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Changes to how child witnesses give evidence comes into force

Published: Friday 24 January 2020
New legislation has come into force in Scotland (20 January) which ensures that vulnerable child witnesses in serious criminal c…

Expert Group report on preventing harmful sexual behaviour

Published: Thursday 23 January 2020
The Expert Group on Preventing Sexual Offending Involving Children and Young People has today (23 January) published a report on…

Calls for more support for the mental health needs of care experienced children and young people

Published: Friday 17 January 2020
Call for more to be done on mental and emotional health services as deaths of care experienced children and young people are rep…

Scottish Funding Council sets out national ambition

Published: Wednesday 15 January 2020
The Scottish Funding Council (SFC) has published (14 January 2020) a new National Ambition for Care-Experienced Students aimed a…

Updated Guidance published to support Children’s Service Planning

Published: Wednesday 15 January 2020
The Scottish Government has published (13 January 2020) new statutory guidance on children’s services planning, in line with Par…

MSPs back stronger background checks to protect children

Published: Tuesday 17 December 2019
The Scottish Parliament’s Education and Skills Committee has published its Stage 1 report on the Disclosure (Scotland) Bill.

Secure Care focus of new investigation by Scotland’s Children’s Commissioner

Published: Monday 16 December 2019
The Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland has announced an investigation into secure accommodation in Scotland.

European Social Network award win

Published: Wednesday 11 December 2019
SOS Children’s Villages International win a major European award.

Statistics for Children looked after in England

Published: Tuesday 10 December 2019
Department of Education in UK Government publishes 'Children looked after in England including adoption 2018 - 2019 statistics.

Age threshold of payments for survivors of childhood abuse lowered

Published: Friday 6 December 2019
The Scottish Government announces changes to the Advance Payment scheme following review.

Upstream Project launched to prevent child sexual abuse

Published: Thursday 5 December 2019
The Upstream Project was set up to enable adults and communities in Scotland prevent child sexual abuse. Preventing child sexual…

Regulations under the Age of Criminal Responsibility (Scotland) Act come into force

Published: Friday 29 November 2019
First milestone in the implementation of the Age of Criminal Responsibility Act as new regulations come into force

Access to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services

Published: Wednesday 27 November 2019
Publication of the first in a series of reports highlighting the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people with c…

Call for improved mental health provision in secure care and young offenders’ facilities

Published: Wednesday 27 November 2019
MSPs on the Scottish Parliament’s Justice Committee are calling for better mental health support for young people ordered into e…

CELCIS's online courses reach 100,000 joiners

Published: Thursday 21 November 2019
A series of online courses on child care, offered by CELCIS and the University of Strathclyde, have amassed a total of 100,000 p…

Children's rights to be strengthened in Scotland

Published: Wednesday 20 November 2019
Scotland will incorporate the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) into law to the maximum extent possib…

The Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children in Child and Youth Friendly Language

Published: Tuesday 19 November 2019
SOS Children's Villages have published a child and youth friendly version of the Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children…

Improving the housing journey for care leavers

Published: Tuesday 12 November 2019
New guidance published today (12 November 2019) provides recommendations to improve support for care leavers at risk of becoming…

Children’s Commissioners publish UNCRC mid-term review

Published: Thursday 7 November 2019
The Children’s Commissioners of the UK’s four nations have published their UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) mid-…

Further support announced for looked after children

Published: Monday 28 October 2019
The Scottish Government has announced more than £12 million of further funding to improve the attainment of looked after childre…

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