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Nicola Sturgeon has put education at the heart of her plans for the coming year, announcing proposals to bring in national testing in Scotland's primary schools. The Scottish First Minister said that ensuring youngsters do better in classes is "arguably the single most important objective" in her legislative programme. She…
Delays in autism diagnosis are pushing families to crisis point, a charity has warned. The National Autistic Society (NAS) says families and individuals are suffering from anxiety and depression because of years spent waiting to be diagnosed. Average waiting times of more than three-and-half years for children and two years…
The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, in collaboration with City of Edinburgh Council and Virgin Money have launched a brand new scheme aimed at providing complimentary tickets to Fringe shows for children who are being cared for by City of Edinburgh Council. The project called ‘Access Fringe – Looked-After Children’ comes…
The nursing union has warned of an "escalating health crisis" among children due to a lack of school nurses. The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) said school nurses have a unique opportunity to help improve some of the key issues facing children's health - particularly the huge problem of obesity…
A review into how newborns with deteriorating health are cared for by hospitals and in the community has been announced in the light of the death of a baby more than a decade ago. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) said it will look at current practices for managing newborn infants…
The Scottish Government has announced Olivia McLeod has taken up her post as Director for Children and Families this week. Olivia brings a wealth of experience from her work in children's policy in Whitehall, and is well known from her time here as a Deputy Director a few years back.…
Swansea University has launched a new project aimed at encouraging local children to eat a healthy diet, live an active life and manage a healthy body weight as they grow up. The ENRICH program (Exercise and Nutrition Research in Child Health) has been set up by Swansea University’s Applied Sports…
Children who "grow out" of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have higher IQs than those who do not, a study has shown. Around one in 20 children are affected by ADHD, a condition characterised by over-activity, impulsivity and a short attention span. Although many children with ADHD continue to have…
A graduate of Abertay University’s Computer Arts degree, Deborah Malcolm, has published a new book which aims to facilitate discussion about depression with children from a young age. Deborah was inspired to create 'Meh', is a wordless picture book about depression, by hearing award-winning novelist Neil Gaiman speak about moving…
Picky eating in small children may be a sign of serious mental problems that should not be ignored, say experts. Parents and doctors who view food fussiness as a passing phase could be making a grave mistake, a study suggests. Even "moderate" pickiness was associated with significantly increased levels of…
Children may be at risk of abuse because of a "postcode lottery" in disclosures made under the paedophile warning system known as Sarah's Law, campaigners claim. In some parts of the country as few as one in 30 requests to police lead to the identification of child sex offenders or…
Northern Ireland Junior Ministers Michelle McIveen and Jennifer McCann have launched a consultation on the Executive’s draft Childcare Strategy. The ten year strategy aims to develop and deliver affordable, high quality and integrated childcare services which gives children the best start in life, while supporting and enabling parents to participate…
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