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Over the coming weeks, the Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People (SCCYP) will be running a short series of blogs on child poverty in Scotland from voices across the children’s sector. In this first piece, SCCYP Head of Policy Máire McCormack gives an overview of the past, present and…
A pioneering research project is underway in Dundee to help ensure young people at risk of child sexual exploitation are being properly protected. Funded through Comic Relief, the project is being led by the sociologist Dr Jin Nye Na – a Visiting Research Fellow at Abertay University. Child sexual exploitation…
Almost half of children have been bullied with most of the abuse taking place at school, a study has found. A quarter of young people said they were picked on because of the way they look and 13% think they were targeted because of their weight. The figures, revealed in…
Ministers are under fire for dramatically slashing funding for the support of hundreds of unaccompanied asylum-seeker children despite the rising numbers fleeing the war in Syria. Cash-strapped town halls are in negotiations with the Government over cash to deal with the extra 20,000 refugees from the crisis David Cameron promised…
Almost 100 children suffering from mental health problems caused by abuse contacted Childline every week last year, new figures show. The NSPCC's free, 24-hour service undertook 85,000 counselling sessions in 2014-2015 - one every six minutes - for youngsters with mental health problems, it says in its annual review. More…
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed the Scottish Government will invest an initial £1M to ensure that services across Scotland are prepared to deal with the arrival of refugees. The funding will be co-ordinated by the taskforce set up to administer Scotland’s practical response to the humanitarian crisis in southern…
This study used a survey, literature reviews and consultation with young people and experts to examine ways of preventing domestic abuse for children and young people. Preventative interventions include programmes delivered in school and media campaigns. Although a wide range of preventative initiatives are delivered in the UK, provision is…
Members of the Aylesbury child abuse ring have been handed lengthy jail sentences for grooming vulnerable under-age white girls for sex for as little as "the price of a McDonald's, a milkshake and cinema ticket". The Asian men were convicted at the Old Bailey of a range of sex offences…
The NSPCC’s Child Trafficking Advice Centre (CTAC) is working with Vietnam, Nigeria and Romania to help stop vulnerable children from being trafficked into the UK. Thousands of vulnerable children and young people are trafficked into the UK every year. They are brought into this country by adult perpetrators to be…
Nearly half of all young people are bullied every day at school, new research suggests. More than two thirds (70%) of young people said they have considered changing the way they look because they are being teased, while a quarter (24%) said they had felt suicidal because of being bullied.…
The Scottish Government has announced a £1M investment in more staff training to deliver psychological therapies for children and young people. The investment from the £15 million Mental Health Innovation Fund aims to deliver a three year NHS Education for Scotland programme to further support the mental health workforce. Existing…
Today sees the launch of a series of articles about new approaches to young people’s mental health, drawing on the evaluation and experiences of the pioneering five-year Right Here project funded by Mental Health Foundation and Paul Hamlyn Foundation. The programme focused on youth-led, youth work approaches to supporting the…