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Scots who spent time in institutional care as children can have their experiences heard and acknowledged by taking part in the National Confidential Forum. The independent body is inviting participants from across Scotland to come forward and share their experiences, whatever they are, in a safe and non-judgemental setting. The…
Robert Gordon University (RGU) has been awarded the Buttle UK Quality Mark for a further two years for its continued work to widen access to higher education for care leavers. Buttle UK, the largest grant-giving organisation in the country that directly supports children and families living in poverty, awards the…
The University of Aberdeen's commitment to welcoming and supporting applicants and students with experience of being 'in care' has been recognised with the Buttle UK Quality Mark. The Quality Mark is awarded to further and higher education providers by Buttle UK, the UK charity set up to give more young…
A new scholarship, designed to provide financial help for people who find it difficult to access higher education, will soon be available at the University of Portsmouth. Offered in collaboration with the Unite Foundation, the new scholarship will be available to five students for whom a secure home is of…
Nearly a quarter of girls leaving care become teenage mothers – around three times the national average, according to a new report by a leading think-tank. The 22 per cent figure means that around 1,000 females from care are becoming teenage mothers every year. The Centre for Social Justice (CSJ)…
The Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety today published a statistical bulletin summarising information on care leavers in Northern Ireland who left care during the year ending 31 March 2014. Key findings indicate care leavers aged 16-18 continue to have a higher proportion of young people coping with…
Children leaving social care should be given greater support to prevent them from falling into a life of crime, researchers have said. A pilot scheme to address the often-neglected needs of care leavers in the criminal justice system could play a vital part in a wider strategy to deal with…
UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) is developing a number of activities as part of National Care Leavers’ Week 2014 to support those looked after young people in their application to higher education. If you are in care, or you’re helping someone who is, UCAS is hosting a webchat on…
A new project to develop ideas that support young people who are leaving care to maintain positive, nurturing relationships with the people in their lives has been launched by IRISS. ‘Relationships Matter’ aims to help to develop ideas to support and achieve this through a new website where you can:…
In March 2015, the Children and Young People Act (Scotland) 2014 will make the future chances for looked after young people better in several ways. Not only does this Act make sure that Corporate Parents support looked after young people in the best way possible, but it also ensures that…
More than half of councils in England have placed children leaving care in the past year in bed and breakfasts for at least 28 days, figures show. The figure of more than 800 care leavers having been placed in accommodation in that period is much higher than that recorded by…
Over the summer, young people with care experience aged 14-26 years old who live in Glasgow or the Highlands will be able to make an application to the Life Changes Trust for an individual grant. The Trust is running this pilot programme to test out Individual Grants to see if…
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Dress for success

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Although some companies have relaxed their dress code for employees, many still expect a professional look in interviews for new recruits. Here we look at why it is still important to companies.

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Resigning with class!

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Are you preparing to resign from your current job? Some job seekers have a hard time doing so, either because they love the job and their colleagues or because they can't stand the job and can't wait to leave. 

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When the workplace is a hell place

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Founder of Just Fight On, Jo-Anne Brown, spoke exclusively to us about bullying and harassment in the workplace. Bullying only happens to weak people. It only happens in school playgrounds.

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