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2023 highlights: reflecting on a milestone year

...part of our Children’s Views work, we gathered the views of even more children aged 12-15 with additional support needs as part of My Rights, My Say (click here for more), and developed new framework that allows children outwith this age...


Further phase of national arts funding announced, as Access All Arts report launches

...by Creative Scotland, the Access All Arts Fund supports young people with disabilities, additional support needs, or other financial, social or mental health barriers to the arts to apply for funding for a range of arts activities, from...


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

...landscape, but across Scotland itself. The experiences and views of children and young people with additional support needs have always been central to our vision and values, but recently we have been actively shifting our approach towards being...


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

... New fund supports 106 young people with additional support needs to access the arts and unlock their creative potential 28 April 2022 MEDIA RELEASE A total of 106 young people with additional support needs have taken forward creative arts...

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Inclusion Ambassadors report recommends action to help children and young people with additional support needs feel supported and included in school

...Inclusion Ambassadors has been published today, calling for more activity to ensure those with additional support needs feel supported at school. The report, Challenging inequality and leading change, reviews the work of the Inclusion...

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New report reveals what really matters to pupils with additional support needs

...2022 A new report from Children in Scotland has identified key messages from young people with additional support needs on how best to support their education journey. The work is part of a larger project, managed by Education Scotland, to...

Additional support ASL ASN Education inclusion pupil voice

Winners announced for inaugural awards, celebrating school pupils with additional support needs

...first ever Success Looks Different Awards in recognition of how they celebrate their pupils with additional support needs. The awards, developed by the Inclusion Ambassadors and managed by Children in Scotland, allow schools to share how they...

ASL ASN inclusion Inclusion Ambassadors

Scottish schools recognised for work to support pupil inclusion

...this year's Success Looks Different Awards in recognition of how they celebrate their pupils with additional support needs. The awards invited education settings to share how they were supporting the achievements of their pupils outwith...


Person-centred support is key for Transitions Strategy

...strategy. The Inclusion Ambassadors, a group that comprises secondary school-aged pupils with additional support needs who attend a range of education provision, have been asked to share their experiences of transition planning and support as...


Young people’s creative pursuits supported by national arts funding

Scotland’s education system "needs structural and cultural reform"

...education and continuing professional learning A return to 2010 levels of specialist provision for additional support needs Increased focus on ASL in initial teacher education and through continuous training New / renewed national policy to support...

ASL ASN Education exams Manifesto

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

...to build knowledge and influence practice development around support for young people with additional support needs in an education setting. Children in Scotland will spend the next six weeks consulting and engaging with young people...

additional support for learning ASL ASN Education

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

...RELEASE Schools who actively celebrate the successes and achievements of their pupils with additional support needs are to be recognised with a new award launched today. The Success Looks Different award, developed by Scotland’s national...

Additional support inclusion Inclusion Ambassadors

Government ‘must be brave’ in leading education reforms, focusing on rights, early years and meeting all learners’ needs
additional support for learning Children's rights Early years Education education reform inclusion Inclusion Ambassadors learners report

New partnership project to hear from young people with additional needs about what works for them in transition to adulthood

...how important the period of transition to adulthood is for all young people and, for those with additional support needs in particular, how vital it is that person-centred support for transitions is available. “We're really excited to learn...

additional support for learning additional support needs Contact disabled inclusion NDTI Time to Talk Next Steps transition

Progress on additional support for learning must be accelerated in wake of the pandemic

...session, Sally said: “We know that the educational experiences of children and young people with additional support needs have been particularly impacted by the global pandemic. That’s why it is imperative that the progress made against the ASL...

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The Inclusion Ambassadors have a clear vision to help pupils feel more supported at school. Now they need your help to make it happen

...something everyone should get behind The Inclusion Ambassadors are a group of 20 young people with additional support needs from all across Scotland. The group aims to make sure that the views of young people with additional support needs are...


Launching a new way to support child rights and additional support for learning

...They also said that all school staff “need to have more knowledge and understanding of additional support needs”.   In October the Scottish Government, COSLA and ADES published their response to that review, the Additional...


New measures to support autistic pupils welcome, but we must not lose momentum

...significant changes. “However, it is critical for autistic children, and all children with additional support needs, that we also focus on the other areas identified within the report to make sure we are doing our very best for all children...

ASL ASN Autism Children's rights Education equality inclusion

Our view on the Programme for Government: Positive pledges on youth jobs and climate, more ambition needed on family support and fighting poverty
communities Education environment Health Inequalities programme for government UNCRC

Panel on Europe issues letter to John Swinney urging support for right to education through Brexit

...Listen to Us in which we described our worries about Brexit affecting funding for children with additional support needs, the number of teachers in rural areas, and the importance of making sure we learn about politics in school so we feel...


To support children in the fight against this virus, we need your voices, knowledge and expertise

...parents or carers understand how the new coronavirus laws affect the education of children with additional support needs in Scotland. The website will be updated daily as new education legislation and guidance is published. Referrals to the My...

engagement events Learning membership network

Mobilise third sector services to give children and communities support in the fight against Covid-19

...childcare providers will be absolutely crucial as this is an especially vulnerable time for them. additional support needs: local action and continuity vital “We welcome acknowledgment of the fact that the impacts of Covid-19 are particularly...

ASN childcare communities Covid-19 Education schools

Universal or targeted? Supporting free period products is about values as much as availability

More knowledge, flexibility and consistent support: young people’s recommendations to the ASL review

...for more knowledge, flexibility and consistent support. The group of young people, who all have additional support needs, submitted a response directly to Angela Morgan ahead of the publication of her review report in Spring 2020. Observations...


25 Calls response – The increasingly apparent gaps in mental health support and provision for young people highlights the chasm in mental health support for all

First Minister challenged by young people on mental health support and Brexit aftermath

...those from black minority ethnic backgrounds, who are less confident, live in rural areas, or have additional support needs. We’ll be ensuring that the issues raised by the young people in FMQT Next Generation are pursued so that this opportunity...

Children Nicola Sturgeon Participation young people

Additional support service strengthens its online offer to children and families

...working with children. The section contains information about their duties towards children with additional support needs, alongside policy and legislative developments and advice on communicating with parents and carers. Catriona Thomson,...

ASL Children's rights News Support

How can we support young carers in education settings?

...aren’t able to attend parents’ night. But just think about it. The children you know with additional support needs are likely to have brothers and sisters who provide care at home. Then there are those who are caring for a parent with an...


School support staff shortage 'must be tackled'

...medicine, is an issue of concern for both school support staff and parents of children who have additional support needs. “Some parents have told us that they have to take time off work to go into school to meet their child’s needs, and in...

Inequalities Mental Health News Staff Support

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

...medicine, is an issue of concern for both school support staff and parents of children who have additional support needs. “Some parents have told us that they have to take time off work to go into school to meet their child’s needs, and in...

Children Consultation response Healthcare News Policy School Scottish Government Staff

Listen, learn and act: New magazine calls for "young voices" to shape the children's sector

...Miller, from Shared Lives Plus, explores an innovative project, which enables parents with additional support needs to care for their child at home Amy Hutton, Director of Services at Cyrenians, discusses Scotland’s housing...


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

...in working with (and challenging) the Scottish Government on supporting young people with additional support needs in Education; and, more recently, on Family Support, including the Whole Family Wellbeing Fund. The Forum is made up of 30...


Inclusion Ambassadors recognised in international report into inclusive education

...education systems. The Inclusion Ambassadors, a group of secondary school age pupils all with additional support needs and who attend a range of education provision are encourages to speak freely and openly about their experiences of being a...


Inclusion Ambassadors welcome school return but say the still don't feel heard

...to highlight what needs to happen to  make sure the Inclusion Ambassadors, and others with additional support needs, are fairly and appropriately included in decisions about their education." “We will be working with the group over this...

additional support needs ASL ASN Education inclusion Inclusion Ambassadors

Not Included, Not Engaged, Not Involved: Survey finds autistic children are missing out on education
additional support needs ASN Autism School

Children in Scotland to manage new Early Learning and Childcare Inclusion Fund

...fund aimed at supporting early learning and childcare settings to meet the needs of children with additional support needs. The Early Learning & Childcare Inclusion Fund will provide funding to early learning and childcare (ELC) settings to...

additional support needs childcare early learning funding

Children’s rights extended as new legislation comes into force

...reflect on their practice and consider whether they routinely listen to and involve children with additional support needs in the decisions that directly affect them.” A new children's service called My Rights My Say has also been created to...

Additional support additional support needs Children's rights Legislation

New resources to support school attendance
Attainment Education family support schools Scottish Schools

Report highlights success of family support programme

...£3 million in disability payments for Scottish children May 18, 2022 Councils urged to keep additional support needs on the agenda  May 10, 2022 Accelerate free school meal provision, says STUC April 22, 2022 Rewind welfare reform...

Health parenting

Members Bill to give legal right to transition support
Additional support ASL ASN Education transitions

Support Help and Integration in Perthshire (SHIP)

...runs youth clubs, sports groups, holiday clubs and after school clubs for children with complex additional support needs (5-18 years). The parent-led charity has been running since 1986 and has extensive experience in supporting children to...


Review of Additional Support for Learning

...you click on the section, it will open in a new page. What did children and young people with additional support needs tell Angela? Click here to open (opens in PDF) What is the current situation? Click here to open (opens in PDF) Who has...


Not included, not engaged, not involved supporter update

...of additional funding for frontline staff working with children and young people with additional support needs made in Programme for Government 2019-20 welcome Support for the revised guidance on placing children with additional...


Call 3: All children and young people should have access to mental health support when they need it, based on rights, trust, privacy – and without discrimination

Call 12: Support our pupils and teachers: embed understanding of ASN in initial teacher training and ongoing development

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

...the school starting age to maximise the welcome development of ELC. Integration for children with additional support needs and for their families is essential for their wellbeing. They are particularly dependent on services based on effective...


Call 21: Invest in relationship-based whole-family support

Our Trainers & Speakers

...Three Sisters Consultancy, has spent her career working closely with vulnerable young people with additional support needs (including autism) and practitioners and parents and carers who support them. Her expertise is in designing and delivering...


ASL Inquiry Education, Children and Young People Committee

...of the presumption of mainstreaming, meaning that, where possible, children and young people with additional support needs should be educated in mainstream schools alongside other pupils, rather than in special schools · the impact of the...


Insight – Issue 5

...Miller, from Shared Lives Plus, explores an innovative project, which enables parents with additional support needs to care for their child at home Amy Hutton, Director of Services at Cyrenians, discusses Scotland’s housing...


Insight - Issue 2

...their healthcare journey Angela Morgan urges for us to challenge the status quo for pupils with additional support needs Professor Laura Lundy asks if Scotland can deliver on the promises of the UNCRC Bruce Adamson, Children and Young...


Our history

...has since underpinned policy and influencing work, with a focus on inclusion of young people with additional support needs, structural and cultural reform of Scotland’s education system, improved access to arts and heritage experiences, and...


Access to Childcare Fund evaluation published

...social skills and strengthen relationships with both adults and peers, especially for those with additional support needs. Minister for Children and Young People, Natalie Don said: “As we mark Challenge Poverty Week this report highlights the...

childcare Children early learning Early years Families

New app launched to help school leavers

... Photo credit: Julie Howden/ARC Magazine / New app launched to help school leavers with additional support needs transition into adulthood Posted 22.06.23 by Alice Hinds additional support...

additional support needs Disability School transition

Success Looks Different Award

...Looks Different Award In recognition of how schools support and celebrate their pupils with additional support needs. The Success Looks Different Awards, launched in 2022, is a chance for schools to celebrate how they are helping pupils...

additional support needs ASL inclusion Inclusion Ambassadors


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2023 highlights: reflecting on a milestone year

...part of our Children’s Views work, we gathered the views of even more children aged 12-15 with additional support needs as part of My Rights, My Say (click here for more), and developed new framework that allows children outwith this age...


Further phase of national arts funding announced, as Access All Arts report launches

...by Creative Scotland, the Access All Arts Fund supports young people with disabilities, additional support needs, or other financial, social or mental health barriers to the arts to apply for funding for a range of arts activities, from...


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

...landscape, but across Scotland itself. The experiences and views of children and young people with additional support needs have always been central to our vision and values, but recently we have been actively shifting our approach towards being...


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

... New fund supports 106 young people with additional support needs to access the arts and unlock their creative potential 28 April 2022 MEDIA RELEASE A total of 106 young people with additional support needs have taken forward creative arts...

Arts ASN inclusion Participation young people

Inclusion Ambassadors report recommends action to help children and young people with additional support needs feel supported and included in school

...Inclusion Ambassadors has been published today, calling for more activity to ensure those with additional support needs feel supported at school. The report, Challenging inequality and leading change, reviews the work of the Inclusion...

additional support for learning ASL ASN inclusion Inclusion Ambassadors

New report reveals what really matters to pupils with additional support needs

...2022 A new report from Children in Scotland has identified key messages from young people with additional support needs on how best to support their education journey. The work is part of a larger project, managed by Education Scotland, to...

Additional support ASL ASN Education inclusion pupil voice

Winners announced for inaugural awards, celebrating school pupils with additional support needs

...first ever Success Looks Different Awards in recognition of how they celebrate their pupils with additional support needs. The awards, developed by the Inclusion Ambassadors and managed by Children in Scotland, allow schools to share how they...

ASL ASN inclusion Inclusion Ambassadors

Scottish schools recognised for work to support pupil inclusion

...this year's Success Looks Different Awards in recognition of how they celebrate their pupils with additional support needs. The awards invited education settings to share how they were supporting the achievements of their pupils outwith...


Person-centred support is key for Transitions Strategy

...strategy. The Inclusion Ambassadors, a group that comprises secondary school-aged pupils with additional support needs who attend a range of education provision, have been asked to share their experiences of transition planning and support as...


Young people’s creative pursuits supported by national arts funding

Scotland’s education system "needs structural and cultural reform"

...education and continuing professional learning A return to 2010 levels of specialist provision for additional support needs Increased focus on ASL in initial teacher education and through continuous training New / renewed national policy to support...

ASL ASN Education exams Manifesto

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

...to build knowledge and influence practice development around support for young people with additional support needs in an education setting. Children in Scotland will spend the next six weeks consulting and engaging with young people...

additional support for learning ASL ASN Education

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

...RELEASE Schools who actively celebrate the successes and achievements of their pupils with additional support needs are to be recognised with a new award launched today. The Success Looks Different award, developed by Scotland’s national...

Additional support inclusion Inclusion Ambassadors

Government ‘must be brave’ in leading education reforms, focusing on rights, early years and meeting all learners’ needs
additional support for learning Children's rights Early years Education education reform inclusion Inclusion Ambassadors learners report

New partnership project to hear from young people with additional needs about what works for them in transition to adulthood

...how important the period of transition to adulthood is for all young people and, for those with additional support needs in particular, how vital it is that person-centred support for transitions is available. “We're really excited to learn...

additional support for learning additional support needs Contact disabled inclusion NDTI Time to Talk Next Steps transition

Progress on additional support for learning must be accelerated in wake of the pandemic

...session, Sally said: “We know that the educational experiences of children and young people with additional support needs have been particularly impacted by the global pandemic. That’s why it is imperative that the progress made against the ASL...

additional support for learning ASL ASL review ASN inclusion

The Inclusion Ambassadors have a clear vision to help pupils feel more supported at school. Now they need your help to make it happen

...something everyone should get behind The Inclusion Ambassadors are a group of 20 young people with additional support needs from all across Scotland. The group aims to make sure that the views of young people with additional support needs are...


Launching a new way to support child rights and additional support for learning

...They also said that all school staff “need to have more knowledge and understanding of additional support needs”.   In October the Scottish Government, COSLA and ADES published their response to that review, the Additional...


New measures to support autistic pupils welcome, but we must not lose momentum

...significant changes. “However, it is critical for autistic children, and all children with additional support needs, that we also focus on the other areas identified within the report to make sure we are doing our very best for all children...

ASL ASN Autism Children's rights Education equality inclusion

Our view on the Programme for Government: Positive pledges on youth jobs and climate, more ambition needed on family support and fighting poverty
communities Education environment Health Inequalities programme for government UNCRC

Panel on Europe issues letter to John Swinney urging support for right to education through Brexit

...Listen to Us in which we described our worries about Brexit affecting funding for children with additional support needs, the number of teachers in rural areas, and the importance of making sure we learn about politics in school so we feel...


To support children in the fight against this virus, we need your voices, knowledge and expertise

...parents or carers understand how the new coronavirus laws affect the education of children with additional support needs in Scotland. The website will be updated daily as new education legislation and guidance is published. Referrals to the My...

engagement events Learning membership network

Mobilise third sector services to give children and communities support in the fight against Covid-19

...childcare providers will be absolutely crucial as this is an especially vulnerable time for them. additional support needs: local action and continuity vital “We welcome acknowledgment of the fact that the impacts of Covid-19 are particularly...

ASN childcare communities Covid-19 Education schools

Universal or targeted? Supporting free period products is about values as much as availability

More knowledge, flexibility and consistent support: young people’s recommendations to the ASL review

...for more knowledge, flexibility and consistent support. The group of young people, who all have additional support needs, submitted a response directly to Angela Morgan ahead of the publication of her review report in Spring 2020. Observations...


25 Calls response – The increasingly apparent gaps in mental health support and provision for young people highlights the chasm in mental health support for all

First Minister challenged by young people on mental health support and Brexit aftermath

...those from black minority ethnic backgrounds, who are less confident, live in rural areas, or have additional support needs. We’ll be ensuring that the issues raised by the young people in FMQT Next Generation are pursued so that this opportunity...

Children Nicola Sturgeon Participation young people

Additional support service strengthens its online offer to children and families

...working with children. The section contains information about their duties towards children with additional support needs, alongside policy and legislative developments and advice on communicating with parents and carers. Catriona Thomson,...

ASL Children's rights News Support

How can we support young carers in education settings?

...aren’t able to attend parents’ night. But just think about it. The children you know with additional support needs are likely to have brothers and sisters who provide care at home. Then there are those who are caring for a parent with an...


School support staff shortage 'must be tackled'

...medicine, is an issue of concern for both school support staff and parents of children who have additional support needs. “Some parents have told us that they have to take time off work to go into school to meet their child’s needs, and in...

Inequalities Mental Health News Staff Support

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

...medicine, is an issue of concern for both school support staff and parents of children who have additional support needs. “Some parents have told us that they have to take time off work to go into school to meet their child’s needs, and in...

Children Consultation response Healthcare News Policy School Scottish Government Staff

Listen, learn and act: New magazine calls for "young voices" to shape the children's sector

...Miller, from Shared Lives Plus, explores an innovative project, which enables parents with additional support needs to care for their child at home Amy Hutton, Director of Services at Cyrenians, discusses Scotland’s housing...


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

...in working with (and challenging) the Scottish Government on supporting young people with additional support needs in Education; and, more recently, on Family Support, including the Whole Family Wellbeing Fund. The Forum is made up of 30...


Inclusion Ambassadors recognised in international report into inclusive education

...education systems. The Inclusion Ambassadors, a group of secondary school age pupils all with additional support needs and who attend a range of education provision are encourages to speak freely and openly about their experiences of being a...


Inclusion Ambassadors welcome school return but say the still don't feel heard

...to highlight what needs to happen to  make sure the Inclusion Ambassadors, and others with additional support needs, are fairly and appropriately included in decisions about their education." “We will be working with the group over this...

additional support needs ASL ASN Education inclusion Inclusion Ambassadors

Not Included, Not Engaged, Not Involved: Survey finds autistic children are missing out on education
additional support needs ASN Autism School

Children in Scotland to manage new Early Learning and Childcare Inclusion Fund

...fund aimed at supporting early learning and childcare settings to meet the needs of children with additional support needs. The Early Learning & Childcare Inclusion Fund will provide funding to early learning and childcare (ELC) settings to...

additional support needs childcare early learning funding

Children’s rights extended as new legislation comes into force

...reflect on their practice and consider whether they routinely listen to and involve children with additional support needs in the decisions that directly affect them.” A new children's service called My Rights My Say has also been created to...

Additional support additional support needs Children's rights Legislation


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Support Help and Integration in Perthshire (SHIP)

...runs youth clubs, sports groups, holiday clubs and after school clubs for children with complex additional support needs (5-18 years). The parent-led charity has been running since 1986 and has extensive experience in supporting children to...


Review of Additional Support for Learning

...you click on the section, it will open in a new page. What did children and young people with additional support needs tell Angela? Click here to open (opens in PDF) What is the current situation? Click here to open (opens in PDF) Who has...


Our Trainers & Speakers

...Three Sisters Consultancy, has spent her career working closely with vulnerable young people with additional support needs (including autism) and practitioners and parents and carers who support them. Her expertise is in designing and delivering...


ASL Inquiry Education, Children and Young People Committee

...of the presumption of mainstreaming, meaning that, where possible, children and young people with additional support needs should be educated in mainstream schools alongside other pupils, rather than in special schools · the impact of the...


Our history

...has since underpinned policy and influencing work, with a focus on inclusion of young people with additional support needs, structural and cultural reform of Scotland’s education system, improved access to arts and heritage experiences, and...



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New resources to support school attendance
postAttainment Education family support schools Scottish Schools

Report highlights success of family support programme
post

...£3 million in disability payments for Scottish children May 18, 2022 Councils urged to keep additional support needs on the agenda  May 10, 2022 Accelerate free school meal provision, says STUC April 22, 2022 Rewind welfare reform...

Health parenting

Members Bill to give legal right to transition support
postAdditional support ASL ASN Education transitions

Not included, not engaged, not involved supporter update
post

...of additional funding for frontline staff working with children and young people with additional support needs made in Programme for Government 2019-20 welcome Support for the revised guidance on placing children with additional...


Call 3: All children and young people should have access to mental health support when they need it, based on rights, trust, privacy – and without discrimination
post
Call 12: Support our pupils and teachers: embed understanding of ASN in initial teacher training and ongoing development
post
Call 17: Prioritise integration, support for families and participation to give children the best start
post

...the school starting age to maximise the welcome development of ELC. Integration for children with additional support needs and for their families is essential for their wellbeing. They are particularly dependent on services based on effective...


Call 21: Invest in relationship-based whole-family support
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Insight – Issue 5
post

...Miller, from Shared Lives Plus, explores an innovative project, which enables parents with additional support needs to care for their child at home Amy Hutton, Director of Services at Cyrenians, discusses Scotland’s housing...


Insight - Issue 2
post

...their healthcare journey Angela Morgan urges for us to challenge the status quo for pupils with additional support needs Professor Laura Lundy asks if Scotland can deliver on the promises of the UNCRC Bruce Adamson, Children and Young...


Access to Childcare Fund evaluation published
post

...social skills and strengthen relationships with both adults and peers, especially for those with additional support needs. Minister for Children and Young People, Natalie Don said: “As we mark Challenge Poverty Week this report highlights the...

childcare Children early learning Early years Families

New app launched to help school leavers
post

... Photo credit: Julie Howden/ARC Magazine / New app launched to help school leavers with additional support needs transition into adulthood Posted 22.06.23 by Alice Hinds additional support...

additional support needs Disability School transition

Success Looks Different Award
post

...Looks Different Award In recognition of how schools support and celebrate their pupils with additional support needs. The Success Looks Different Awards, launched in 2022, is a chance for schools to celebrate how they are helping pupils...

additional support needs ASL inclusion Inclusion Ambassadors