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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...


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

...CoW members have had the opportunity to voice their concerns during ministerial meetings with Scottish Government and recently compiled an evidence paper on the use of vapes and other tobacco products in education settings. Both organisations...


Safer Internet Day 2024: Exploring children’s rights and AI

...for children and young people around the world. Scotland’s AI Strategy, published in 2021 by the Scottish Government and the Scottish AI Alliance, set out the vision for the development of “trustworthy, ethical and inclusive” AI with...


Children in Scotland welcomes ban on single use vapes

...the welcome news of plans to ban single use vapes, Children in Scotland is today calling on the Scottish Government to consider the recommendations of children and young people to further curb the sale and use of tobacco products, including...


Life in Scotland for LGBT Young People: Rural Report

...rural communities? Our report has a series of recommendations for a range of stakeholders such as Scottish Government, Police Scotland, public bodies and services, etc. But for me there was also a clear message coming through from young people...


2023 highlights: reflecting on a milestone year

...sharing views on vaping, exploring topics such as the impact on health and wellbeing, while the Scottish Government commissioned Children in Scotland to support children and young people to engage with its public consultation on restricting...


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

...out of poverty this year. These steps forward are encouraging but more needs to be done for the Scottish Government to meet child poverty targets and we will continue to work with organisations across the sector to push for increased political...


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

...2021-2026 Manifesto Explore the key changes in policy and legislation we believe the Scottish Government must make Click here to access Our 2023-28 Strategic Plan Explore the plan, 'A Scotland where all children...


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

...in one place through a "four rooms" concept. With cross-party support, and a commitment from the Scottish Government to make a Bairns' Hoose available to all children who need it by 2025, the Care Inspectorate joined forces with Healthcare...


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

...future.  International School Meals Day is managed by Children in Scotland and supported by the Scottish Government.  Head of Engagement and Learning at Children in Scotland, Simon Massey, said: 'So much has changed over recent years with both...


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...

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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...


Children’s wellbeing and the Scottish budget (2020-2021)

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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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...


Scottish Government launches vaping awareness campaign

... Magazine / Scottish Government launches Take Hold campaign to raise awareness of vaping harms Posted 24.11.23 by Alice Hinds changing our world consultation health and wellbeing Scottish Government The Scottish Government has launched a...

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Scottish Government Call for Written Consultation response: Evidence on the Child Poverty (Scotland) Bill (March 2017)

...Children in Scotland responded to the Scottish Government's call for written evidence on the Child Poverty (Scotland)...


Scottish schools recognised for work to support pupil inclusion

...of a variety of educational provision, the awards were originally developed as part of the Scottish Government’s Additional Support for Learning Action Plan. Now in their second year, entries for the awards were welcomed across four...


Sustainable funding for the third sector and action on a wellbeing economy: our calls following Programme for Government announcement

...2021-26 Manifesto Explore the key changes in policy and legislation we believe the Scottish Government must make Click here to access Child wellbeing and the Scottish budget We worked in partnership to...


Investment in the public sector and a wellbeing economy: our Programme for Government calls

...was invited to a session with the Finance and Public Affairs Committee to talk about effective Scottish Government decision-making. She highlighted the importance of good prioritisation to ensure that we are continuing to invest in preventative...


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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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...


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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‘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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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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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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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

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...


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...


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...


Children's Sector Strategic and Policy Forum Elections 2023: a member's reflections

...to debate key issues with colleagues; to shape joint responses; and, at times, to influence Scottish Government thinking on future policy, legislation, or funding. During the time you have been a member what have been some of the key areas...


Children in Scotland announces new Head of Policy, Projects and Participation

...2021-26 Manifesto Explore the key changes in policy and legislation we believe the Scottish Government must make Click here to access Access All Arts Fund A project working to remove barriers and improve...


An imaginative reframing of education in Scotland

...off old norms of rote-learning regimes and ‘realise the ambition’ (click here for a link to Scottish Government's Realise the Ambition strategy) of supporting all children in fully being themselves. ‘Nothing’, as Malaguzzi proclaimed,...


New research reveals that almost half of young people of secondary school age are missing out on hobbies
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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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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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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 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...

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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...

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

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

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

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

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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Consultation response: Inquiry into Public Administration - Effective Scottish Government decisionmaking (February 2023)

...and Public Administration Committee's consultation into into Public Administration - Effective Scottish Government...


Enquire response to the Scottish Government: Self-Harm Strategy and Action Plan (August 2023)

...Enquire's feedback on this Scottish Government...


Exam helpline launched for Scottish pupils

...before being reduced to normal working hours (9am to 5pm) on 10 and 11 August. SDS works with the Scottish Government, Scottish Qualifications Authority, UCAS and Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) to support pupils during results time, and...

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Scottish Child Payment to be increased
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Young people present key issues to Government

...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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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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Computing Science gets a boost in Scottish schools

...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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Government criticised for lack of school ventilation strategy

... 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...

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Changes to Scottish Attainment Challenge funding

...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

Calls for child priorities ahead of Scottish Budget

...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...

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No commitment on 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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Insight - Issue 4

...at the University of the West of Scotland, former primary school teacher, and Chair of the Scottish Government’s Anti-Racism in Education Programme about the importance of embedding a meaningful understanding of racism across the...


Children in Scotland's Early Years Conference 2023 Hub

...Accident Prevention Trust The Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) works with support from the Scottish Government to focus on preventing death and serious injury to children from avoidable accidents, in the home, on the roads and in the wider...


Our history

...by Jackie Brock, who drew on her experiences in developing Curriculum for Excellence at the Scottish Government and work across children’s services, including in additional support for learning, wellbeing, foster, kinship and residential...


Access to Childcare Fund evaluation published

...overall health and wellbeing, and develop better relationships with their children thanks to a Scottish Government Fund to expand access to school age childcare, a new report has revealed Introduced to test and run new models of school age...

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Cutting the cost of the school day

...people Pupils and staff at Braes High School, Falkirk, have been praised by the Scottish Government for finding innovative ways to help cut the cost of the school day for families struggling to make ends meet Highlighted as...

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Schools in Scotland encouraged to join LEAF programme

...people, and children to progress Learning for Sustainability and climate change education. The Scottish Government’s recently published Learning for Sustainability Action Plan 2023-2030 (click here for more) stated that learners “asked for...

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Big changes on the horizon for Scotland's play spaces

...28 March, 2023 by Nina Joynson funding outdoor play programme for government Scottish Government The Scottish Government has announced new planning reforms and funding to support children and young people’s outdoor...

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Undergrad students to receive more financial support

...14 March, 2023 by Nina Joynson care experience funding higher education Scottish Government Undergraduates The Scottish Government has announced an uplift to both SAAS loan funding for undergraduate students...

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Social work interventions across Scotland

...Scottish local authority Posted 2 March, 2023 by Nina Joynson care Care Review Scottish Government social work Welfare New research has found that, nationally, 26.5% of children were referred to social work...

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School leavers in positive destinations hits record high

...on 1 March, 2023 by Nina Joynson Attainment Education employment Scottish Government Scottish Schools Latest figures published by Scottish Government show a record number of 2022 school leavers are...

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Sturgeon resigns and centres care experience in speech

...box Education Nicola Sturgeon Scottish Child Payment Scottish Government Scottish Parliament the Promise Nicola Sturgeon shared government's past and future focus on children, young...

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Encouraging students towards digital tech

...8 February, 2023 by Nina Joynson digital funding schools Scottish Government skills technology Applications are open for a digital fund that supports tech initiatives which enhance the...

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Funding perinatal mental health services

...support funding health and wellbeing Mental Health Parents Scottish Government A fund that has supported more 7,000 individuals with perinatal mental health issues has received a new round of...

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Investment in Gaelic education

...education Posted 26 October, 2022 by Nina Joynson Education funding Gaelic Language Scots Scottish Government The Scottish Government has announced that seven education and community projects will receive funding under the Gaelic Capital...

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Bridging Payment to be doubled

...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 payment in December, after...

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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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Ongoing lack of diversity in teaching

...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...

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First Child Disability Payment statistics released

...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...

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Young People's Guarantee receives 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...

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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...

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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...

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

...CoW members have had the opportunity to voice their concerns during ministerial meetings with Scottish Government and recently compiled an evidence paper on the use of vapes and other tobacco products in education settings. Both organisations...


Safer Internet Day 2024: Exploring children’s rights and AI

...for children and young people around the world. Scotland’s AI Strategy, published in 2021 by the Scottish Government and the Scottish AI Alliance, set out the vision for the development of “trustworthy, ethical and inclusive” AI with...


Children in Scotland welcomes ban on single use vapes

...the welcome news of plans to ban single use vapes, Children in Scotland is today calling on the Scottish Government to consider the recommendations of children and young people to further curb the sale and use of tobacco products, including...


Life in Scotland for LGBT Young People: Rural Report

...rural communities? Our report has a series of recommendations for a range of stakeholders such as Scottish Government, Police Scotland, public bodies and services, etc. But for me there was also a clear message coming through from young people...


2023 highlights: reflecting on a milestone year

...sharing views on vaping, exploring topics such as the impact on health and wellbeing, while the Scottish Government commissioned Children in Scotland to support children and young people to engage with its public consultation on restricting...


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

...out of poverty this year. These steps forward are encouraging but more needs to be done for the Scottish Government to meet child poverty targets and we will continue to work with organisations across the sector to push for increased political...


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

...2021-2026 Manifesto Explore the key changes in policy and legislation we believe the Scottish Government must make Click here to access Our 2023-28 Strategic Plan Explore the plan, 'A Scotland where all children...


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

...in one place through a "four rooms" concept. With cross-party support, and a commitment from the Scottish Government to make a Bairns' Hoose available to all children who need it by 2025, the Care Inspectorate joined forces with Healthcare...


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

...future.  International School Meals Day is managed by Children in Scotland and supported by the Scottish Government.  Head of Engagement and Learning at Children in Scotland, Simon Massey, said: 'So much has changed over recent years with both...


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...


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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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...


Scottish schools recognised for work to support pupil inclusion

...of a variety of educational provision, the awards were originally developed as part of the Scottish Government’s Additional Support for Learning Action Plan. Now in their second year, entries for the awards were welcomed across four...


Sustainable funding for the third sector and action on a wellbeing economy: our calls following Programme for Government announcement

...2021-26 Manifesto Explore the key changes in policy and legislation we believe the Scottish Government must make Click here to access Child wellbeing and the Scottish budget We worked in partnership to...


Investment in the public sector and a wellbeing economy: our Programme for Government calls

...was invited to a session with the Finance and Public Affairs Committee to talk about effective Scottish Government decision-making. She highlighted the importance of good prioritisation to ensure that we are continuing to invest in preventative...


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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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...


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

‘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

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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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

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

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...


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...


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...


Children's Sector Strategic and Policy Forum Elections 2023: a member's reflections

...to debate key issues with colleagues; to shape joint responses; and, at times, to influence Scottish Government thinking on future policy, legislation, or funding. During the time you have been a member what have been some of the key areas...


Children in Scotland announces new Head of Policy, Projects and Participation

...2021-26 Manifesto Explore the key changes in policy and legislation we believe the Scottish Government must make Click here to access Access All Arts Fund A project working to remove barriers and improve...


An imaginative reframing of education in Scotland

...off old norms of rote-learning regimes and ‘realise the ambition’ (click here for a link to Scottish Government's Realise the Ambition strategy) of supporting all children in fully being themselves. ‘Nothing’, as Malaguzzi proclaimed,...


New research reveals that almost half of young people of secondary school age are missing out on hobbies
health and wellbeing hobbies Mental Health School Scottish Government

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

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 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...

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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...

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

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‘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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Children in Scotland's Early Years Conference 2023 Hub

...Accident Prevention Trust The Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) works with support from the Scottish Government to focus on preventing death and serious injury to children from avoidable accidents, in the home, on the roads and in the wider...


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...by Jackie Brock, who drew on her experiences in developing Curriculum for Excellence at the Scottish Government and work across children’s services, including in additional support for learning, wellbeing, foster, kinship and residential...



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Scottish Government launches vaping awareness campaign
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... Magazine / Scottish Government launches Take Hold campaign to raise awareness of vaping harms Posted 24.11.23 by Alice Hinds changing our world consultation health and wellbeing Scottish Government The Scottish Government has launched a...

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Scottish Government Call for Written Consultation response: Evidence on the Child Poverty (Scotland) Bill (March 2017)
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...Children in Scotland responded to the Scottish Government's call for written evidence on the Child Poverty (Scotland)...


Consultation response: Inquiry into Public Administration - Effective Scottish Government decisionmaking (February 2023)
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...and Public Administration Committee's consultation into into Public Administration - Effective Scottish Government...


Enquire response to the Scottish Government: Self-Harm Strategy and Action Plan (August 2023)
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...Enquire's feedback on this Scottish Government...


Exam helpline launched for Scottish pupils
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...before being reduced to normal working hours (9am to 5pm) on 10 and 11 August. SDS works with the Scottish Government, Scottish Qualifications Authority, UCAS and Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) to support pupils during results time, and...

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Scottish Child Payment to be increased
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Young people present key issues to Government
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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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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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Computing Science gets a boost in Scottish schools
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...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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Government criticised for lack of school ventilation strategy
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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...

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Changes to Scottish Attainment Challenge funding
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...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...

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Calls for child priorities ahead of Scottish Budget
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...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...

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No commitment on 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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Insight - Issue 4
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...at the University of the West of Scotland, former primary school teacher, and Chair of the Scottish Government’s Anti-Racism in Education Programme about the importance of embedding a meaningful understanding of racism across the...


Access to Childcare Fund evaluation published
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...overall health and wellbeing, and develop better relationships with their children thanks to a Scottish Government Fund to expand access to school age childcare, a new report has revealed Introduced to test and run new models of school age...

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Cutting the cost of the school day
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...people Pupils and staff at Braes High School, Falkirk, have been praised by the Scottish Government for finding innovative ways to help cut the cost of the school day for families struggling to make ends meet Highlighted as...

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Schools in Scotland encouraged to join LEAF programme
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...people, and children to progress Learning for Sustainability and climate change education. The Scottish Government’s recently published Learning for Sustainability Action Plan 2023-2030 (click here for more) stated that learners “asked for...

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Big changes on the horizon for Scotland's play spaces
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...28 March, 2023 by Nina Joynson funding outdoor play programme for government Scottish Government The Scottish Government has announced new planning reforms and funding to support children and young people’s outdoor...

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Undergrad students to receive more financial support
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...14 March, 2023 by Nina Joynson care experience funding higher education Scottish Government Undergraduates The Scottish Government has announced an uplift to both SAAS loan funding for undergraduate students...

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Social work interventions across Scotland
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...Scottish local authority Posted 2 March, 2023 by Nina Joynson care Care Review Scottish Government social work Welfare New research has found that, nationally, 26.5% of children were referred to social work...

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School leavers in positive destinations hits record high
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...on 1 March, 2023 by Nina Joynson Attainment Education employment Scottish Government Scottish Schools Latest figures published by Scottish Government show a record number of 2022 school leavers are...

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Sturgeon resigns and centres care experience in speech
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...box Education Nicola Sturgeon Scottish Child Payment Scottish Government Scottish Parliament the Promise Nicola Sturgeon shared government's past and future focus on children, young...

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Encouraging students towards digital tech
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...8 February, 2023 by Nina Joynson digital funding schools Scottish Government skills technology Applications are open for a digital fund that supports tech initiatives which enhance the...

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Funding perinatal mental health services
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...support funding health and wellbeing Mental Health Parents Scottish Government A fund that has supported more 7,000 individuals with perinatal mental health issues has received a new round of...

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Investment in Gaelic education
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...education Posted 26 October, 2022 by Nina Joynson Education funding Gaelic Language Scots Scottish Government The Scottish Government has announced that seven education and community projects will receive funding under the Gaelic Capital...

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Bridging Payment to be doubled
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...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 payment in December, after...

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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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Ongoing lack of diversity in teaching
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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...

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First Child Disability Payment statistics released
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...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...

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Young People's Guarantee receives 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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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...

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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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