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A project to give kids the best health start in life has been launched in the North-east. NHS Grampian’s board approved the Child Health 2020 strategy and an outline action plan. It is designed to make sure children from all areas of the North-east have the same chance of a…
A support service for domestic abuse victims has received a glowing inspection report from a Scottish Government-funded watchdog body. Women’s Aid East and Midlothian (WAEM) provides information, support and temporary accommodation to women and their children who have experienced domestic abuse. Its Children’s Service provides care for a maximum of…
People in Scotland are more likely to die from alcohol-related causes than those in comparable parts of northern England, according to an NHS study. Sales of alcohol per person were 13% higher in the "de-industrialised" region than in north-east England and deaths were 67% higher, according to research at NHS…
Caring for vulnerable youngsters by "exiling them to institutions" such as children's homes needs to end, an expert has said. Rather than expecting professionals to "raise our most marginalised children", there is a "need to change how we think and what we do" to help them, according to Cormac Russell,…
A new strategy to help cut the number of people committing suicide has been unveiled. The accompanying document outlines how the Scottish Government aims to continue a downward trend in suicide numbers over the last 10 years. Scotland has recorded an 18% fall since 2002, bucking the trend in many…
Andrew Lowe, director of social work at Scottish Borders Council, is to retire. Mr Lowe, who suffered a heart attack in March last year, said he has struggled to maintain health and fitness since, and that his decision was tinged with “great sadness” after nine years with the local authority.…
A care home operator ordered to close a site in Inverness has been instructed to make urgent improvements at a property it runs on the Black Isle. Watchdog, the Care Inspectorate, has issued RDS Healthcare with an improvement notice for its Marine House in Rosemarkie. The company has been asked…
More than four-fifths of people in Scotland believe Christmas has become too materialistic, according to new research. A survey of 1,200 people for Scottish aid charity SCIAF found that 82% agreed that the festive period was too materialistic, rising to 91% for those aged 55 and over. A majority of…
A zero tolerance campaign has been launched by the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service, aimed at cutting knife crime. Offenders caught with a knife in a public place will be prosecuted on indictment before a sheriff and jury, resulting in a potential increase from a maximum prison sentence of…
Convictions for sexual crimes rose 11% over a year despite falling for almost all other types of offence, according to official statistics. There were 866 convictions for sexual crimes in the year 2012/13, an increase from 783 in 2011/12. Rape and attempted rape convictions increased by 57% over the same…
Families will save up to £4,600 per child under SNP plans to extend free childcare in an independent Scotland. The policy is in the Scottish Government's White Paper on independence, which sets out the Nationalists' vision for the country in the event of a Yes vote next year. The SNP…
Councils, the NHS and other public bodies have saved an estimated £1 billion with the loss of 26,600 full-time workers over the last four years, according to a report. But the public sector will "need to make further workforce changes" because of financial pressures, public spending watchdog Audit Scotland said,…

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