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Yopa extends support of Children in Scotland after a successful year of partnership working

...to our work at such a critical time given the challenges children, young people and their Families currently face in Scotland. We look forward to seeing the impact of Yopa’s support during this next stage of our partnership.” Media...


Children in Scotland shortlisted for two prestigious awards

...practical support, advice and representation for children, young people, parents and Families throughout Scotland, in 2023, 100% of parents and carers who gave feedback on the Enquire helpline rated the service as “excellent”,...


Increasing access to hobbies for children and young people

...spends £32 a month on their child’s main hobby. It’s a significant commitment that not all Families can afford. Just recently CAB Scotland (click here for more) found that over 235,000 parents / carers were forced to cut back on hobbies for...


Children in Scotland welcomes ban on single use vapes

...offer a range of services that provide support, advice and representation for children and Families Click here for more Learning opportunities 2024 Discover our learning programme for the year ahead Click...


Embedding the principles of The Promise

...high aspirations for our care experienced pupils. Scaffolding The Promise states that children, Families and the workforce must be supported by a system that is there when it’s needed, providing help, support and accountability. Policy...


‘Your Voice Matters’: how to support young people during Welcome to Your Vote Week

...we offer a range of services that provide support, advice and representation for children and Families Click here for more Our membership offer Be part of the largest national children's sector membership...


Looking to upskill your staff? Discover how commissioned training is helping charities across Scotland

...we offer a range of services that provide support, advice and representation for children and Families Click here for...


Life in Scotland for LGBT Young People: Rural Report

...authentic selves in public. They were worried about bringing unwanted attention and shame to their Families and that rural communities were often very ‘traditional’ and not accepting. One thing that strikes me is that we often celebrate our...


2023 highlights: reflecting on a milestone year

...income under £50,000, and organisations working primarily with minority ethnic children and Families in Scotland. We were pleased to welcome a raft of new organisations into membership and see them get involved in our learning programme and...


Looking to the future at the end of our 30th anniversary year

...critical cross-sector groups and alliances to progress collective work to improve children and Families’ lives. Working with the End Child Poverty Coalition, it has been promising to see progression with the introduction of the Scottish...


Advocating for the rights of children – and using their voices to make change

...people with additional support needs. We now include the voices of children, young people and Families with first-hand experience and knowledge of Additional Support for Learning (ASL) policy and provision into our outreach and information...


Plans, opportunities and offers: Children in Scotland's Annual Conference 2024

...of organisations yet, covering a breadth of subjects relevant to those working with children and Families. We want to build on that for 2024 so we have created a short online application form for any organisations working with children and young...


“In a small country where people are well connected, adaptable and aspirational, great changes are possible”

...protection and justice systems hadn't always worked well for children and young people. Many Families told us that after being a victim or witness, interaction with a multitude of statutory services - including the police, social workers,...


Making cyber security fun for children

...we offer a range of services that provide support, advice and representation for children and Families Click here for more Our membership offer Be part of the largest national children's sector membership...


Insight magazine Issue 3 now available for non-members

...features, which take a critical look at some of the big issues facing children, young people and Families today. In the magazine's lead four-page interview, Kenny Murray, Director of Inclusion and Engagement at Who Cares? Scotland (click here for...


Innovation in school meals in focus, as International School Meals Day 2024 launches

...aims to encourage children and young people around the world (with support from their teachers and Families) to connect and talk to each other about the food they eat and the role that it plays in their lives.  The date of ISMD 2024 is Thursday 14...


Food, Families, Futures (2015-2020)

... Food, Families, Futures From 2015 to 2020, Children in Scotland developed and led an innovative and multi-award- winning project to address a major social issue: food insecurity and its links with wellbeing and education. Launched in December...


Families face a cost-of-living disaster this winter

... Families face a cost-of-living disaster this winter 20 Dec 2022 The Scottish Government must turn promises into policy to ease food insecurity for thousands of young people, writes Finlay Allmond, Magic Breakfast’s Policy and Public...


Families' voices highlight the value of a special nursing service

... Families' voices highlight the value of a special nursing service 4 Dec 2017 Children’s Hospices should extend hospital and community work across Scotland to support more Families, writes Jane Miller, when reflecting on a moving piece of...


CHANGE: Childcare and Nurture, Glasgow East (2016-2020)

...Community Fund. It was informed by community engagement and relationship-building with children, Families, professionals and organisations across Calton and Bridgeton, Parkhead and Dalmarnock and the Tollcross and West Shettleston...

Early years Families Parents Scottish Schools Welfare

Conversations for Change: supporting Families affected by substance use

... Conversations for Change: supporting Families affected by substance use 2 Feb 2023 Continuing the conversation from their workshop at our Annual Conference, Circle’s Development Manager, Douglas Guest, reflects on research into lived and...


The rights of children and Families must be at the heart of housing policy

... The rights of children and Families must be at the heart of housing policy 2 March 2020 Children in Scotland has published its consultation response to the Scottish Government’s draft vision for our homes and communities in 2040....


25 Calls response: Struggling Families need more money in their pockets

... Struggling Families need more money in their pockets 29 January 2019 SallyAnn Kelly, Chief Executive of Aberlour responds to Call 15 of our 25 Calls campaign. Call 15: Top up child benefit by £5 per week to loosen the grip of child...


Children in Scotland food project offers 20,000 places to children and Families this summer

... Children in Scotland food project offers 20,000 places to children and Families this summer 2 Jul 2018 From 2 July 2018, children across Scotland will be participating in summer clubs run as part of our award-winning Food, Families, Futures...


20,000+ club places available to children and Families this summer as part of award-winning food project

... 20,000+ summer club places for children and Families as food project expands From today (Monday 2 July 2018) children across Scotland will again be participating in Children in Scotland’s award-winning food partnership programme, Food,...

Education Food food poverty Health

Co-producing school meals with pupils and Families 'will help target obesity and support healthy eating'

... Co-producing school meals with pupils and Families 'will help target obesity and support healthy eating' Children in Scotland is calling for greater involvement of pupils and parents in preparing food at schools as a way of targeting obesity...


Chancellor’s pledges offer Families zero protection from financial hardship

... Chancellor’s pledges offer Families zero protection from financial hardship 22 Nov 2017 Today’s Budget announcements on Universal Credit and the minimum wage will do nothing to stem rising inequality, writes Assistant Policy Officer Chris...


25 and Up: The ‘old normal’ meant acceptance of injustice for too many Families. We can’t go back to it

... 25 and Up: The ‘old normal’ meant acceptance of injustice for too many Families. We can’t go back to it 9 October 2020 In a special blog for Challenge Poverty Week, Clare Simpson revisits her 25 Calls contribution, arguing that UNCRC...

25 and Up 25 calls Care Review Families family support Inequality Parenting across Scotland Poverty the Promise UNCRC

Summer days, but changed services for Families

... Summer days, but changed services for Families 11 Aug 2020 Sarah De Rees from the Orkney Islands’ Home-Start team updates on the impact of Phase 3 and the continuing resilience of Families in the face of the pandemic The hot, bright sun is...

Covid-19 Families family support Home-Start islands Orkney Orkney Islands pandemic

New fund will strengthen access to out of school childcare for low-income Families

... New fund will strengthen access to out of school and holiday childcare for low-income Families 6 July 2020 A new fund launched today aims to make childcare more accessible and affordable, particularly for low income Families. The Access to...

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From Drumchapel macaroni to white bread myths: what I’ve learned from four years of Food, Families, Futures

... From Drumchapel macaroni to white bread myths: what I’ve learned from four years of Food, Families, Futures 9 June 2020 Elaine Kerridge on how our food project has deepened her understanding of inequality – and the impact the clubs have...

community family Food food insecurity Inequality Poverty

Childcare expansion delay must not risk losing long-term focus on reducing inequalities for children and Families

... Childcare expansion delay must not risk losing focus on reducing inequalities for children and Families 1 April 2020 In response to the Scottish Government’s decision to remove the legal obligation for councils to deliver additional hours...

childcare Early years Families Health Inequality Scottish Government

Food, Families, Futures project serves up fun activities and 3,500 meals over the summer

... Food, Families, Futures project serves up fun activities and 3,500 meals over the summer 23 August 2019 MEDIA RELEASE An award-winning food programme delivered across Scotland has again provided hundreds of children with nutritious meals,...


25 Calls response: In a time of cuts, job insecurity and social isolation, Scotland must step up to provide consistent, relationship-based support for Families

...and social isolation, Scotland must step up to provide consistent, relationship-based support for Families Shelagh Young, Home-Start UK Director of Scotland, responds to call 21 of our 25 Calls campaign, which argued that Scotland must invest...

25 calls

Summer clubs meet a purpose, but the wider issue is how to address poverty and food insecurity for our lowest income Families

...summer clubs meet a purpose. But let's address the wider issue of food insecurity for low-income Families 8 Aug 2018 The summer holidays are slowly drawing to a close. For many Families the last few weeks will have been a blur of juggling...


Additional support service strengthens its online offer to children and Families

... Additional support service strengthens its online offer to children and Families Enquire, Scotland's advice service for additional support for learning, has re-launched its website. The new site, available from today, offers Families advice...

ASL Children's rights News Support

Food, Families, Futures project sees summer take-up rise to almost 4,000

... Food, Families, Futures project sees summer take-up rise to almost 4,000 14 August 2017 Almost 4,000 places were taken up by children, parents and guardians attending school and community clubs as part of Children in Scotland’s Food,...

Children Councillors Families Food Health Jackie Brock

Yopa extends partnership with Children in Scotland during 30th anniversary year

...to our work at such a critical time given the challenges children, young people and their Families currently face in Scotland. “Looking towards the next six-months, we look forward to working with Yopa on our 30th anniversary...


New partnership set to improve access to education for professionals in the children’s sector

...we offer a range of services that provide support, advice and representation for children and Families Click here for more Our membership Be part of the largest national children's sector membership organisation in...


'I give a unique perspective, which enhances the accessibility of the organisation and the services it provides'

...we offer a range of services that provide support, advice and representation for children and Families Click here for more Participation and Engagement work Find out more about how we embed the inclusion and...

30th Anniversary

Access to childcare services ‘has strengthened relationships and wellbeing for children and parents’, new report finds

...across Scotland supported by the Access to Childcare Fund (ACF) have made a difference to Families’ lives, bolstering children and parents’ health, relationships and financial security. That’s the key finding of the final report into...

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“We mustn’t lose sight of our collective goal”

...in the first of a two-part blog Jude Turbyne takes stock of how poverty is impacting on Families now – and why working in the children’s sector gives her hope  I have now been with Children in Scotland for just over a year. It has...

CEO chief executive Children children's sector cost of living Families Inequality Jude pandemic Poverty resilience third sector

Organisations from Shetland to Shettleston announced as successful applicants to Access to Childcare Fund

...childcare round about the school day and during the holidays is often prohibitive for low income Families and can limit opportunities for parents to work, train and learn. The Fund aims to make childcare more accessible and affordable,...

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Family voices ‘should shape policy' on food, learning and holidays

...hubs” during the summer holidays, drawing on Children in Scotland’s learning from our Food, Families, Futures partnership project. This is an edited extract from her letter: The Scottish Conservatives’ proposal to keep schools open as...

Education Families Food Jackie Brock News Policy Scottish Government Scottish Parliament Westminster

Physical appearance, sexual identity and learning disabilities ‘the key factors’ in bullying at school

...Scotland, with far-reaching and often devastating impacts. “Concerted effort is required within Families, schools, communities and at societal level to substantially strengthen the support mechanisms that are already available to children and...

Children Children's rights Families Scottish Schools Staff Support Wellbeing

Project challenging food poverty expands to 26 schools across Glasgow and West Dunbartonshire

...26 schools in the west of Scotland will be taking part in Children in Scotland’s expanded Food, Families, Futures partnership. In partnership with local groups and food distribution company Brakes’ Meals & More programme, Food, Families,...

Children Councillors Families Food Health Jackie Brock Scottish Schools

Celebrate young voters' impact - and listen to them on Brexit

...are protected and their voices heard – and that the implications of Brexit for our children and Families is at the top of the political agenda. Related to this is the issue of how young people can be enfranchised so that their voices always...

Benefits Brexit Children Children's rights Election Europe Families Jackie Brock Poverty

Holiday Hunger report 'a wake-up call that flags local solutions'

...in Scotland submitted evidence to the report based on its own research and findings from its Food, Families, Futures project which was piloted last summer. Our key points, included in today's report, contextualised holiday hunger in the wider...

Families Food Jackie Brock News Poverty Scottish Government Westminster

‘Benefit cap will increase child poverty and perpetuate health inequalities’

...warning that the implementation of the cap will increase child poverty and cause vulnerable Families to be more reliant on government welfare and services, both now and in the future. Our response highlights concerns about the implication...

Benefits Families News Poverty Welfare Westminster

Mental Health Strategy focus on early intervention welcome, but children’s voices must be at heart of implementation
Children Early years Families Health Mental Health Scottish Government Wellbeing

Focus on quality in childcare welcome, but "smarter thinking" required on school start age

...look for evidence to see that this principle is being borne out in the experiences of children, Families, and providers. The Scottish Government’s pledge of £2million towards improving access to nursery education for children with...

Children Early years Families Jackie Brock Parents Scottish Government Support Wellbeing

Education costs Families hundreds per year, study finds

... Magazine / Families paying hundreds per year on essential education, new research finds Posted 11.05.23 by Alice Hinds cost of living Education free school meals School Parents and caregivers are spending...

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Grant opens for Families with young children

... Magazine / News: Grant launched to help Families of children at school-starting age Posted 8 June, 2022 by Nina Joynson child poverty family support funding grant primary Scottish Child...

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Community Play Fund gets Families outdoors

... Magazine / News: Community Play Fund aims to get Families outdoors Posted April 12 2022, by Jennifer Drummond. Photo © Anna Cervinkova health and wellbeing outdoor play play Thousands of children from...

health and wellbeing outdoor play play

Thousands of books donated to Families in Scotland

... Magazine / News: Thousands of books donated to Families in Scotland Posted 6 April 2022, by Nina Joynson Early years Education Families reading More than 2,500 books have been donated to Families...

Early years Education Families reading

Charity appeal to support Families this winter

... Image: Catherine Bromley Magazine / News: Charity launches appeal to support Families this winter Posted 3 November, 2021 by Jennifer Drummond charity third sector Fife Gingerbread has launched its...

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Call 17: Prioritise integration, support for Families and participation to give children the best start

... Call 17: Prioritise integration, support for Families and participation to give children the best start By Sally Cavers and Anthony O'Malley The early years are a collective responsibility Scotland is fully signed up to the importance of...


Free cycling events for Families

...World Championships 2023: events programme gets underway with free activities for children and Families Posted 04.08.23 by Alice Hinds cycling Cycling Scotland events health and wellbeing As thousands of...

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School meal debt wiped for Edinburgh Families

... Magazine / News: School meal debt wiped for Edinburgh Families Posted 30 August, 2022 by Jennifer Drummond child poverty Education free school meals Poverty The City of Edinburgh Council has...

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Stepping Stone for Families

... Stepping Stone for Families Stepping Stones for Families is investigating the need/demand for out of school care at weekends to better meet the needs of working parents. Alongside this we are exploring reasons for poor uptake during school...


30th anniversary

...we offer a range of services that provide support, advice and representation for children and Families Click here for more Our membership offer Be part of the largest national children's sector membership organisation in...


ASL Inquiry Education, Children and Young People Committee

...summaries and resources all of which are based on our engagement with children, young people and Families. Additional Support for Learning Action Plan Report Report on the Delivery of the ASL Action Plan Click here to access Children...


Access to Childcare Fund evaluation published

... Magazine / New report shows expansion of funded childcare delivers for low income Families Posted 06.10.23 by Alice Hinds childcare Children early learning Early years Families More parents have been...

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The family food shop in an ideal world

...costs of a choice-led, nutritious family shop Posted 18 January, 2023 by Nina Joynson Families Food food insecurity free school meals Health nutrition Scottish Child Payment Research exploring what...

Families Food food insecurity free school meals Health nutrition Scottish Child Payment

Bridging Payment to be doubled

...from across the sector Posted 11 October, 2022 by Nina Joynson child poverty cost of living Families Scottish Child Payment Scottish Government Families in Scotland currently in receipt of the Bridging Payment will receive a doubled...

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Rewind welfare reform says new report

...new report Posted 13 April 2022, by Nina Joynson Benefits child poverty Families Scottish Government universal credit Welfare A new report estimates that 30,000 children in Scotland could be...

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Christmas gifting charity struggling to meet demand

...demand Posted 1 December, 2021 by Jennifer Drummond charity Children Families third sector young people A Fife charity is calling for help to meet the needs of Families this Christmas. The...

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Yopa extends support of Children in Scotland after a successful year of partnership working

...to our work at such a critical time given the challenges children, young people and their Families currently face in Scotland. We look forward to seeing the impact of Yopa’s support during this next stage of our partnership.” Media...


Children in Scotland shortlisted for two prestigious awards

...practical support, advice and representation for children, young people, parents and Families throughout Scotland, in 2023, 100% of parents and carers who gave feedback on the Enquire helpline rated the service as “excellent”,...


Increasing access to hobbies for children and young people

...spends £32 a month on their child’s main hobby. It’s a significant commitment that not all Families can afford. Just recently CAB Scotland (click here for more) found that over 235,000 parents / carers were forced to cut back on hobbies for...


Children in Scotland welcomes ban on single use vapes

...offer a range of services that provide support, advice and representation for children and Families Click here for more Learning opportunities 2024 Discover our learning programme for the year ahead Click...


Embedding the principles of The Promise

...high aspirations for our care experienced pupils. Scaffolding The Promise states that children, Families and the workforce must be supported by a system that is there when it’s needed, providing help, support and accountability. Policy...


‘Your Voice Matters’: how to support young people during Welcome to Your Vote Week

...we offer a range of services that provide support, advice and representation for children and Families Click here for more Our membership offer Be part of the largest national children's sector membership...


Looking to upskill your staff? Discover how commissioned training is helping charities across Scotland

...we offer a range of services that provide support, advice and representation for children and Families Click here for...


Life in Scotland for LGBT Young People: Rural Report

...authentic selves in public. They were worried about bringing unwanted attention and shame to their Families and that rural communities were often very ‘traditional’ and not accepting. One thing that strikes me is that we often celebrate our...


2023 highlights: reflecting on a milestone year

...income under £50,000, and organisations working primarily with minority ethnic children and Families in Scotland. We were pleased to welcome a raft of new organisations into membership and see them get involved in our learning programme and...


Looking to the future at the end of our 30th anniversary year

...critical cross-sector groups and alliances to progress collective work to improve children and Families’ lives. Working with the End Child Poverty Coalition, it has been promising to see progression with the introduction of the Scottish...


Advocating for the rights of children – and using their voices to make change

...people with additional support needs. We now include the voices of children, young people and Families with first-hand experience and knowledge of Additional Support for Learning (ASL) policy and provision into our outreach and information...


Plans, opportunities and offers: Children in Scotland's Annual Conference 2024

...of organisations yet, covering a breadth of subjects relevant to those working with children and Families. We want to build on that for 2024 so we have created a short online application form for any organisations working with children and young...


“In a small country where people are well connected, adaptable and aspirational, great changes are possible”

...protection and justice systems hadn't always worked well for children and young people. Many Families told us that after being a victim or witness, interaction with a multitude of statutory services - including the police, social workers,...


Making cyber security fun for children

...we offer a range of services that provide support, advice and representation for children and Families Click here for more Our membership offer Be part of the largest national children's sector membership...


Insight magazine Issue 3 now available for non-members

...features, which take a critical look at some of the big issues facing children, young people and Families today. In the magazine's lead four-page interview, Kenny Murray, Director of Inclusion and Engagement at Who Cares? Scotland (click here for...


Innovation in school meals in focus, as International School Meals Day 2024 launches

...aims to encourage children and young people around the world (with support from their teachers and Families) to connect and talk to each other about the food they eat and the role that it plays in their lives.  The date of ISMD 2024 is Thursday 14...


Families face a cost-of-living disaster this winter

... Families face a cost-of-living disaster this winter 20 Dec 2022 The Scottish Government must turn promises into policy to ease food insecurity for thousands of young people, writes Finlay Allmond, Magic Breakfast’s Policy and Public...


Families' voices highlight the value of a special nursing service

... Families' voices highlight the value of a special nursing service 4 Dec 2017 Children’s Hospices should extend hospital and community work across Scotland to support more Families, writes Jane Miller, when reflecting on a moving piece of...


Conversations for Change: supporting Families affected by substance use

... Conversations for Change: supporting Families affected by substance use 2 Feb 2023 Continuing the conversation from their workshop at our Annual Conference, Circle’s Development Manager, Douglas Guest, reflects on research into lived and...


The rights of children and Families must be at the heart of housing policy

... The rights of children and Families must be at the heart of housing policy 2 March 2020 Children in Scotland has published its consultation response to the Scottish Government’s draft vision for our homes and communities in 2040....


25 Calls response: Struggling Families need more money in their pockets

... Struggling Families need more money in their pockets 29 January 2019 SallyAnn Kelly, Chief Executive of Aberlour responds to Call 15 of our 25 Calls campaign. Call 15: Top up child benefit by £5 per week to loosen the grip of child...


Children in Scotland food project offers 20,000 places to children and Families this summer

... Children in Scotland food project offers 20,000 places to children and Families this summer 2 Jul 2018 From 2 July 2018, children across Scotland will be participating in summer clubs run as part of our award-winning Food, Families, Futures...


20,000+ club places available to children and Families this summer as part of award-winning food project

... 20,000+ summer club places for children and Families as food project expands From today (Monday 2 July 2018) children across Scotland will again be participating in Children in Scotland’s award-winning food partnership programme, Food,...

Education Food food poverty Health

Co-producing school meals with pupils and Families 'will help target obesity and support healthy eating'

... Co-producing school meals with pupils and Families 'will help target obesity and support healthy eating' Children in Scotland is calling for greater involvement of pupils and parents in preparing food at schools as a way of targeting obesity...


Chancellor’s pledges offer Families zero protection from financial hardship

... Chancellor’s pledges offer Families zero protection from financial hardship 22 Nov 2017 Today’s Budget announcements on Universal Credit and the minimum wage will do nothing to stem rising inequality, writes Assistant Policy Officer Chris...


25 and Up: The ‘old normal’ meant acceptance of injustice for too many Families. We can’t go back to it

... 25 and Up: The ‘old normal’ meant acceptance of injustice for too many Families. We can’t go back to it 9 October 2020 In a special blog for Challenge Poverty Week, Clare Simpson revisits her 25 Calls contribution, arguing that UNCRC...

25 and Up 25 calls Care Review Families family support Inequality Parenting across Scotland Poverty the Promise UNCRC

Summer days, but changed services for Families

... Summer days, but changed services for Families 11 Aug 2020 Sarah De Rees from the Orkney Islands’ Home-Start team updates on the impact of Phase 3 and the continuing resilience of Families in the face of the pandemic The hot, bright sun is...

Covid-19 Families family support Home-Start islands Orkney Orkney Islands pandemic

New fund will strengthen access to out of school childcare for low-income Families

... New fund will strengthen access to out of school and holiday childcare for low-income Families 6 July 2020 A new fund launched today aims to make childcare more accessible and affordable, particularly for low income Families. The Access to...

childcare Families family support holidays Inequality out of school care Poverty

From Drumchapel macaroni to white bread myths: what I’ve learned from four years of Food, Families, Futures

... From Drumchapel macaroni to white bread myths: what I’ve learned from four years of Food, Families, Futures 9 June 2020 Elaine Kerridge on how our food project has deepened her understanding of inequality – and the impact the clubs have...

community family Food food insecurity Inequality Poverty

Childcare expansion delay must not risk losing long-term focus on reducing inequalities for children and Families

... Childcare expansion delay must not risk losing focus on reducing inequalities for children and Families 1 April 2020 In response to the Scottish Government’s decision to remove the legal obligation for councils to deliver additional hours...

childcare Early years Families Health Inequality Scottish Government

Food, Families, Futures project serves up fun activities and 3,500 meals over the summer

... Food, Families, Futures project serves up fun activities and 3,500 meals over the summer 23 August 2019 MEDIA RELEASE An award-winning food programme delivered across Scotland has again provided hundreds of children with nutritious meals,...


25 Calls response: In a time of cuts, job insecurity and social isolation, Scotland must step up to provide consistent, relationship-based support for Families

...and social isolation, Scotland must step up to provide consistent, relationship-based support for Families Shelagh Young, Home-Start UK Director of Scotland, responds to call 21 of our 25 Calls campaign, which argued that Scotland must invest...

25 calls

Summer clubs meet a purpose, but the wider issue is how to address poverty and food insecurity for our lowest income Families

...summer clubs meet a purpose. But let's address the wider issue of food insecurity for low-income Families 8 Aug 2018 The summer holidays are slowly drawing to a close. For many Families the last few weeks will have been a blur of juggling...


Additional support service strengthens its online offer to children and Families

... Additional support service strengthens its online offer to children and Families Enquire, Scotland's advice service for additional support for learning, has re-launched its website. The new site, available from today, offers Families advice...

ASL Children's rights News Support

Food, Families, Futures project sees summer take-up rise to almost 4,000

... Food, Families, Futures project sees summer take-up rise to almost 4,000 14 August 2017 Almost 4,000 places were taken up by children, parents and guardians attending school and community clubs as part of Children in Scotland’s Food,...

Children Councillors Families Food Health Jackie Brock

Yopa extends partnership with Children in Scotland during 30th anniversary year

...to our work at such a critical time given the challenges children, young people and their Families currently face in Scotland. “Looking towards the next six-months, we look forward to working with Yopa on our 30th anniversary...


New partnership set to improve access to education for professionals in the children’s sector

...we offer a range of services that provide support, advice and representation for children and Families Click here for more Our membership Be part of the largest national children's sector membership organisation in...


'I give a unique perspective, which enhances the accessibility of the organisation and the services it provides'

...we offer a range of services that provide support, advice and representation for children and Families Click here for more Participation and Engagement work Find out more about how we embed the inclusion and...

30th Anniversary

Access to childcare services ‘has strengthened relationships and wellbeing for children and parents’, new report finds

...across Scotland supported by the Access to Childcare Fund (ACF) have made a difference to Families’ lives, bolstering children and parents’ health, relationships and financial security. That’s the key finding of the final report into...

access to childcare fund childcare Families flexibility out of school care Parents Poverty services

“We mustn’t lose sight of our collective goal”

...in the first of a two-part blog Jude Turbyne takes stock of how poverty is impacting on Families now – and why working in the children’s sector gives her hope  I have now been with Children in Scotland for just over a year. It has...

CEO chief executive Children children's sector cost of living Families Inequality Jude pandemic Poverty resilience third sector

Organisations from Shetland to Shettleston announced as successful applicants to Access to Childcare Fund

...childcare round about the school day and during the holidays is often prohibitive for low income Families and can limit opportunities for parents to work, train and learn. The Fund aims to make childcare more accessible and affordable,...

access to childcare access to childcare fund childcare childcare provision Families fund Inequality low income out of school care Parents Poverty

Family voices ‘should shape policy' on food, learning and holidays

...hubs” during the summer holidays, drawing on Children in Scotland’s learning from our Food, Families, Futures partnership project. This is an edited extract from her letter: The Scottish Conservatives’ proposal to keep schools open as...

Education Families Food Jackie Brock News Policy Scottish Government Scottish Parliament Westminster

Physical appearance, sexual identity and learning disabilities ‘the key factors’ in bullying at school

...Scotland, with far-reaching and often devastating impacts. “Concerted effort is required within Families, schools, communities and at societal level to substantially strengthen the support mechanisms that are already available to children and...

Children Children's rights Families Scottish Schools Staff Support Wellbeing

Project challenging food poverty expands to 26 schools across Glasgow and West Dunbartonshire

...26 schools in the west of Scotland will be taking part in Children in Scotland’s expanded Food, Families, Futures partnership. In partnership with local groups and food distribution company Brakes’ Meals & More programme, Food, Families,...

Children Councillors Families Food Health Jackie Brock Scottish Schools

Celebrate young voters' impact - and listen to them on Brexit

...are protected and their voices heard – and that the implications of Brexit for our children and Families is at the top of the political agenda. Related to this is the issue of how young people can be enfranchised so that their voices always...

Benefits Brexit Children Children's rights Election Europe Families Jackie Brock Poverty

Holiday Hunger report 'a wake-up call that flags local solutions'

...in Scotland submitted evidence to the report based on its own research and findings from its Food, Families, Futures project which was piloted last summer. Our key points, included in today's report, contextualised holiday hunger in the wider...

Families Food Jackie Brock News Poverty Scottish Government Westminster

‘Benefit cap will increase child poverty and perpetuate health inequalities’

...warning that the implementation of the cap will increase child poverty and cause vulnerable Families to be more reliant on government welfare and services, both now and in the future. Our response highlights concerns about the implication...

Benefits Families News Poverty Welfare Westminster

Mental Health Strategy focus on early intervention welcome, but children’s voices must be at heart of implementation
Children Early years Families Health Mental Health Scottish Government Wellbeing

Focus on quality in childcare welcome, but "smarter thinking" required on school start age

...look for evidence to see that this principle is being borne out in the experiences of children, Families, and providers. The Scottish Government’s pledge of £2million towards improving access to nursery education for children with...

Children Early years Families Jackie Brock Parents Scottish Government Support Wellbeing


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Stepping Stone for Families

... Stepping Stone for Families Stepping Stones for Families is investigating the need/demand for out of school care at weekends to better meet the needs of working parents. Alongside this we are exploring reasons for poor uptake during school...


30th anniversary

...we offer a range of services that provide support, advice and representation for children and Families Click here for more Our membership offer Be part of the largest national children's sector membership organisation in...


ASL Inquiry Education, Children and Young People Committee

...summaries and resources all of which are based on our engagement with children, young people and Families. Additional Support for Learning Action Plan Report Report on the Delivery of the ASL Action Plan Click here to access Children...



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Education costs Families hundreds per year, study finds
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... Magazine / Families paying hundreds per year on essential education, new research finds Posted 11.05.23 by Alice Hinds cost of living Education free school meals School Parents and caregivers are spending...

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Grant opens for Families with young children
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... Magazine / News: Grant launched to help Families of children at school-starting age Posted 8 June, 2022 by Nina Joynson child poverty family support funding grant primary Scottish Child...

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Community Play Fund gets Families outdoors
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... Magazine / News: Community Play Fund aims to get Families outdoors Posted April 12 2022, by Jennifer Drummond. Photo © Anna Cervinkova health and wellbeing outdoor play play Thousands of children from...

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Thousands of books donated to Families in Scotland
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... Magazine / News: Thousands of books donated to Families in Scotland Posted 6 April 2022, by Nina Joynson Early years Education Families reading More than 2,500 books have been donated to Families...

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Charity appeal to support Families this winter
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... Image: Catherine Bromley Magazine / News: Charity launches appeal to support Families this winter Posted 3 November, 2021 by Jennifer Drummond charity third sector Fife Gingerbread has launched its...

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Call 17: Prioritise integration, support for Families and participation to give children the best start
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... Call 17: Prioritise integration, support for Families and participation to give children the best start By Sally Cavers and Anthony O'Malley The early years are a collective responsibility Scotland is fully signed up to the importance of...


Free cycling events for Families
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...World Championships 2023: events programme gets underway with free activities for children and Families Posted 04.08.23 by Alice Hinds cycling Cycling Scotland events health and wellbeing As thousands of...

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School meal debt wiped for Edinburgh Families
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... Magazine / News: School meal debt wiped for Edinburgh Families Posted 30 August, 2022 by Jennifer Drummond child poverty Education free school meals Poverty The City of Edinburgh Council has...

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Access to Childcare Fund evaluation published
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... Magazine / New report shows expansion of funded childcare delivers for low income Families Posted 06.10.23 by Alice Hinds childcare Children early learning Early years Families More parents have been...

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The family food shop in an ideal world
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...costs of a choice-led, nutritious family shop Posted 18 January, 2023 by Nina Joynson Families Food food insecurity free school meals Health nutrition Scottish Child Payment Research exploring what...

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Bridging Payment to be doubled
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...from across the sector Posted 11 October, 2022 by Nina Joynson child poverty cost of living Families Scottish Child Payment Scottish Government Families in Scotland currently in receipt of the Bridging Payment will receive a doubled...

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Rewind welfare reform says new report
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...new report Posted 13 April 2022, by Nina Joynson Benefits child poverty Families Scottish Government universal credit Welfare A new report estimates that 30,000 children in Scotland could be...

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Christmas gifting charity struggling to meet demand
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...demand Posted 1 December, 2021 by Jennifer Drummond charity Children Families third sector young people A Fife charity is calling for help to meet the needs of Families this Christmas. The...

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