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The number of looked after children in Scotland has declined for the fourth year in a row. Official figures show there were 15,317 children being looked after by local authorities as at July last year. The number is down 83 (1%) from 2015 and has fallen in four consecutive years…
A brand new writing competition for all school-aged children in Scotland who are looked after or have experienced care has launched today. CELCIS (the Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children) has teamed up with The Scottish Book Trust, Who Cares? Scotland, the School of Education at the University of…
Mental health services for children and young people could be pushed further down the Scottish Government's priority list by plans for a second independence referendum, Labour has warned. Inequalities spokeswoman Monica Lennon said it was "heart-wrenching" that almost 17,000 youngsters in the last three years had had applications for specialist…
A woman has died following a care home fire in Glasgow. The emergency services were called to the blaze at the Arcadia Gardens care home, Kerr Drive, Bridgeton around 4.30pm on Saturday. Four fire engines were sent to the scene and firefighters extinguished a fire in a room at the…
A review of children whose referrals to mental health services were rejected will be held, the First Minister has announced. NHS figures show about one in five referrals was rejected in 2015, with the number affected totalling around 17,000 children and young people over the last three years. Conservative MSP…
The Care Inspectorate has today published the first ever thematic report on inspections of services for adults with learning disabilities in Scotland. The report shows that the overwhelming majority of care is performing well, and in most cases continuing to improve. There are some outstanding examples of care which is…
Scottish ministers appear to have rejected calls to increase child benefit, saying such a move would see less than a third of the money spent go to families struggling with poverty. Social Security Secretary Angela Constance said if the payments are "topped up" by the Scottish Government, £7 out of…
Delivering better services for children with autism as they grow into adulthood and beyond has been identified as a priority in Inverclyde. Inverclyde Council’s Policy & Resources Committee has approved £150,000 for the first two years funding for the Autism Implementation Group. It has been set up to deliver the…
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