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Ministers should consider introducing a national recommended allowance for kinship and foster carers, a review has found. The recommendation is one of 12 made in a report by the National Care Allowances Review Group. The Scottish Government set up the group to carry out of a review of allowances paid.…
The lives of babies and children could be saved if parents are given consistent, explicit advice about recognising meningitis and septicaemia (otherwise known as sepsis) from health professionals, a charity has suggested. The Meningitis Research Foundation said most children with meningococcal meningitis or sepsis display only non-specific symptoms in the…
Children from the former Calais jungle camp are set to be granted the right to remain in the UK. The Home Office has announced that more than 200 youngsters from the camp will be given a new status to allow continued access to study, work and the NHS until they…
Almost 25,000 referrals for mental health treatment for young people have been rejected since Nicola Sturgeon became First Minister in 2014, Labour has said. Leader Richard Leonard (pictured) called on Ms Sturgeon to apologise for the rejected referrals during First Minister’s Questions at Holyrood. In June, Health Secretary Jeane Freeman…
Seventeen further institutions are to be investigated by a far-reaching inquiry into historical allegations of the abuse of children in care. The 17 are in addition to the 69 establishments already identified by the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry (SCAI), taking the total number under scrutiny to 86. The list includes…
CELCIS (the Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland) has published a new briefing going behind the common headlines that indicate only a small proportion of care experienced young people in Scotland go to university, compared to their peers. The publication of this briefing coincides with students either…
Mental health services for children and young people are “complex and fragmented”, with the system under “significant pressure” due to a big increase in demand, a new report has found. The Auditor General and the Accounts Commission called for a “step change” after their joint report uncovered patchy provision of…
Police are discovering child abuse image offences on average every 23 minutes, according to the NSPCC. Recorded crimes of viewing indecent pictures or videos of children rose by a nearly quarter from last year to more than 22,700, the charity said on Thursday. The figures came after the Home Secretary…
A 14-year-old boy at the centre of family court litigation has persuaded a judge to let him choose his own solicitor. Council social workers say the boy should not be cared for by his parents, but he disagrees and says he does not want to live with foster carers. He…
A man has been arrested after a missing teenage girl was found by police. Naomi Rees, 15, was hunted by officers across the UK after she went missing from her home in South Wales four weeks ago. The schoolgirl was finally found on Tuesday night in Solihull, West Midlands, and…
Young people with learning difficulties have highlighted key areas of research which could help to improve their lives. The 10 priorities include devising approaches to tackle bullying and creating the best learning environments. Academics will use the information to plan new research initiatives at the University of Edinburgh and worldwide.…
Children are increasingly being prosecuted for selling cannabis and should be treated like victims of exploitation and not criminals, a report has argued. Research released on Wednesday found prosecutions of young people for supplying cannabis increased 26% between 2012/13 and 2016/17. This is despite a 16% drop for adults, according…
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