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Scottish Government "must act on UNCRC incorporation now"

... Scottish Government "must act on UNCRC incorporation now" 28 Aug 2019 Children in Scotland has reiterated its call for full incorporation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and urged the Scottish Government to...

Children's rights Consultation response Policy UNCRC

Scottish Government 'worryingly silent' on teacher excellence - but school pupils won't be

... Scottish Government 'worryingly silent' on teacher excellence - but school pupils won't be Scottish Government plans for empowering schools fall worryingly short in the area of teacher excellence – but children and young people have a...


Scottish Government Participation Project (2017-18)

...Scottish Government Participation Project (2017-2018) Children in Scotland was commissioned by the Scottish Government to explore the nature and type of impact children and young people’s participation has had on national and local policy-making...


Child Poverty Delivery Plan welcome, but Scottish Government must be 'more proactive'

... Child Poverty Delivery Plan welcome, but Scottish Government must be 'more proactive' Responding to yesterday’s (29 March 2018) publication of Scotland’s first Child Poverty Delivery Plan, Amy Woodhouse, Children in Scotland’s Head of...


News: Scottish Government criticised on lack of ventilation strategy for schools

... Magazine / News: Scottish Government criticised for failing to put ventilation strategy into action in schools Posted 2 December, 2021 by Jennifer Drummond Covid-19 Education Concerns over a lack of sustainable options for improving clean...

Children's rights Covid-19 Education

Radical wellbeing-focused redesign of Scottish Government budget key to post-Covid renewal

...‘key to post-Covid renewal’ 18 March 2021 A major report published today calls for the Scottish Government to introduce wellbeing budgeting to improve lives for children as part of a radical systems change in the wake of the...

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News: Scottish Government reveals plans to overhaul Scottish Attainment Challenge funding

...24 Nov, 2021 by Nina Joynson Attainment Education funding Poverty Scottish Parliament The Scottish Government has announced plans to overhaul the next phase of the £1bn Scottish Attainment Challenge (SAC). In an update to Holyrood on...

Attainment Education funding Poverty Scottish Parliament

News: New child-led research into justice in Scotland

...support and services, and equal and better treatment for everyone. Commissioned and funded by the Scottish Government, CYCJ worked with 32 children in online and face-to-face youth-led workshops, encouraging children to raise issues that were...

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Youth Advisory Group launched as part of Scotland’s Suicide Prevention Action Plan

...inform and improve policy from the perspective of those with lived experience. Established by the Scottish Government and COSLA, NSPLG brings together people with lived experience of suicide alongside, academic, professional third sector, and...

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News: Accelerate free school meal provision, says STUC

...both primary and secondary school. The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) has called for the Scottish Government to accelerate the rollout of free school meal provision in primary schools, after the original August 2022 target for universal...

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News: Rewind welfare reform says new report

...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 lifted out of poverty...

Benefits child poverty Families Scottish Government universal credit Welfare

Encouraging moves on participation, and a promise to hold parliament to account

...that could be pushed further. We at Children in Scotland will continue to hold parliament and the Scottish Government to account over the next five years. Share this About the author Parisa...

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News: Community Play Fund gets families outdoors

...communities across Scotland are set to benefit from improved outdoor play opportunities The Scottish Government has announced an increased investment in its Outdoor Community Play Fund in order to help more children access high quality...

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Young Advisory Group - Every Life Matters (2022)

...Suicide Prevention Action Plan Children in Scotland is very pleased to be partnering with the Scottish Government, COSLAS and University of Stirling’s Department of Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professionals (NMAHP) to launch a youth...


Building transitions plans into Scots law

...outcomes for disabled children and young people in the transition to adulthood by: Requiring the Scottish Government to introduce, and to implement, a National Transitions Strategy Requiring the Scottish Government to assign a Cabinet Secretary...


News: Councils urged to keep ASN on the agenda

...children and young people at the very heart of policy funding an commitments. “Councils and Scottish Government must work together to provide the necessary resourcing to address the needs of those children and young people with ASN who...

additional support for learning ASN Education

News: Young People's Guarantee receives £4 million in extra funding

...11 May 2022, by Nina Joynson care experience employment funding Scottish Government young people The Scottish Government has announced additional funding for the Young Person's Guarantee scheme, in...

care experience employment funding Scottish Government young people

Press release: New award for schools celebrating pupils with additional needs

...successes, or how individual pupils are recognised. The award has been developed to support the Scottish Government’s commitment to recognise and appreciate success for pupils with additional support needs, and the forms this takes, as...

Additional support inclusion Inclusion Ambassadors

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

...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 of funded childcare by the August deadline,...

childcare Early years Families Health Inequality Scottish Government

Success Looks Different Award

...pupils, regardless of exam results and predictions. The award has been developed to support the Scottish Government’s commitment to recognise and appreciate success for pupils with additional support needs, and the forms this takes, as...

additional support needs ASL inclusion Inclusion Ambassadors

New fund supports 106 young people with additional support needs to access the arts and unlock their creative potential

...screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland distributing funding provided by the Scottish Government and The National Lottery. Further information at creativescotland.com. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Learn more...

Arts ASN inclusion Participation young people

Family voices ‘should shape policy' on food, learning and holidays
Education Families Food Jackie Brock News Policy Scottish Government Scottish Parliament Westminster

Children’s intimate healthcare needs in schools must be met. So who’s responsible?

...also has a negative impact on the child’s capacity to develop greater independence. “The Scottish Government’s new guidance on meeting children’s healthcare needs in school is an opportunity to clarify the role and responsibility of...

Children Consultation response Healthcare News Policy School Scottish Government Staff

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

...have a healthy life expectancy of 23 years less than their most affluent counterparts (Source: The Scottish Government (2015) Long-Term Monitoring of Health Inequalities) Our Food, Families, Futures project is effective in eliminating holiday...

Families Food Jackie Brock News Poverty Scottish Government Westminster

Mental Health Strategy focus on early intervention welcome, but children’s voices must be at heart of implementation

...voices must be at heart of implementation Responding to today’s announcement of the Scottish Government’s new ten-year Mental Health Strategy, Children in Scotland’s Head of Policy Amy Woodhouse said: “We welcome the...

Children Early years Families Health Mental Health Scottish Government Wellbeing

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

...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 additional support needs is a step in...

Children Early years Families Jackie Brock Parents Scottish Government Support Wellbeing

Education governance proposals risk ‘zero impact’ on attainment gap

...Education governance proposals risk ‘zero impact’ on attainment gap In their current form the Scottish Government’s proposals for reform of education governance will fail to make any progress in narrowing the attainment gap, Children in...

Children Children's rights Decision making Education Jackie Brock Scottish Government Scottish Schools Support

Effective child protection system ‘depends on poverty reduction and strong local services’

...child protection system ‘depends on poverty reduction and strong local services’ The Scottish Government today announced its response to the Child Protection Systems Review Report. Amongst a raft of actions, Minister for Childcare and...

Benefits Children Jackie Brock Poverty Protection Scottish Government Support

Children in Scotland supports Equal Protection consultation

...not to be protected by law from being hit. It was almost four years ago, in our response to the Scottish Government’s consultation on the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill, that we raised concerns that the UK was out of step with other European...

Children's rights Equal News Scottish Government Wellbeing

Response to Equally Safe delivery plan: we must educate to prevent

...Safe delivery plan: we must educate to prevent Children in Scotland has responded to the Scottish Government’s consultation on its Equally Safe Draft Delivery Plan, supporting the priority areas highlighted but identifying some crucial...

Children's rights Education News Policy Scottish Government

Parliamentary Monitor

...Parliament Tuesday 9 February In the afternoon, in Topical Questions, Joan McAlpine to ask the Scottish Government what its response is to figures published by the Scottish Learning Disabilities Observatory, which state that people with a...

News Policy Scottish Government Scottish Parliament Westminster

After today’s vote, it’s time to reconsider P1 testing

... After today’s vote, it’s time to reconsider P1 testing The Scottish Government was defeated in a vote today calling on ministers to stop testing P1 pupils. Responding to today’s vote in parliament, Children in Scotland CEO Jackie Brock...

P1 schools Scottish Government teachers Tests

New project to better understand what pupil support in Scotland should look like

...should look like 18 May 2022 Children in Scotland is working with Education Scotland and the Scottish Government to build knowledge and influence practice development around support for young people with additional support needs in an...

additional support for learning ASL ASN Education

School pupils' views on STEM: Engineering and Maths 'need boost'

...to think about the types of jobs involving Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths The Scottish Government commissioned Children in Scotland to carry out research as part of the consultation process to inform its STEM Education and...

Education Learning News Scottish Government Scottish Parliament

‘Societal issues that undermine young people’s chances compromise gains from early years support’

...young people’s chances compromise gains from early years support’ Naomi Eisenstadt, the Scottish Government’s Independent Advisor on Poverty and Inequality, published her second report yesterday (3 July). The report makes 18...

Children's rights Inequality Poverty Scottish Government

New phase of Children and Young People’s Panel on Europe will ensure young voices are heard in Brexit negotiations

...November 2019 Children and young people will again have the opportunity to advise the Scottish Government on the issues they would like to be considered as part of Brexit negotiations with Westminster and the European Union as part of...

Brexit children and young people Europe Participation Scottish Government Westminster

News: Grant opens for families with young children

...support funding grant primary Scottish Child Payment Scottish Government Applications for the Best Start Grant School Age Payment, which will provide families with a £267.75 payment towards...

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Our reaction to the Programme for Government: family wellbeing fund welcomed but disappointment at lack of progress on child payment level

...currently uncertain as we await the judgment of the UK Supreme Court. “However, we welcome the Scottish Government’s ongoing commitment to incorporation and the announcement of £4 million investment between now and March 2024 to support...

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Supreme Court ruling on the UK Government challenge of the UNCRC Bill

...be passed by parliament, but remain confident this can be achieved. We will be encouraging the Scottish Government to work quickly to bring forward revisions and also urge Scottish Government to continue with its plans for implementation...


‘No detriment on appeals’: call for urgent change to exams certification process ahead of Scottish Parliament Education Debate

...their exam concerns for over a year now, and unfortunately their message to us, the SQA and to Scottish Government remains largely unchanged. The decisions made don't seem to reflect their views or needs. They seem unhelpful and confusing and...

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Children’s wellbeing and the Scottish budget (2020-2021)
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Our view on the Programme for Government: Positive pledges on youth jobs and climate, more ambition needed on family support and fighting poverty

...We await the Bill being published and look forward to working with partners across the sector, Scottish Government, and MSPs to support its passage into law. We know that incorporation will contribute to culture change in Scotland and enhance...

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2021-26 Manifesto launches with calls to put wellbeing at the heart of Scottish budget, include under-16s in Citizens’ Assemblies, target air pollution and introduce a ‘hobby premium’

...sector. The Manifesto outlines key changes in policy and legislation the charity believes the next Scottish Government must make to improve outcomes for children and young people living in Scotland, and their families. Click here to download a copy...

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News: Calls for child priorities ahead of Scottish Budget

...Being Bold: Building Budgets for Children's Wellbeing report budget child poverty Poverty Scottish Government Tackling child poverty should be central in the Scottish Budget, say leading children's organisations, arguing that the recent...

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News: Computing Science gets a boost in Scottish schools

...by Nina Joynson Curriculum for Excellence digital Education funding Scottish Government technology Computing Science in schools will benefit from government funding and a new industry mentoring scheme,...

Curriculum for Excellence digital Education funding Scottish Government technology

News: Government releases first statistics on Child Disability Payment

...Joynson accessibility Benefits child benefit Disability funding Scottish Government More than 3,000 children and young people have received the Child Disability Payment since it was launched in July 2021,...

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Programme for Government fails to commit to increasing Scottish Child Payment

...of the payment to cover children up to age 16 by the end of 2022, however we would urge the Scottish Government to act on its commitment to double the payment as quickly as possible." "We were disappointed that this commitment was not made...

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Government ‘must be brave’ in leading education reforms, focusing on rights, early years and meeting all learners’ needs

...published yesterday. But the charity also warned that implementation success depends on the Scottish Government being bold and taking forward the recommendations at appropriate speed. Click here to read Professor Muir’s report Amy...

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News: Young people present key issues to Scottish Cabinet

...politicians in Scotland. At the Cabinet Takeover, key decision-makers from across areas of the Scottish Government listened to speeches delivered by Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament (MSYPs) and Members of the Children’s Parliament...

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News: First anniversary for the Scottish Child Payment

...16 February, 2022 by Nina Joynson child poverty Scottish Child Payment Scottish Government This month marks one year since the first Scottish Child Payment. However, despite the increased value and progress on...

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From protest to policymaking: join my campaign for reform and ensure Afro-Scottish history is taught in our schools

...goes beyond our initial protests worldwide. I am calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to reform our education system to include all Afro-Scottish history including artefacts of African diaspora, cultural and...

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Children in Scotland Manifesto for the next UK Government

News: Consultation on physical intervention in schools opened

...placing the guidance on a statutory basis.”   The consultation is the result of work by the Scottish Government’s physical intervention group. Established in January 2020, the group was formed following the Scottish Government’s...

Education human rights rights

“It’s important to remember these are not just numbers – these are real people”

...rights and how these relate to children and young people’s data and data research. With the Scottish Government’s commitment to incorporate the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) into Scots Law, it was important...


News: More demanded from Holyrood to tackle cost of living crisis

...Drummond child poverty Inequality Poverty Charities and trade unions are demanding the Scottish Government does more to address the cost of living and ease the burden felt by thousands across the country. A summit, being held today in...

child poverty Inequality Poverty

Exams aren’t everything. Every pupil, and every pupil’s journey, matters

...to launch the Success Looks Different Award. Developed as part of ongoing work around the Scottish Government’s Additional Support for Learning Implementation Plan, the award recognises and progresses the call in Angela Morgan’s...


News: Report reveals ongoing lack of diversity in teaching profession

...profession Posted 31 May, 2022 by Jennifer Drummond diversity Education Scottish Government Scottish Schools The second annual data report into diversity in the teaching profession has revealed that minority...

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News: Scotland’s Baby Box refreshed for five-year anniversary

...98%. Whilst on a visit to APS (Group) Scotland, where the boxes are packed and distributed, Scottish Government Children’s Minister, Claire Haughey, said: “As every parent knows, the costs associated with having a baby are significant....

Early years health and wellbeing parenting

News: Report highlights success of family support programme

...success of family support programme Posted 24 May, 2022 by Jennifer Drummond. Image provided by Scottish Government. Health parenting The Family Nurse Partnership programme has been recognised by the Scottish Government for its success in...

Health parenting

25 Calls response: Child poverty in Scotland is not inevitable. It is a failure of government to fulfil the rights of their citizens

... Let's welcome the Scottish Government's move on family income. But remember: child poverty is not inevitable – it is always a political choice Tomorrow, the UN Rapporteur presents his final report on extreme poverty in Britain. Responding...


2019-20 Programme for Government: our verdict

...that a Bill will be included in the 2020-21 parliamentary session. Having called for the Scottish Government to demonstrate progress on incorporation by the end of the year (click to read) following the submission of our consultation...


Programme for Government roundup and reaction

...and reaction 4 September 2018 Following First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s announcement of the Scottish Government’s programme for government for 2018-19, Children in Scotland has welcomed positive steps in a number of key areas, such as...


Government’s new Champion for Children and Young People aims for more integrated approach to policymaking

...champion to target more integrated approach to policymaking 30 Oct 2017 In her new role as Scottish Government Champion for Children and Young People, Permanent Secretary Leslie Evans will be working with our members to help achieve a more...


Government urged to solve P1 ‘puzzle’

...writer and campaigner has warned. Sue Palmer, founder and Chair of Upstart Scotland, says the Scottish Government is asking teachers to reconcile two competing ideologies of building a play-based learning or teaching to test, with pupils...


Comment: Best place to grow up? Not for Scotland's LGBTI young people

...for LGBTI young people, and that the data and stories would allow us to tell decision-makers and Scottish Government, NHS, local authorities and beyond what needs to happen to make life better for LGBTI young people. We will now be taking this...

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Scottish Government "must act on UNCRC incorporation now"

... Scottish Government "must act on UNCRC incorporation now" 28 Aug 2019 Children in Scotland has reiterated its call for full incorporation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and urged the Scottish Government to...

Children's rights Consultation response Policy UNCRC

Scottish Government 'worryingly silent' on teacher excellence - but school pupils won't be

... Scottish Government 'worryingly silent' on teacher excellence - but school pupils won't be Scottish Government plans for empowering schools fall worryingly short in the area of teacher excellence – but children and young people have a...


Child Poverty Delivery Plan welcome, but Scottish Government must be 'more proactive'

... Child Poverty Delivery Plan welcome, but Scottish Government must be 'more proactive' Responding to yesterday’s (29 March 2018) publication of Scotland’s first Child Poverty Delivery Plan, Amy Woodhouse, Children in Scotland’s Head of...


Radical wellbeing-focused redesign of Scottish Government budget key to post-Covid renewal

...‘key to post-Covid renewal’ 18 March 2021 A major report published today calls for the Scottish Government to introduce wellbeing budgeting to improve lives for children as part of a radical systems change in the wake of the...

budget budget process carnegie cattanach coronavirus covid dr katherine trebeck outcomes Participation radical systems change transparency Wellbeing wellbeing budgeting wellbeing budgets

Youth Advisory Group launched as part of Scotland’s Suicide Prevention Action Plan

...inform and improve policy from the perspective of those with lived experience. Established by the Scottish Government and COSLA, NSPLG brings together people with lived experience of suicide alongside, academic, professional third sector, and...

Child protection child safety Legislation Scottish Government

Encouraging moves on participation, and a promise to hold parliament to account

...that could be pushed further. We at Children in Scotland will continue to hold parliament and the Scottish Government to account over the next five years. Share this About the author Parisa...

Arts calls citizens' assemblies democracy Education Election Learning manifest Participation Policy rights Scottish Government Scottish Parliament

Building transitions plans into Scots law

...outcomes for disabled children and young people in the transition to adulthood by: Requiring the Scottish Government to introduce, and to implement, a National Transitions Strategy Requiring the Scottish Government to assign a Cabinet Secretary...


Press release: New award for schools celebrating pupils with additional needs

...successes, or how individual pupils are recognised. The award has been developed to support the Scottish Government’s commitment to recognise and appreciate success for pupils with additional support needs, and the forms this takes, as...

Additional support inclusion Inclusion Ambassadors

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

...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 of funded childcare by the August deadline,...

childcare Early years Families Health Inequality Scottish Government

New fund supports 106 young people with additional support needs to access the arts and unlock their creative potential

...screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland distributing funding provided by the Scottish Government and The National Lottery. Further information at creativescotland.com. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Learn more...

Arts ASN inclusion Participation young people

Family voices ‘should shape policy' on food, learning and holidays
Education Families Food Jackie Brock News Policy Scottish Government Scottish Parliament Westminster

Children’s intimate healthcare needs in schools must be met. So who’s responsible?

...also has a negative impact on the child’s capacity to develop greater independence. “The Scottish Government’s new guidance on meeting children’s healthcare needs in school is an opportunity to clarify the role and responsibility of...

Children Consultation response Healthcare News Policy School Scottish Government Staff

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

...have a healthy life expectancy of 23 years less than their most affluent counterparts (Source: The Scottish Government (2015) Long-Term Monitoring of Health Inequalities) Our Food, Families, Futures project is effective in eliminating holiday...

Families Food Jackie Brock News Poverty Scottish Government Westminster

Mental Health Strategy focus on early intervention welcome, but children’s voices must be at heart of implementation

...voices must be at heart of implementation Responding to today’s announcement of the Scottish Government’s new ten-year Mental Health Strategy, Children in Scotland’s Head of Policy Amy Woodhouse said: “We welcome the...

Children Early years Families Health Mental Health Scottish Government Wellbeing

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

...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 additional support needs is a step in...

Children Early years Families Jackie Brock Parents Scottish Government Support Wellbeing

Education governance proposals risk ‘zero impact’ on attainment gap

...Education governance proposals risk ‘zero impact’ on attainment gap In their current form the Scottish Government’s proposals for reform of education governance will fail to make any progress in narrowing the attainment gap, Children in...

Children Children's rights Decision making Education Jackie Brock Scottish Government Scottish Schools Support

Effective child protection system ‘depends on poverty reduction and strong local services’

...child protection system ‘depends on poverty reduction and strong local services’ The Scottish Government today announced its response to the Child Protection Systems Review Report. Amongst a raft of actions, Minister for Childcare and...

Benefits Children Jackie Brock Poverty Protection Scottish Government Support

Children in Scotland supports Equal Protection consultation

...not to be protected by law from being hit. It was almost four years ago, in our response to the Scottish Government’s consultation on the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill, that we raised concerns that the UK was out of step with other European...

Children's rights Equal News Scottish Government Wellbeing

Response to Equally Safe delivery plan: we must educate to prevent

...Safe delivery plan: we must educate to prevent Children in Scotland has responded to the Scottish Government’s consultation on its Equally Safe Draft Delivery Plan, supporting the priority areas highlighted but identifying some crucial...

Children's rights Education News Policy Scottish Government

After today’s vote, it’s time to reconsider P1 testing

... After today’s vote, it’s time to reconsider P1 testing The Scottish Government was defeated in a vote today calling on ministers to stop testing P1 pupils. Responding to today’s vote in parliament, Children in Scotland CEO Jackie Brock...

P1 schools Scottish Government teachers Tests

New project to better understand what pupil support in Scotland should look like

...should look like 18 May 2022 Children in Scotland is working with Education Scotland and the Scottish Government to build knowledge and influence practice development around support for young people with additional support needs in an...

additional support for learning ASL ASN Education

School pupils' views on STEM: Engineering and Maths 'need boost'

...to think about the types of jobs involving Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths The Scottish Government commissioned Children in Scotland to carry out research as part of the consultation process to inform its STEM Education and...

Education Learning News Scottish Government Scottish Parliament

‘Societal issues that undermine young people’s chances compromise gains from early years support’

...young people’s chances compromise gains from early years support’ Naomi Eisenstadt, the Scottish Government’s Independent Advisor on Poverty and Inequality, published her second report yesterday (3 July). The report makes 18...

Children's rights Inequality Poverty Scottish Government

New phase of Children and Young People’s Panel on Europe will ensure young voices are heard in Brexit negotiations

...November 2019 Children and young people will again have the opportunity to advise the Scottish Government on the issues they would like to be considered as part of Brexit negotiations with Westminster and the European Union as part of...

Brexit children and young people Europe Participation Scottish Government Westminster

Our reaction to the Programme for Government: family wellbeing fund welcomed but disappointment at lack of progress on child payment level

...currently uncertain as we await the judgment of the UK Supreme Court. “However, we welcome the Scottish Government’s ongoing commitment to incorporation and the announcement of £4 million investment between now and March 2024 to support...

childcare Children's rights environment equality family support programme for government Wellbeing

Supreme Court ruling on the UK Government challenge of the UNCRC Bill

...be passed by parliament, but remain confident this can be achieved. We will be encouraging the Scottish Government to work quickly to bring forward revisions and also urge Scottish Government to continue with its plans for implementation...


‘No detriment on appeals’: call for urgent change to exams certification process ahead of Scottish Parliament Education Debate

...their exam concerns for over a year now, and unfortunately their message to us, the SQA and to Scottish Government remains largely unchanged. The decisions made don't seem to reflect their views or needs. They seem unhelpful and confusing and...

appeals assessments covid Education exams SQA

Our view on the Programme for Government: Positive pledges on youth jobs and climate, more ambition needed on family support and fighting poverty

...We await the Bill being published and look forward to working with partners across the sector, Scottish Government, and MSPs to support its passage into law. We know that incorporation will contribute to culture change in Scotland and enhance...

communities Education environment Health Inequalities programme for government UNCRC

2021-26 Manifesto launches with calls to put wellbeing at the heart of Scottish budget, include under-16s in Citizens’ Assemblies, target air pollution and introduce a ‘hobby premium’

...sector. The Manifesto outlines key changes in policy and legislation the charity believes the next Scottish Government must make to improve outcomes for children and young people living in Scotland, and their families. Click here to download a copy...

budget Child protection community democracy economy Education environment equality Inequality Learning Manifesto Poverty rights Scottish Parliament UNCRC Wellbeing

Government ‘must be brave’ in leading education reforms, focusing on rights, early years and meeting all learners’ needs

...published yesterday. But the charity also warned that implementation success depends on the Scottish Government being bold and taking forward the recommendations at appropriate speed. Click here to read Professor Muir’s report Amy...

additional support for learning Children's rights Early years Education education reform inclusion Inclusion Ambassadors learners report

From protest to policymaking: join my campaign for reform and ensure Afro-Scottish history is taught in our schools

...goes beyond our initial protests worldwide. I am calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to reform our education system to include all Afro-Scottish history including artefacts of African diaspora, cultural and...

anti-racism black lives matter diversity Education equality Inequality protest racism

Children in Scotland Manifesto for the next UK Government

“It’s important to remember these are not just numbers – these are real people”

...rights and how these relate to children and young people’s data and data research. With the Scottish Government’s commitment to incorporate the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) into Scots Law, it was important...


Exams aren’t everything. Every pupil, and every pupil’s journey, matters

...to launch the Success Looks Different Award. Developed as part of ongoing work around the Scottish Government’s Additional Support for Learning Implementation Plan, the award recognises and progresses the call in Angela Morgan’s...


25 Calls response: Child poverty in Scotland is not inevitable. It is a failure of government to fulfil the rights of their citizens

... Let's welcome the Scottish Government's move on family income. But remember: child poverty is not inevitable – it is always a political choice Tomorrow, the UN Rapporteur presents his final report on extreme poverty in Britain. Responding...


2019-20 Programme for Government: our verdict

...that a Bill will be included in the 2020-21 parliamentary session. Having called for the Scottish Government to demonstrate progress on incorporation by the end of the year (click to read) following the submission of our consultation...


Programme for Government roundup and reaction

...and reaction 4 September 2018 Following First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s announcement of the Scottish Government’s programme for government for 2018-19, Children in Scotland has welcomed positive steps in a number of key areas, such as...


Government’s new Champion for Children and Young People aims for more integrated approach to policymaking

...champion to target more integrated approach to policymaking 30 Oct 2017 In her new role as Scottish Government Champion for Children and Young People, Permanent Secretary Leslie Evans will be working with our members to help achieve a more...


Government urged to solve P1 ‘puzzle’

...writer and campaigner has warned. Sue Palmer, founder and Chair of Upstart Scotland, says the Scottish Government is asking teachers to reconcile two competing ideologies of building a play-based learning or teaching to test, with pupils...



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News: Scottish Government criticised on lack of ventilation strategy for schools
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... Magazine / News: Scottish Government criticised for failing to put ventilation strategy into action in schools Posted 2 December, 2021 by Jennifer Drummond Covid-19 Education Concerns over a lack of sustainable options for improving clean...

Children's rights Covid-19 Education

News: Scottish Government reveals plans to overhaul Scottish Attainment Challenge funding
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...24 Nov, 2021 by Nina Joynson Attainment Education funding Poverty Scottish Parliament The Scottish Government has announced plans to overhaul the next phase of the £1bn Scottish Attainment Challenge (SAC). In an update to Holyrood on...

Attainment Education funding Poverty Scottish Parliament

News: New child-led research into justice in Scotland
post

...support and services, and equal and better treatment for everyone. Commissioned and funded by the Scottish Government, CYCJ worked with 32 children in online and face-to-face youth-led workshops, encouraging children to raise issues that were...

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News: Accelerate free school meal provision, says STUC
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...both primary and secondary school. The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) has called for the Scottish Government to accelerate the rollout of free school meal provision in primary schools, after the original August 2022 target for universal...

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News: Rewind welfare reform says new report
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...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 lifted out of poverty...

Benefits child poverty Families Scottish Government universal credit Welfare

News: Community Play Fund gets families outdoors
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...communities across Scotland are set to benefit from improved outdoor play opportunities The Scottish Government has announced an increased investment in its Outdoor Community Play Fund in order to help more children access high quality...

health and wellbeing outdoor play play

News: Councils urged to keep ASN on the agenda
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...children and young people at the very heart of policy funding an commitments. “Councils and Scottish Government must work together to provide the necessary resourcing to address the needs of those children and young people with ASN who...

additional support for learning ASN Education

News: Young People's Guarantee receives £4 million in extra funding
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...11 May 2022, by Nina Joynson care experience employment funding Scottish Government young people The Scottish Government has announced additional funding for the Young Person's Guarantee scheme, in...

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Success Looks Different Award
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...pupils, regardless of exam results and predictions. The award has been developed to support the Scottish Government’s commitment to recognise and appreciate success for pupils with additional support needs, and the forms this takes, as...

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Parliamentary Monitor
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...Parliament Tuesday 9 February In the afternoon, in Topical Questions, Joan McAlpine to ask the Scottish Government what its response is to figures published by the Scottish Learning Disabilities Observatory, which state that people with a...

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News: Grant opens for families with young children
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...support funding grant primary Scottish Child Payment Scottish Government Applications for the Best Start Grant School Age Payment, which will provide families with a £267.75 payment towards...

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News: Calls for child priorities ahead of Scottish Budget
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...Being Bold: Building Budgets for Children's Wellbeing report budget child poverty Poverty Scottish Government Tackling child poverty should be central in the Scottish Budget, say leading children's organisations, arguing that the recent...

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News: Computing Science gets a boost in Scottish schools
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...by Nina Joynson Curriculum for Excellence digital Education funding Scottish Government technology Computing Science in schools will benefit from government funding and a new industry mentoring scheme,...

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News: Government releases first statistics on Child Disability Payment
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...Joynson accessibility Benefits child benefit Disability funding Scottish Government More than 3,000 children and young people have received the Child Disability Payment since it was launched in July 2021,...

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Programme for Government fails to commit to increasing Scottish Child Payment
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...of the payment to cover children up to age 16 by the end of 2022, however we would urge the Scottish Government to act on its commitment to double the payment as quickly as possible." "We were disappointed that this commitment was not made...

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News: Young people present key issues to Scottish Cabinet
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...politicians in Scotland. At the Cabinet Takeover, key decision-makers from across areas of the Scottish Government listened to speeches delivered by Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament (MSYPs) and Members of the Children’s Parliament...

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News: First anniversary for the Scottish Child Payment
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...16 February, 2022 by Nina Joynson child poverty Scottish Child Payment Scottish Government This month marks one year since the first Scottish Child Payment. However, despite the increased value and progress on...

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News: Consultation on physical intervention in schools opened
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...placing the guidance on a statutory basis.”   The consultation is the result of work by the Scottish Government’s physical intervention group. Established in January 2020, the group was formed following the Scottish Government’s...

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News: More demanded from Holyrood to tackle cost of living crisis
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...Drummond child poverty Inequality Poverty Charities and trade unions are demanding the Scottish Government does more to address the cost of living and ease the burden felt by thousands across the country. A summit, being held today in...

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News: Report reveals ongoing lack of diversity in teaching profession
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...profession Posted 31 May, 2022 by Jennifer Drummond diversity Education Scottish Government Scottish Schools The second annual data report into diversity in the teaching profession has revealed that minority...

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News: Scotland’s Baby Box refreshed for five-year anniversary
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...98%. Whilst on a visit to APS (Group) Scotland, where the boxes are packed and distributed, Scottish Government Children’s Minister, Claire Haughey, said: “As every parent knows, the costs associated with having a baby are significant....

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News: Report highlights success of family support programme
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...success of family support programme Posted 24 May, 2022 by Jennifer Drummond. Image provided by Scottish Government. Health parenting The Family Nurse Partnership programme has been recognised by the Scottish Government for its success in...

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Comment: Best place to grow up? Not for Scotland's LGBTI young people
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...for LGBTI young people, and that the data and stories would allow us to tell decision-makers and Scottish Government, NHS, local authorities and beyond what needs to happen to make life better for LGBTI young people. We will now be taking this...

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