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A nun has admitted to an inquiry that she mistreated children at two orphanages and described another sister's alleged actions as "cruel". The 77-year-old, who cannot be identified, said youngsters at Nazareth House in Aberdeen would be smacked or hit with a hairbrush while she was there between 1963 and…
A care home for older people in East Lothian has been told to make urgent improvements in the care experienced by vulnerable residents. The Care Inspectorate has served a formal Improvement Notice on Drummohr Nursing Home in Musselburgh following an inspection which raised serious concerns. The notice lists five areas…
A range of people with learning disabilities, and those who support them, were honoured at Scotland’s Learning Disability Awards, held in Edinburgh, this past week. The Learning Disability Awards are run by the Scottish Commission for Learning Disability and provide an opportunity to celebrate, on a national level, the rarely…
A clinical trial is to find out whether cheap, readily available drugs can prevent dementia after stroke. Two charities, the British Heart Foundation and Alzheimer's Society, are working together to test the approach. Over three years, a team led by Professor Joanna Wardlaw (pictured) at the University of Edinburgh will…
A man has told an inquiry how the sexual abuse he suffered as a child was "whitewashed" during his time at a children's home. A witness told the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry (SCAI) he was abused by older boys, priests and care assistants over two years when he stayed at…
A new village has opened to provide stable accommodation to homeless people as part of campaign to eradicate the issue in Scotland. Social Bite Village launched on Thursday in Granton, Edinburgh to provide a place to live and support for up to 20 people. The project, believed to be the…
The School of Social and Political Science at the University of Edinburgh has announced details of their 2018 conference for Newly Qualified Social Workers (NQSW). The theme of the NQSW Conference this year is Building the future: Shaping our social work identity and it will take place on May 31…
The family of Frightened Rabbit singer Scott Hutchison has said they are "utterly devastated" at his death.Police confirmed on Friday that a body found by police on Thursday evening was that of the missing musician.The 36-year-old band member had last been seen at around 1am on Wednesday after leaving the…
Scientists have pinpointed nearly 80 genes which they believe could help explain why some people are more susceptible to depression. A team of experts led by the University of Edinburgh analysed the genetic codes of 300,000 people to identify areas of DNA which may be linked to the condition. They…
Neil Lennon has helped launch a new football mental health project to encourage middle-aged men to open up. The Hibernian head coach, who has previously spoken out about his own struggles with depression, kicked off The Changing Room initiative at Easter Road. The two-year pilot project – between mental health…
An attempt to grant a man acquitted of rape anonymity in a civil case brought by his alleged victim has been rejected. Stephen Coxen, from Bury in Lancashire, is being sued for £100,000 in damages by a woman he was alleged to have raped in St Andrews in 2013. Coxen,…
A care home for older people in Bonnyrigg, Midlothian has been told to make urgent improvements in the care provided to vulnerable residents. The Care Inspectorate has served an Improvement Notice on Springfield Bank Nursing Home, following an inspection which raised serious concerns. The notice lists six elements of care…
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