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The proportion of workers employed in the public sector is at its lowest level since 1999. New figures from the Scottish Government showed that in the third quarter of this year, 22.7% of Scots who were in employment were working in the public sector. When the figures began in 1999,…
An inspection of Edinburgh Prison has highlighted a shortage of medical care for inmates with mental health and addiction problems. A new report says healthcare at the jail is good in general but limited staff numbers have been leading to delays for prisoners accessing some services. Chief Inspector of Prisons…
Youngsters who have been in care are calling on MSPs to grant their Christmas wishes and make a number of key promises to those leaving the care system. They want politicians to promise that all those leaving care will be in control of their lives, but will be able to…
Football and rugby players are backing a campaign to tackle domestic abuse over Christmas. Hearts, Hibs and the Edinburgh rugby team will wear white ribbons on team strips over the next couple of weeks, including in the Edinburgh derby on January 2, to show support for the campaign. It will…
More than three quarters of Scotland's charities and voluntary sector organisations expect demand for their services to rise next year, a survey has revealed. But at the same time, almost a third expect the amount of cash they have to fall, while just over a quarter believe their income will…
The Centre for Excellence for Looked after Children In Scotland (CELCIS) have published a report on the sexual exploitation of looked after children in Scotland. The report, commissioned by the Care Inspectorate, is to be used to strengthen their inspection activity, and undertake, along with scrutiny partners, a wider study…
An action plan for human rights has been launched in Scotland, in a move described as a first for the UK. The document, published today, sets out "key commitments" from organisations covering various aspects of Scottish life, all aimed at improving human rights protection. The plan, unveiled by the Scottish…
The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) and NHS Education for Scotland (NES)  invite you to take part in one of the Equal Partners in Care (EPiC) practice learning and sharing events taking place in February 2014. The events will take place in:     Glasgow – 3 February     Aberdeen –…
On 28 January 2014, IRISS in partnership with ADSW and Scottish Government, will host a half-day event on navigating ethical approval and access in social care research. It will be held at the Hanover Conference Centre in Edinburgh. The aim of the event is to provide an opportunity to discuss…
The 3rd annual Monitoring and Evaluating Scotland's Alcohol Strategy (MESAS) report from NHS Health Scotland has been published today. The report includes an evaluation plan, trends in price and affordability, alcohol sales and consumption, and alcohol-related harm. New chapters reflect the evaluation of the Scottish Licensing Act and the contribution…
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar are to undertake a pre-consultation on the redesign of Homecare Services. Homecare services operate across all areas of the Western Isles and provide support to around 600 service users whilst employing more than 300 staff. The service has grown and changed significantly in recent years, with…
A joint panel comprising NHS Shetland board members and Shetland Islands Council (SIC) councillors has appointed Simon Bokor-Ingram to a new post of director of community health and social care. This joint post is one of the first of its kind in Scotland, and will see Mr Bokor-Ingram leading the…

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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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