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The Scottish Government should appoint a dedicated minister in charge of mental health policy, according to a children's charity. Children in Scotland said a dedicated ministerial-level post with a mental health remit would raise the profile of children and young people's mental health and prioritise early intervention and prevention. Chief…
Children at risk of sexual exploitation could be slipping through the net because they are not "stereotypical" victims, a report has warned. Boys and girls targeted by older women are among those who experts fear may not be identified. Children, young people and parents need to be aware that not…
More than a quarter of young people would turn to the internet first if they were upset or had a problem, according to a new survey. Children as young as 13 would seek out online help, ranging from searching for information to looking at websites specifically designed for young people.…
The Child Poverty Actiion Group have announced details of their Scottish annual conference which will take place on Friday 10 June. The conference will take place on Friday 10 June and will be at a new venue this year, University of Strathclyde, Technology and Innovation Centre (pictured). The pace of…
This guideline covers the period before, during and after a young person moves from children's to adults' services. It aims to help young people and their carers have a better experience of transition by improving the way it’s planned and carried out. It covers both health and social care. The…
Social workers fear the baby daughter of a west African diplomat based in England could be subjected to genital mutilation. A family court judge has made the youngster the subject of a female genital mutilation (FGM) protection order. Mr Justice Keehan analysed preliminary issues at a hearing in the Family…
The Duchess of Cambridge has taken part in a sing-a-long on a visit to an Edinburgh school. Kate joined hundreds of pupils at St Catherine's Primary for a special assembly where she sang and performed hand actions during a performance to welcome the royal visitor. The school is one of…
A vulnerable teenage boy in local authority care was subjected to a "horrifying and appalling" series of rapes and repeatedly sold for sex in a red light district, a court has heard. The trial of 12 men accused of committing a variety of sexual offences against the boy, mainly in…
Many children suffering from the trauma of sexual abuse can benefit from a therapy using creative methods, according to a study by Durham and Bristol universities. The therapy offered by the NSPCC, called Letting the Future In, gives children a chance to talk about their abuse experiences and to express…
There has never been a more important time to talk about the mental health of the nation's children, The Huffington Post UK's editor-in-chief said, as he prepared to welcome the Duchess of Cambridge to guest edit the website for a day. Kate will be launching an editorial series called Young…
A teaching union has linked a reported rise in self-harm amongst children to the "unrelenting" schedule of assessments in the new school curriculum. The Scottish Secondary Teachers' Association (SSTA) acknowledged that the causes of self-harm are wide and varied, but said the curriculum and its assessments are a contributing factor…
Alistair Burt outlines why adults should talk to children and young people about mental health and introduces new online resources.It’s been said before but it’s something definitely worth repeating – better mental health starts with a conversation. Achieving that first step – mustering the courage to share something so deeply…