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NSPCC Scotland reports surge in child emotional abuse helpline calls

ukwirednews | 30 May 2014

A children's charity has reported a dramatic rise in the number of serious emotional abuse cases referred to police and social workers.

NSPCC Scotland received 320 calls to its helpline describing emotional distress during 2013/14.  Of these 217 cases were so serious, they were referred to the authorities, a 78% increase on the previous year. The charity said it was vital that agencies were given the resources to deal with the problem.

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Children aged 3 reported for crimes by Police Scotland

BBC News | 29 May 2014

New figures obtained by the BBC show that police have recorded hundreds of children as young as three for shoplifting and vandalism. According to a Freedom of Information request, children under 16 have committed more than 40,000 offences in Scotland in the past two years. That includes 25 three and four year-olds recorded for offences such as shoplifting and vandalism. Police Scotland say they have to record all crimes and offences under the National Crime Recording Standard. But experts warn that stigmatising young children increases their chances of criminal behaviour.

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Number of scams increases in Scotland, report says

BBC News | 29 May 2014

The number of people in Scotland falling victim to financial rip-offs has increased, according to a consumer advice agency. A helpline set-up by Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) recorded a 14% rise last year in calls about scams. On average, 30 people a week are calling the helpline for advice.

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Child Protection Disability Toolkit Launch - Media Coverage

26 May 2014

The ‘Child Protection and Disability Toolkit’ has been produced in partnership by WithScotland and the Scottish Government’s Ministerial Working Group on Child Protection and Disability. It is aimed at practitioners and managers in child and family and disability services and It’s the only toolkit of its kind available to practitioners in Scotland. It includes information on research, a set of training and resource materials designed to help professionals understand the issues and good practice guidance to supplement the Scottish Government National Guidance for Child Protection in Scotland 2014. It also contains sections such as ‘myth busters’, case studies as well as a DVD in which disabled parents speak of their experiences. 

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Child Protection Disability Toolkit Launch

WithScotland | 21 May 2014

The ‘Child Protection and Disability Toolkit’ has been produced in partnership by WithScotland and the Scottish Government’s Ministerial Working Group on Child Protection and Disability. It is aimed at practitioners and managers in child and family and disability services and It’s the only toolkit of its kind available to practitioners in Scotland. It includes information on research, a set of training and resource materials designed to help professionals understand the issues and good practice guidance to supplement the Scottish Government National Guidance for Child Protection in Scotland 2014. It also contains sections such as ‘myth busters’, case studies as well as a DVD in which disabled parents speak of their experiences.

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Scots children bottom of the league for physical activity

The Herald | 21 May 2014

CHILDREN in Scotland are among the least active in the world, according to a study.  

In a survey of 15 countries, Scotland came bottom in two categories, one ranking physical activity and the other screen-based leisure time. The first so-called global matrix of children's physical activity assessed nine indicators, such as active play and active transportation, and awarded a grade between A and F.

Scotland scored an F in the overall physical activity league table and an F in the sedentary behaviour category, which found they spent too much time watching television and using computers.

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National Guidance for Child Protection in Scotland 2014

Scottish Government | 19 May 2014

National Guidance for Child Protection in Scotland was published in 2010 and refreshed in 2014 to ensure that it remains relevant and up to date. This document provides a national framework for agencies and practitioners at local level to understand and agree processes for working together to safeguard and promote the wellbeing of children. It sets out expectations for strategic planning of services to protect children and young people and highlights key responsibilities for services and organisations, both individual and shared. It also includes guidance for practitioners on specific areas of practice and key issues in child protection including Child Sexual Exploitation and Internet Safety.  

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Foster Care Fortnight: 12-25 May 2014

19 May 2014

The Minister for Children and Young People joined with Edinburgh City Council and some of their foster carers at Edinburgh City Arts Centre last week to help promote Foster Care Fortnight and the role of fostering.

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CELCIS - Reach Magazine Spring 2014

CELCIS | 19 May 2014

The latest issue of Reach, the CELCIS magazine has been published. The theme is throughcare and aftercare and highlights the work going on across Scotland. 

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NDCS release ‘Close the Gap’ report

19 May 2014

New research published by the National Deaf Children's Society highlights that deaf young people in Scotland are regularly falling behind at school and missing out on higher education and employment opportunities.  

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Counting the Costs survey 2014

19 May 2014

Contact a Family is calling on all family members who care for children and young people with additional needs or disabilities to take part in some important research about family finances and the impact of welfare reforms.

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Prison link prompts call to ban school exclusions in Scotland

19 May 2014

There has been calls for an end to exclusions in Scottish schools in light of new evidence suggesting that banning pupils from class increases the risk of them leaving school early and going on to serve time in prison when they are older.

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Doran E Newsletter

19 May 2014

The Scottish Government has recently published the first edition of the Doran e-Newsletter, which aims to bring people up to speed with developments affecting children and young people with complex additional support needs. 

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Rights booklet for young people who are Looked After away from home

19 May 2014

The Scottish Government has published a booklet to inform children looked after away from home about their rights.

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Parliament Committee release fathers and parenting inquiry report

18 May 2014

The Scottish Parliament Equal Opportunities Committee released its 1st fathers and parenting inquiry report on 18th May 2014. The Committee launched a call for evidence on 11th January 2014, before visiting father and child groups in Edinburgh, Hamilton and Aberdeen in February. They took evidence from fathers, support groups, employers, trade unions, local authorities and educational providers throughout March, before hearing from the Minister for Children and Young People, Aileen Campbell MSP, on 27th March 2014.  

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Conference for child protection

The Herald | 16 May 2014

INFANT mental health and child protection experts are to come together to call for more early intervention to prevent child abuse. The Beyond Boundaries event in Glasgow held by the NSPCC Scotland and WithScotland will encourage professionals to work across boundaries to improve the life chances of children.  

Matt Forde, NSPCC National Head of Service, said: "Every human relationship is degraded when we consider adverse childhood experiences as just something that some children will inevitably face. "Ending child abuse might be an immense target, but it's at the heart of how we build a better Scotland."  

Speakers at Glasgow's Marriot Hotel on June 11-12 include Highland Council's director of health and social care Bill Alexander and Dr Graham Bryce, clinical director of Glasgow Infant and Family Team.

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University of Stirling multi-disciplinary GIRFEC CPD module

14 May 2014

The University of Stirling multi-disciplinary GIRFEC CPD module will commence in Autumn 2014. The module is delivered at degree SCQF level 9 and provides an opportunity to explore the key values and principles of the GIRFEC framework and the new Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill. For further information please email the module coordinator at Joanna.smith@stir.ac.uk or download the flyer 

Children of prisoners to be identified as vulnerable

Holyrood | 14 May 2014

Proposed legislation that seeks to identify children of prisoners as a vulnerable group is to be brought forward at the Scottish Parliament. A proposed private members’ bill will be introduced that calls for greater information sharing between organisations to ensure schools are aware of the child’s circumstances.

A duty would fall on education departments to provide any additional support that the child requires via funding for additional support for learning as part of GIRFEC. This extra support, if needed, would be designed to mitigate trauma and prevent vulnerable children following parents down the offending route. Holyrood understands the intention is to lodge the proposed bill before summer recess once difficulties around costing of the proposals are tackled. A lack of reliable data on the current number of children affected by imprisonment has complicated efforts to estimate the level of support that would be required.  

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Watchdog attacks neglect of elderly hospital patients

13 May 2014

SERIOUS concerns have been raised about the care of elderly patients who are stuck in a psychiatric hospital amid a nursing home "crisis" in the capital.

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UK's biggest internet companies launch kids online safety push

Marketing Week | 13 May 2014

The UK’s four biggest internet service providers (ISPs) - Virgin Media, Sky, TalkTalk and BT - have combined forces to launch an initiative designed to promote awareness of children’s safety on the internet, dubbed Internet Matters.

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Visit the Creative Quarter!

13 May 2014

Creative Quarter is part of an IRISS project to understand and learn from disciplines that specifically recognise creativity as a central feature of their identity, so that we can inspire and stimulate creativity in the sector to promote better outcomes for people who use services. The project combines consideration of how people think about creativity, what stimulates it in social services and what this means in practice for people using services and practitioners. 

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Parents say Kingspark School report fails to answer their concerns

Dundee Courier | 12 May 2014

Parents who believe their disabled children were abused at Kingspark School in Dundee say they are “extremely disappointed” by the findings of an independent review into how their allegations were dealt with by Dundee City Council. Education consultant Alistair Marquis said he is satisfied that child protection procedures were followed correctly and as promptly as possible.

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UK Government lifts cap on bedroom tax help

Holyrood | 12 May 2014

Powers to offset the impact of housing benefit changes have been given to the Scottish Government. The UK Government has offered to devolve powers to lift the cap which has limited spending on discretionary housing payments, used to mitigate the removal of the spare room subsidy, or ‘bedroom tax’.  

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People with learning disabilities in specialist units regularly restrained and over-medicated

12 May 2014

Learning disability charities have called it “utterly disgraceful” that people with learning disabilities living in specialist units are being “regularly restrained, over-medicated and kept in isolation”. 

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Scotland to pilot 'Clare's Law' to tackle domestic violence

BBC News | 08 May 2014

A scheme allowing people to find out whether their partner has a history of domestic violence, known as Clare's Law, will be piloted in Scotland. First Minister Alex Salmond, who is also considering a new domestic abuse offence, outlined a planned trial of the police disclosure scheme.

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Responses published to draft Guidance on the Conduct of Relationships, Sexual Health and Parenthood Education in Scottish Schools

Scottish Government | 08 May 2014

Responses to the engagement on the refreshed Guidance on the Conduct of Relationships, Sexual Health and Parenthood Education in Scottish Schools (which ended on 8th November 2013) have been published. The responses are currently being considered by the Scottish Government with other available evidence to help finalise a version of this guidance for local authorities and schools, expected in June 2014. Sixty responses were received in total, but 8 are not included as permission was not received to make them public.  

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Call for action to tackle child poverty attainment gap

BBC News | 07 May 2014

More needs to be done to help children from the poorest families do well at school, according to a new report. The Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) said the attainment gap remained "persistent and significant".  

Its report, produced by Strathclyde University, argued the gap began before children started school and widened as they got older. It said five-year-olds from poorer families were about a year behind in problem solving and vocabulary.

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New police squad to tackle human trafficking at Games

04 May 2014

SPECIALIST officers in human trafficking are being drafted in to tackle any increase in organised sex crime in Scotland during the Commonwealth Games.

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Call for new tactics in war against online exploitation

tesconnect | 02 May 2014

Teachers and school leaders should turn to young people in order to stay abreast of the changing online landscape, a police officer specialising in cybercrime has urged.

Kevin McDade of Police Scotland’s cybercrime unit told a conference on e-safety organised last week by outsourcing company Capita that it was impossible for teachers to protect children from the dangers of the internet unless they were better informed about it.

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Microsoft and Barnardo’s team up for new app to combat child sexual exploitation

02 May 2014

Child sexual exploitation is a growing problem. The ubiquity of camera phones and mobile messaging apps means that many children now have the ability to film anyone and anything. Pictures and video can be taken easily and uploaded to the Internet for the world to see – sometimes without the subject’s consent. At the same time, CSE is a difficult issue to spot. It can be difficult for professionals to spot and young people frequently do not recognise themselves as abused. 

Young people need education and support to help them use technology wisely and avoid exploitive situations. Microsoft has always been a major supporter of keeping children safe online. That’s why Microsoft teamed up with Barnardo’s to develop the Wud U? app. The app isn’t a game or extension of a website. It’s an educational experience designed from the ground up to support children and help them to spot the warning signs of dangerous digital interactions and to take steps to keep themselves safe.

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Scams Awareness Month

01 May 2014

Scams Awareness Month is running throughout May to warn about the fraudsters preying on hard-up households.

Citizens Advice warns that as people across the country struggle to make ends meet they are being sized up by devious con artists. Scammers are targeting the elderly and desperate people with squeezed finances to swindle them out of their money. Fraud offences in England and Wales rose by 25% in 2013, compared to the previous year, with 207,252 cases reported to Action Fraud and the police. But Citizens Advice has calculated up to four million people could be scammed each year as many scams go unreported.

Citizens Advice, Citizens Advice Scotland and the Trading Standards Institute today launch Scams Awareness Month and throughout May are urging people to “fight back against the fraudsters”. People are just as likely to be conned over the phone and via text messages as they are through emails and websites.

For further information on the research visit the Citizens Advice website.