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The Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014: a ready-prepared all-staff briefing
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NEW Children in Scotland magazine – April issue

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New ways of working - Implementation of the Children's Hearings (Scotland) Act, nine months on

Ready, set, go! - Physical education, sport and physical literacy

Breaking the cycle - Parenting in Polmont YOI


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Safeguarding children's futures: a guide to Powers of Attorney, Guardianship and Wills for professionals working with children and families in Scotland



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Childcare in Scotland

The final report from our Childcare event held in March is now available.

On 26 March, Children in Scotland, in partnership with SCDI, held an event to discuss the current childcare system - identifying challenges and highlighting what areas should be reviewed in order to establish a new model of childcare for Scotland.

At this event a new Childcare Allliance and Commission for Childcare Reform was also announced.

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Self-directed Support
Children in Scotland has just published its second issue of the Self-directed Support newsletter which offers a round-up of the latest information and resources available on Self-directed Support as it relates to children, young people and families.
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Leaders of Learning

The final report from the Leaders of Learning pupil participation project is now available.

The aim of this collaborative project - between Children in Scotland, the Children’s Parliament and Young Scot - was to enable children and young people to identify the support needed to ensure that their broader learning is valued and acknowledged and to work with other leaders in our schools, communities, workplaces and national learning bodies to achieve the goals of Curriculum for Excellence.

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Numeracy conference report

Numeracy and Maths count in Scotland: a summary report of the Children in Scotland conference held in January 2014 is now available.

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Transitions Survey summary

Children in Scotland members and parents involved in the fSDC Parent Participation Project which Children in Scotland facilitates were sent a link to a survey to find out if members’ experiences echoed those of the Scottish Transitions Forum members.

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Member news

Members' Briefing: Equally Safe: Scotland's Strategy for Preventing the Causes and Consequences of Violence Against Women and Girls

Members’ Briefing: Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill Stage 3

Members' Briefing: Budget (Scotland) (No.3) Bill Stage 3 debate


Press and Media

Best start in life

Chief Executive Jackie Brock talks to Holyrood magazine about childcare

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Get ready for new ways of delivering early learning, says Jackie Brock

Children in Scotland's Chief Executive comments on the need to reform the current model of early learing and childcare, and how the new Alliance and Partnership Commission will help do just that.

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The Childcare Alliance is now live!

Children in Scotland have launched a new Childcare Alliance, and a Partnership Commission for Childcare Reform, to look at a new model of provision and funding for childcare in Scotland.

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Additional support needs - When growing up means going round in circles

Sally Cavers discusses with TESS the discrepancies in care for young people with additional support needs, once they leave school.

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Events and Training


Children's food conference

Better Eating; Better Learning: the children's food conference

1 May 2014, Glasgow

The new report Better Eating; Better Learning sets the agenda on food provision in educational settings for the next decade. What will be the role of the teaching and early years staff, health practitioners, suppliers, and caterers who are involved in supporting children to learn about good food and nutrition? And what are the opportunities and challenges presented by the introduction of free school meals in January 2015?

Speakers include:
Dr Alasdair Allan, Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland's Languages

David Rex, Specialist Dietician for Health Promoting Schools
The event will focus on:
• High quality and free: stepping up to the challenge of free school meals
• Laying the foundations: supporting early years practitioners and parents
• Putting food at the heart of the Curriculum
• Increasing uptake: encouraging children to stay onsite and choose school meals


Welfare and Poverty seminar

Tackling Child Poverty Together

Child Poverty and Welfare Reform: Looking towards the future

12 June 2014, Edinburgh
The Scottish Government’s new Child Poverty Strategy was launched in March.

This one day seminar explores how we can ensure policy, practice and service delivery is informed by a thorough understanding of the impact of welfare changes on children, young people and their families in Scotland.

This is also an opportunity for us to question how frontline services and policy makers can tackle child poverty and continue to improve outcomes for children in the face of further reforms and shrinking family incomes?


Annual Conference 2014

12-13 November 2014, Perth Racecourse

Bookings are now open for our Annual Conference 2014 in partnership with Perth & Kinross Council.

Policy and Research news

Self-directed Support

Spring 2014 newsletter on our SDS work

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Children and Young People BillBriefings

Members’ Briefing: Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill Stage 3

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Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill Briefing – Part 4 (Provision of Named Persons)

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Briefing - Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill - Early Learning and Childcare

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