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Increasing access to hobbies for children and young people

... Hobbies are brilliant things for many reasons. Hobbies give us the chance to learn new skills, build confidence and self esteem and make friends. If we’re lucky, we may find interests and passions that stay with us our whole...


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

...practitioners working with children and young people, it is important to continually develop new skills, knowledge and expertise to provide the best care possible. To help organisations keep up with best practice across the sector, make the most...


Explore Therapeutic Life Story Work as Diploma course launches for 2024

...with Traumatised Children - A Model for Practice (2012), designed to equip participants with the skills, knowledge and experience to undertake TLSW with children and young people.  Ahead of the 2024 intake, Children in Scotland spoke to previous...


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

...faced as a young care-experienced person with mental health problems. Being able to access the new skills and have the right equipment makes a huge difference. I can see that with support to develop I do have the opportunity to make good...


Making cyber security fun for children

...O’Neill, founder of Story Learning, discusses a project that is advocating for cyber resilience skills to be developed in the early years Children are growing up in a digital world. According to a recent report by Ofcom, 97% of children in the...


Lifeskills: educating young people to support their transition into work (2014-2016)

...Lifeskills: educating young people to support their transition into work The Lifeskills education programme, which ran from 2014-2016, was designed to support young people with their transition into work. It offered practical advice and the...


Insight: We haven’t lost any of the skills or the knowledge we had before

... Insight: We haven’t lost any of the skills or the knowledge we had before 22 April 2020 In this week’s blog our Senior Policy Officer, Emma Rogan, shares how the Policy, Projects and Participation team at Children in Scotland is...


Feel the fear and do it anyway: support from colleagues and new skills acquired during our volunteer's fourth week

... Face the fear and do it anyway: support from colleagues and new skills acquired during our volunteer's fourth week 2 Aug 2019 Last week was an interesting one! I found a new topic that I had previously thought was a little boring and also...


STEM Strategy targets gender bias and skills improvement

... STEM Strategy targets gender bias and skills improvement 27 Oct 2017 The Scottish Government has published its STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Education and Training Strategy for Scotland. The strategy focuses on...

Education

Report marks progress in collaboration, skills-building and calls to action

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

...and wellbeing, as well as more general courses focused on leadership, sustainability and digital skills. Children in Scotland’s workforce will also benefit from the new partnership, with access to The Open University (OU) in Scotland’s...


Scottish schools recognised for work to support pupil inclusion

...doing to help people.” Jenny Gilruth, Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for Education & skills said: “Congratulations to the winners and all of those who took part in this year’s Success Look Different Awards – I am immensely proud...


The aim is the same: people are at the heart of our communications strategy

...definitely didn’t exist 20 years ago.  Two semesters studying radio journalism gave me the skills to now produce podcasts; editing copy on physical sheets of paper using painstakingly memorised proofreading marks has segued into tracking...


The early years in focus: creating an event to support the sector

...not only do they have responsibility for ensuring the development of everything from social skills to fine motor skills, but they are also facing the aftermath of the pandemic - which greatly affected these youngsters in myriad ways. When...


Exploring the research behind Therapeutic Life Story Work

...Life Story Work (TLSW) A comprehensive course to equip you with the skills, knowledge and experience to undertake TLSW Click here for more The Children in Scotland Podcast Recent episodes...


Ongoing issues with delivery of Additional Support for Learning, new report reveals

...bodies. A significant first step in this would be the Cabinet Secretary for Education and skills taking direct responsibility for the Additional Support for Learning Project Board to increase the profile of this and ensure leadership for...


Creating quality assessments: The benefits of values-based approaches for reporting on relationships

...voices of the people under their care. Assessing children’s relationships  Designed to improve skills when writing reports and recommending interventions to support children and young people, my approaches can benefit anyone who wants to learn...


One step at a time

...support. Each one of them brought their whole selves to the role and some amazingly different skills that were adapted, shared and responsive to each young person’s requirements. Visual thinking tools were used predominantly but there was...


New advisory board to explore and share the experience of foster care

...influence our staff team, challenge those in power to listen, try new things and learn new skills. One of our Board members said: “It’s been a fantastic experience for all of us. It’s so great to have this opportunity to share our...


Vision through our values

...staff and the Board is central to the success of this plan. With three decades of knowledge, skills and experience as an organisation, we will respect the past, live in the here and now, and embrace the future. We will remain present in all...


Person-centred support is key for Transitions Strategy

...stage during the transitions process. They also called for more focus on the development of life-skills as a means of providing genuine and meaningful support. Lucy Johnson, Senior Children’s Rights Officer with national advice service...


Should we blame influencers for online harm? 40,000 children have their say

...we worked with them on seeking youth voice in the run up to COP26.) ‘We know that building the skills of critical thinking, tolerance, empathy and being informed about- and having agency in- the world about them is not only crucial for English...


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

...right to leisure and play. Hobbies are a way for children to play, explore their interests, build skills, make mistakes and grow. Evidence from countries where support for hobbies is in place, for example Finland, shows that taking part in...

health and wellbeing hobbies Mental Health School Scottish Government

Impact report and animation reveal the benefits of peer research in participation projects

...research approach, the young people were able to learn by doing, learn from each other and gain skills and confidence in their own abilities. On the process, one of the participants said: “The analysis of the projects, especially the tasks...

children and young people pandemic research

The science of conflict management

...was conceived as a tool to help reduce the rates of youth homelessness by giving young people the skills to reduce conflict in the family home; relationship breakdown is cited as the most common reason for young people leaving home without...

conflict relationships

Trustees Week Q&A: Satwat Rehman

...as I can to tackle inequalities and injustices and being a trustee allows me to do that using the skills, experience and expertise I have developed over the years. What’s the best thing about it? Every day is a school day! Each meeting and...

board One Parent Families Scotland Satwat Rehman trustees

Trustees Week Q&A: Simon Massey

...work services in the past – I know first-hand the difference it can make.  I wanted to use my skills and knowledge to support a charity delivering counselling and joining the Board was a great way to do it. What’s the best thing about...

relationships relationships counselling Simon Massey trustees trustees week

Trustees Week Q&A: Elaine Kerridge

...being on the Board. As Chair, I have also developed my own staff management and decision-making skills. It gives me a lot of satisfaction and pride to be part of Fast Forward’s history and development. Share this ...

board Elaine Kerridge fast forward trustees trustees week

“Children don’t need shorter holidays or longer school days. They need more play”

...and bring to the school. As play practitioners and professionals we are highly trained, and our skills and expertise have the potential to enhance the whole school community. It starts with relationships, from there we build mutual respect...

academic access to childcare fund childcare community Learning out of school care outcomes play School skills

Our Trainers & Speakers

...change for children. Each of them is passionate about sharing their knowledge to strengthen the skills of those working in the children’s sector. All our trainers possess the qualities and skills we believe are vital to our success in...


Our history

...slower at the same time”. Having provided in-person professional development to strengthen the skills of the children’s sector workforce for 27 years, the learning and events team abruptly shifted their programme online as Covid took hold....


Access to Childcare Fund evaluation published

...a range of positive outcomes, including increased opportunities for children to develop social skills and strengthen relationships with both adults and peers, especially for those with additional support needs. Minister for Children and Young...

childcare Children early learning Early years Families

Young musicians invited to Hit The Road

...live sound engineering to stage production, equipping young artists with essential knowledge and skills for developing a career in the music industry. Managed by the Scottish Music Centre and funded by the Youth Music Initiative (click here for...

Arts music scotland young people

Record number of young Scots on positive career paths

...from 17.5% last year to 21.4%. In the executive summary for the report, which was released by skills Development Scotland, the increase in the proportion of 16 to 19-year-olds in employment, and a decrease in the number of school pupils, was...

careers Education training young people

New resources to support school attendance

...say the resources aren’t just about books and tests, but ensuring young Scots develop social skills, learn routines and build friendships for life, too. As part of their mission to improve attendance, the organisation also recently held a...

Attainment Education family support schools Scottish Schools

College launches National Opportunity Day

...programmes. Sharp added: “College creates the workforce of the future, embedding practical skills that will stand the test of time. Whatever your passions, skills or interests, there’s a place for you at Kelvin, and an opportunity waiting...

Education exams higher education School

Exam helpline launched for Scottish pupils

...27.07.23 by Alice Hinds exams higher education Scottish Schools skills Scottish pupils will be able to access free, impartial career advice after receiving their exam results via a dedicated helpline...

exams higher education Scottish Schools skills

Charities set to benefit from outdoor play funding

...for their mental health and wellbeing, but is also supports children to learn social and emotional skills while boosting their physical activity. “The beauty of outdoor community play is that it’s child-led, enabling children to use their...

children and young people funding health and wellbeing outdoor play play

Young people united through street art

...Articulate finds ways for people to express themselves in positive ways, while also gaining skills and experience that support positive wellbeing, destinations and learning outcomes, reflecting Article 31 of the UNCRC, the right to create...

art care care experienced people creativity

Scottish Children’s Health Awards: nominations open

...or young person, so they are better able to deal with their current difficulties, or develop basic skills and habits to help them deal with challenges later in life. Young Achiever Award – any child or young person who has gone above and beyond,...

awards child health Healthcare

Charity shares resources to make safety simple

...downloadable educational resources, which have been designed to improve confidence, knowledge and skills around the risks to children’s safety. In Scotland, one child dies a month from accidents, while one in seven emergency admissions are...

Child Accident Prevention Trust child safety child safety week

Foster Care Fortnight: foster carers' essential work

...worker or the police. Every foster carer is given full training to ensure they have the right skills to look after children and young people, and also receive a tax-free fostering allowance. Click here for more information on Foster Care...

care care experienced people foster care the Promise

Funding confirmed for youth music programmes

...plays a vitally important role in young people’s lives, and beyond developing their wider skills and learning we know these kinds of activities also have a huge positive impact on their confidence and wellbeing. “We are committed to...

funding Learning music Scottish Schools

Scouts Scotland extends human rights learning badge

...about and claim their human rights and the activities within the badge will empower them with new skills and knowledge and help them to become true human rights defenders. Cubs and Scouts have told us they are really enjoying doing the badge, and...

Children's rights early learning human rights

Donna Martin

... Donna Martin Director Donna has skills, experience and knowledge with respect to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and the embedding of a children’s rights-based approach. She has developed her skills and understanding...

martin

School leavers in positive destinations hits record high

...end. Positive destinations include Higher and Further Education, employment, training, personal skills development and voluntary work. The figure is up from 95.5% in the 2020-2021 school year. School leavers in employment increased to 25.1%,...

Attainment Education employment Scottish Government Scottish Schools

Pupils adversely affected by CfE, study finds

...to be counter-educational, limiting young people’s opportunities to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes that are essential for successful transitions beyond school and for adult life.” Studying the curriculum  The research,...

Curriculum for Excellence Education education reform Scottish Schools

Encouraging students towards digital tech

...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 development of young...

digital funding schools Scottish Government skills technology

Online Hub - Annual Conference 2022

...exchange event We are planning an International Exchange in 2023 to share the knowledge and skills of children sector staff and volunteers from different countries through a series of webinars and online learning and networking...


Investment in Gaelic education

...education and community-led projects on Islay (£62,152). Secretary for Education and skills Shirley-Anne Somerville said: “Gaelic is a vital part of Scotland’s cultural identity and we are determined that it continues to...

Education funding Gaelic Language Scots Scottish Government

Scottish-led study identifies dyslexia gene

...if reading and spelling abilities are poor and much lower than a person’s other academic skills or cognitive abilities. According to Dyslexia Scotland one in 10 children and adults has dyslexia in Scotland. Dyslexia is known to run...

additional support for learning ASL ASN dyslexia Education Health literacy


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Increasing access to hobbies for children and young people

... Hobbies are brilliant things for many reasons. Hobbies give us the chance to learn new skills, build confidence and self esteem and make friends. If we’re lucky, we may find interests and passions that stay with us our whole...


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

...practitioners working with children and young people, it is important to continually develop new skills, knowledge and expertise to provide the best care possible. To help organisations keep up with best practice across the sector, make the most...


Explore Therapeutic Life Story Work as Diploma course launches for 2024

...with Traumatised Children - A Model for Practice (2012), designed to equip participants with the skills, knowledge and experience to undertake TLSW with children and young people.  Ahead of the 2024 intake, Children in Scotland spoke to previous...


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

...faced as a young care-experienced person with mental health problems. Being able to access the new skills and have the right equipment makes a huge difference. I can see that with support to develop I do have the opportunity to make good...


Making cyber security fun for children

...O’Neill, founder of Story Learning, discusses a project that is advocating for cyber resilience skills to be developed in the early years Children are growing up in a digital world. According to a recent report by Ofcom, 97% of children in the...


Insight: We haven’t lost any of the skills or the knowledge we had before

... Insight: We haven’t lost any of the skills or the knowledge we had before 22 April 2020 In this week’s blog our Senior Policy Officer, Emma Rogan, shares how the Policy, Projects and Participation team at Children in Scotland is...


Feel the fear and do it anyway: support from colleagues and new skills acquired during our volunteer's fourth week

... Face the fear and do it anyway: support from colleagues and new skills acquired during our volunteer's fourth week 2 Aug 2019 Last week was an interesting one! I found a new topic that I had previously thought was a little boring and also...


STEM Strategy targets gender bias and skills improvement

... STEM Strategy targets gender bias and skills improvement 27 Oct 2017 The Scottish Government has published its STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Education and Training Strategy for Scotland. The strategy focuses on...

Education

Report marks progress in collaboration, skills-building and calls to action

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

...and wellbeing, as well as more general courses focused on leadership, sustainability and digital skills. Children in Scotland’s workforce will also benefit from the new partnership, with access to The Open University (OU) in Scotland’s...


Scottish schools recognised for work to support pupil inclusion

...doing to help people.” Jenny Gilruth, Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for Education & skills said: “Congratulations to the winners and all of those who took part in this year’s Success Look Different Awards – I am immensely proud...


The aim is the same: people are at the heart of our communications strategy

...definitely didn’t exist 20 years ago.  Two semesters studying radio journalism gave me the skills to now produce podcasts; editing copy on physical sheets of paper using painstakingly memorised proofreading marks has segued into tracking...


The early years in focus: creating an event to support the sector

...not only do they have responsibility for ensuring the development of everything from social skills to fine motor skills, but they are also facing the aftermath of the pandemic - which greatly affected these youngsters in myriad ways. When...


Exploring the research behind Therapeutic Life Story Work

...Life Story Work (TLSW) A comprehensive course to equip you with the skills, knowledge and experience to undertake TLSW Click here for more The Children in Scotland Podcast Recent episodes...


Ongoing issues with delivery of Additional Support for Learning, new report reveals

...bodies. A significant first step in this would be the Cabinet Secretary for Education and skills taking direct responsibility for the Additional Support for Learning Project Board to increase the profile of this and ensure leadership for...


Creating quality assessments: The benefits of values-based approaches for reporting on relationships

...voices of the people under their care. Assessing children’s relationships  Designed to improve skills when writing reports and recommending interventions to support children and young people, my approaches can benefit anyone who wants to learn...


One step at a time

...support. Each one of them brought their whole selves to the role and some amazingly different skills that were adapted, shared and responsive to each young person’s requirements. Visual thinking tools were used predominantly but there was...


New advisory board to explore and share the experience of foster care

...influence our staff team, challenge those in power to listen, try new things and learn new skills. One of our Board members said: “It’s been a fantastic experience for all of us. It’s so great to have this opportunity to share our...


Vision through our values

...staff and the Board is central to the success of this plan. With three decades of knowledge, skills and experience as an organisation, we will respect the past, live in the here and now, and embrace the future. We will remain present in all...


Person-centred support is key for Transitions Strategy

...stage during the transitions process. They also called for more focus on the development of life-skills as a means of providing genuine and meaningful support. Lucy Johnson, Senior Children’s Rights Officer with national advice service...


Should we blame influencers for online harm? 40,000 children have their say

...we worked with them on seeking youth voice in the run up to COP26.) ‘We know that building the skills of critical thinking, tolerance, empathy and being informed about- and having agency in- the world about them is not only crucial for English...


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

...right to leisure and play. Hobbies are a way for children to play, explore their interests, build skills, make mistakes and grow. Evidence from countries where support for hobbies is in place, for example Finland, shows that taking part in...

health and wellbeing hobbies Mental Health School Scottish Government

Impact report and animation reveal the benefits of peer research in participation projects

...research approach, the young people were able to learn by doing, learn from each other and gain skills and confidence in their own abilities. On the process, one of the participants said: “The analysis of the projects, especially the tasks...

children and young people pandemic research

The science of conflict management

...was conceived as a tool to help reduce the rates of youth homelessness by giving young people the skills to reduce conflict in the family home; relationship breakdown is cited as the most common reason for young people leaving home without...

conflict relationships

Trustees Week Q&A: Satwat Rehman

...as I can to tackle inequalities and injustices and being a trustee allows me to do that using the skills, experience and expertise I have developed over the years. What’s the best thing about it? Every day is a school day! Each meeting and...

board One Parent Families Scotland Satwat Rehman trustees

Trustees Week Q&A: Simon Massey

...work services in the past – I know first-hand the difference it can make.  I wanted to use my skills and knowledge to support a charity delivering counselling and joining the Board was a great way to do it. What’s the best thing about...

relationships relationships counselling Simon Massey trustees trustees week

Trustees Week Q&A: Elaine Kerridge

...being on the Board. As Chair, I have also developed my own staff management and decision-making skills. It gives me a lot of satisfaction and pride to be part of Fast Forward’s history and development. Share this ...

board Elaine Kerridge fast forward trustees trustees week

“Children don’t need shorter holidays or longer school days. They need more play”

...and bring to the school. As play practitioners and professionals we are highly trained, and our skills and expertise have the potential to enhance the whole school community. It starts with relationships, from there we build mutual respect...

academic access to childcare fund childcare community Learning out of school care outcomes play School skills


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Our Trainers & Speakers

...change for children. Each of them is passionate about sharing their knowledge to strengthen the skills of those working in the children’s sector. All our trainers possess the qualities and skills we believe are vital to our success in...


Our history

...slower at the same time”. Having provided in-person professional development to strengthen the skills of the children’s sector workforce for 27 years, the learning and events team abruptly shifted their programme online as Covid took hold....


Online Hub - Annual Conference 2022

...exchange event We are planning an International Exchange in 2023 to share the knowledge and skills of children sector staff and volunteers from different countries through a series of webinars and online learning and networking...



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Access to Childcare Fund evaluation published
post

...a range of positive outcomes, including increased opportunities for children to develop social skills and strengthen relationships with both adults and peers, especially for those with additional support needs. Minister for Children and Young...

childcare Children early learning Early years Families

Young musicians invited to Hit The Road
post

...live sound engineering to stage production, equipping young artists with essential knowledge and skills for developing a career in the music industry. Managed by the Scottish Music Centre and funded by the Youth Music Initiative (click here for...

Arts music scotland young people

Record number of young Scots on positive career paths
post

...from 17.5% last year to 21.4%. In the executive summary for the report, which was released by skills Development Scotland, the increase in the proportion of 16 to 19-year-olds in employment, and a decrease in the number of school pupils, was...

careers Education training young people

New resources to support school attendance
post

...say the resources aren’t just about books and tests, but ensuring young Scots develop social skills, learn routines and build friendships for life, too. As part of their mission to improve attendance, the organisation also recently held a...

Attainment Education family support schools Scottish Schools

College launches National Opportunity Day
post

...programmes. Sharp added: “College creates the workforce of the future, embedding practical skills that will stand the test of time. Whatever your passions, skills or interests, there’s a place for you at Kelvin, and an opportunity waiting...

Education exams higher education School

Exam helpline launched for Scottish pupils
post

...27.07.23 by Alice Hinds exams higher education Scottish Schools skills Scottish pupils will be able to access free, impartial career advice after receiving their exam results via a dedicated helpline...

exams higher education Scottish Schools skills

Charities set to benefit from outdoor play funding
post

...for their mental health and wellbeing, but is also supports children to learn social and emotional skills while boosting their physical activity. “The beauty of outdoor community play is that it’s child-led, enabling children to use their...

children and young people funding health and wellbeing outdoor play play

Young people united through street art
post

...Articulate finds ways for people to express themselves in positive ways, while also gaining skills and experience that support positive wellbeing, destinations and learning outcomes, reflecting Article 31 of the UNCRC, the right to create...

art care care experienced people creativity

Scottish Children’s Health Awards: nominations open
post

...or young person, so they are better able to deal with their current difficulties, or develop basic skills and habits to help them deal with challenges later in life. Young Achiever Award – any child or young person who has gone above and beyond,...

awards child health Healthcare

Charity shares resources to make safety simple
post

...downloadable educational resources, which have been designed to improve confidence, knowledge and skills around the risks to children’s safety. In Scotland, one child dies a month from accidents, while one in seven emergency admissions are...

Child Accident Prevention Trust child safety child safety week

Foster Care Fortnight: foster carers' essential work
post

...worker or the police. Every foster carer is given full training to ensure they have the right skills to look after children and young people, and also receive a tax-free fostering allowance. Click here for more information on Foster Care...

care care experienced people foster care the Promise

Funding confirmed for youth music programmes
post

...plays a vitally important role in young people’s lives, and beyond developing their wider skills and learning we know these kinds of activities also have a huge positive impact on their confidence and wellbeing. “We are committed to...

funding Learning music Scottish Schools

Scouts Scotland extends human rights learning badge
post

...about and claim their human rights and the activities within the badge will empower them with new skills and knowledge and help them to become true human rights defenders. Cubs and Scouts have told us they are really enjoying doing the badge, and...

Children's rights early learning human rights

Donna Martin
post

... Donna Martin Director Donna has skills, experience and knowledge with respect to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and the embedding of a children’s rights-based approach. She has developed her skills and understanding...

martin

School leavers in positive destinations hits record high
post

...end. Positive destinations include Higher and Further Education, employment, training, personal skills development and voluntary work. The figure is up from 95.5% in the 2020-2021 school year. School leavers in employment increased to 25.1%,...

Attainment Education employment Scottish Government Scottish Schools

Pupils adversely affected by CfE, study finds
post

...to be counter-educational, limiting young people’s opportunities to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes that are essential for successful transitions beyond school and for adult life.” Studying the curriculum  The research,...

Curriculum for Excellence Education education reform Scottish Schools

Encouraging students towards digital tech
post

...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 development of young...

digital funding schools Scottish Government skills technology

Investment in Gaelic education
post

...education and community-led projects on Islay (£62,152). Secretary for Education and skills Shirley-Anne Somerville said: “Gaelic is a vital part of Scotland’s cultural identity and we are determined that it continues to...

Education funding Gaelic Language Scots Scottish Government

Scottish-led study identifies dyslexia gene
post

...if reading and spelling abilities are poor and much lower than a person’s other academic skills or cognitive abilities. According to Dyslexia Scotland one in 10 children and adults has dyslexia in Scotland. Dyslexia is known to run...

additional support for learning ASL ASN dyslexia Education Health literacy