Fund, helps to support children and young people with disabilities, and their parent carers in Scotland. 

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Right Click scheme to host 600 school e-safety workshops

SecEd | 24 April 2014

A three-year initiative to train and support teachers and parents to help keep children safe online has been unveiled. The Right Click campaign is being run by UNICEF UK and BT and will involved “train the teacher” sessions as well as workshops for parents and their children. It will revolve around spreading practical ideas and tools for broaching the topic of internet safety with both primary and secondary aged children.  

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Hospital to Home pathway map

IRISS | 22 April 2014

The IRISS Innovation and Improvement team is leading a 20-month project to redesign the pathway from hospital to home for older people across Scotland.  They're working with health and social care practitioners, older people, their families and informal carers to identify issues and improve care pathways from hospital to home and enable a more positive experience for all. The first outputs of the project, the hopital to home pathway map, is now available online As well as a visual and interactive pathway map, a literature review on the subject of delayed discharge and the pathway between hospital to home, and information on the people and localities involved in the project, is also available.

For further information, and to keep up to date with the project, see the Hospital to Home blog or contact fiona.munro@iriss.org.uk.  

Adults need to stop thinking of bullying as 'inevitable'

22 April 2014

Adults in charge need to "move away" from the belief bullying is "an inevitable part of growing up" because the long-term repercussions are so severe, according to the authors of a report into the psychological affects of school yard abuse.  

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Using the Sony PSP for context based learning

22 April 2014

Key Community Supports provides support for people with disabilities thoughout Scotland. During 2013 IRISS worked with Key to explore how mobile technologies might provide context-based information and training for care workers. Specifically we looked at how a mainstream device - the Sony Playstation Portable (PSP) - could be used to deliver video instructions and support. 

IRISS built on an idea developed by SSSC to use the video capabilities of the PSP to take learning and knowledge as close as possible to the point of implementation.    read about the project

Hopes for task force on hoarding

15 April 2014

A leading coach helping those with chronic disorganisation has said she hopes the first ever UK Hoarding Awareness Week will raise the profile of the issue in Scotland.  

The week, from 19-25 May, is organised by the Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA) because of the fire risk of extensive clutter in people’s homes, but Edinburgh-based Linda Fay says it can also be symptom of mental ill-health.

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New centre launched to help prevent family conflict and youth homelessness

15 April 2014

A new Scotland-wide national mediation resource centre dedicated to sparing thousands of youngsters from the “nightmare of homelessness” has been launched.

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Scottish Centre for Conflict Resolution 

SCCR 'Let's Talk' Event - 28th May, Inverness 

Alcohol and Pregnancy

15 April 2014

The effects of alcohol on the developing fetus can be many and varied, and potentially devastating. These effects are influenced by many different factors and are difficult to predict, so there is no 'safe' level of alcohol consumption for women who are pregnant or trying to conceive.  

Scottish Government advice is that women who are trying to become pregnant or are pregnant should avoid drinking alcohol. There is no 'safe' time for drinking alcohol during pregnancy and there is no 'safe' amount. Babies exposed to alcohol in the womb can develop Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). FASD are preventable permanent lifelong physical and mental developmental disabilities caused by maternal consumption of alcohol during pregnancy. Drinking alcohol when pregnant, even a small amount, runs the risk of damaging the unborn child.

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Knock Knock – Make Sure You Know Who's There Campaign Targets Doorstep Crime

Police Scotland | 15 April 2014

Police Scotland and partners including Trading Standards Officers today, Monday April 7, launch a major national campaign to help beat doorstep crime. Doorstep crime consists of two main separate types of offences, bogus callers and rogue traders, both of which can have a devastating effect if you fall victim to them.  

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University of St Andrews - Distance Learning: Postgraduate Programme Adults support, protection and safeguarding

15 April 2014

A new Postgraduate / Post Qualification distance-learning course, to be studied part-time by people working in supervisory or professional positions in services for older people and adults with learning disabilities or mental health problems.  

The Postgraduate Certificate programme is to be completed within one calendar year, either March-February or October-September. 

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Worried Sick: Experiences of Poverty and Mental Health

15 April 2014

All but one in fifty mental health service users in receipt of benefits have suffered increased stress and anxiety as a result of welfare reforms, a new report has revealed. According to ‘Worried Sick’, published by the Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH), 98 per cent faced such effects amid changes being pursued by the Coalition government.

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Outline guidance on GIRFEC provisions in CYP Act published

Scottish Government | 15 April 2014

The Scottish Government's 'Proposal for the development of guidance to support the GIRFEC provisions in the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014' has been published on-line. It signals the start of an engagement process with stakeholders to develop the full statutory guidance.

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New report: 'Social Justice, the Common Weal and Young People in Scotland'

14 April 2014

This exciting new paper looks at what the 'Common Weal' - a vision for a better Scotland - could mean for children and young people in Scotland.

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Preventing child neglect in the UK: what makes services accessible to children and families?

Action For Children | 14 April 2014

This annual review by Action for Children in partnership with the University of Stirling considers barriers to seeking services in cases where there is concern about neglect and sets out practice recommendations.

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United Kingdom launches first FGM prosecutions

14 April 2014

In March 2014 the Crown Prosecution Service in the United Kingdom launched its first prosecution in relation to female genital mutilation (FGM).

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European Parliament elections 2014: Child Rights Manifesto re-launched

14 April 2014

The Child Rights Manifesto calls on candidates of the European Parliament to become ‘Child Rights Champions’ to take concrete steps to champion child rights in the European Parliament. 

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New corporate parenting resources now online!

14 April 2014

A new and updated corporate parenting resource kit is available alongside a range of resources and information relating to looked after children and care leavers and the duties on corporate parents and professionals.

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Call for papers for CELCIS 2014: We are family

CELCIS | 14 April 2014

Call for papers for CELCIS 2014: We are family The call for papers is still open for the CELCIS 2014: We are family conference which will be held in Perth on Wednesday 8 October. This one-day conference will explore how our looked after children and care leavers can feel part of a nurturing family. We will examine what it really means to be looked after at home, or looked after away from home with kinship, foster and residential carers. The conference will also examine the application of the Getting It Right for Every Child agenda and the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act.

CELCIS invite practitioners, academics, policy makers and others working with looked after children to submit a proposal for a workshop or parallel session on the following sub-themes: • The corporate family • Looked after at home • Contact with families • Permanence • Throughcare and aftercare So, if you have an example of research or good practice, you still have time to submit a paper. 

 Closing date for call for papers is Friday 18 April. 

 Full details and submission criteria available on the CELCIS website.  

Tell Someone

14 April 2014

These videos and documents introduce you to the Adult Support & Protection Act (Scotland) 2007. It is legislation introduced to protect adults from being harmed. Tell Someone, funded by the Scottish Government, helps people to understand how the Act affects them and what they should do if they suspect harm is occurring to someone. Tell Someone is aimed at adult social care services in Scotland registered with the Care Inspectorate , including services for older people. 

The videos and documents provide relevant information for all sectors. However, local authorities have their own arrangements to ensure that people are informed about the Act and Tell Someone is therefore targeted primarily at the voluntary and independent sectors.  

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Help for those in food poverty

14 April 2014

1 million to support work of emergency food providers as demand soars. People who have to access Scotland’s foodbanks will receive help through a support package of £1 million over the next two years, the Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon confirmed today.

Around £500,000 will be given to organisations who work with those in need, and are helping to address the unprecedented demand for foodbanks, through the Scottish Government’s two-year ‘Emergency Food Aid Action Plan.’ £500,000 will also be given to the charity FareShare which redistributes food from supermarkets to communities and charities.  

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Have your say on young performers' wellbeing

Scottish Government | 14 April 2014

A national consultation on the arrangements for ensuring the wellbeing of children involved in performances is now live and responses are welcome. The deadline for responses is Friday 6 June 2014.

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New interim Chief Exec for Children's Hearings

Scottish Government | 14 April 2014

Boyd McAdam, former Better Life Chances Unit Team Leader with the Scottish Government, has been seconded to Children's Hearings Scotland (CHS) by the CHS Board to act as interim Chief Executive.

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Tougher human trafficking penalties in pipeline

The Scotsman | 09 April 2014

TOUGH new laws to crack down on human trafficking will make Scotland a “beacon to the world” in tackling the problem. Under Scottish Government proposals, courts are to be handed beefed-up powers to punish offenders, while the status of victims will be enhanced. Almost 100 trafficking cases were reported in Scotland last year, and the problem is growing.

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Highland Council's children's services praised

ukwirednews | 09 April 2014

Highland Council has been given a positive report by the Care Inspectorate for its children's services. The watchdog looked at the cases of more than 100 children and inspectors met with the youngsters, their families and care staff. The new report said services were performing "strongly in a number of important areas". The local authority has welcomed the report.

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Experiences of Home Supervision (now Compulsory Supervision) from the perspectives of children, young people and professionals

01 April 2014

We don’t know as much as we would like to about what children find helpful when they have to meet with a social worker. Helen Wincup, a lecturer at the University of Stirling, wanted to find out more about this and has been talking to children and social workers about their experiences. Visit our Research and Practice Development page for relevant downloads and more information.