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The Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014: a ready-prepared all-staff briefing
Receive a ready-made Powerpoint presentation, with accompanying notes, and introduce your staff to the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014.

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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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Our Chief Executive, Jackie Brock, comments on the Referendum result

Although it is unclear whether Scotland will have all the powers it needs to increase investment in services for children and families – in particular childcare – it is important now to focus on making the most of existing powers and new devolved powers that may come to fruition as a result."

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Click here to find out more about the Commission for Childcare Reform

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Child Poverty

The report from our recent Child Poverty and Welfare Reform seminar is now available to view via Storify. Follow this link to access an exciting overview of the day's highlights, talking points and conclusions

UK Alliance for Investing in Children

Children in Scotland is working with our three partner bodies in the UK to encourage investment in children’s support and services. We will be creating materials that will promote and encourage public government and bodies to prioritise children in budget decisions inline with the European Commission Recommendation Investing in Children – Breaking the Cycle of Disadvantage.

Children in Scotland will be sharing further information about how to get involved. For more information contact Marion Macleod


Member news

Parliamentary briefing: Involvement of non-resident parents in their children’s education

Members' briefing on the Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill

Members' Briefing on the Scottish Government Debate on Child Poverty


Press and Media

More people are needed to work together to build a healthier nation

Jackie Brock, along with Claire Stevens of Voluntary Health Scotland, writes about the need to tackle health inequalities in The Herald (Agenda).

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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


Start your learning journey here!

We're excited to bring you our new Training Guide, which contains a dynamic and diverse programme of learning to support your work with children and young people.

This includes some old favourites such as behaviour management and child protection, and introduces some new topics such as LGBT and mindfulness.

Prices start from just £85 for members.

Click here to download the full guide, or get in touch with Karin, to find out more.

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Annual Conference 2014: The Future's Bright

12-13 November 2014, Perth RacecourseJohn Swinney image
Do you want to make the future bright for all of Scotland's children?

It has been an incredible year with legislation enacted to make Getting it Right for Every Child, a reality; to combine health and social care for some children and families and the forthcoming proposals to empower communities to make far-reaching changes for the future.

Keynote speaker: John Swinney Finance Secretary

Click here to learn more about Perth, and about transport and accommodation for the area


Celebrating sport

Celebrate the next generation: A legacy that lasts

The young people's sports and physical activity conference

8 October 2014, Hampden Park, Glasgow

The conference will consider how we can successfully deliver physical education, activity and sport within the curriculum and the wider community in order to build a meaningful Commonwealth Games legacy for young people in Scotland. We will explore how to build upon the work currently underway in sport, health, education, play and dance to inspire children and young people to enjoy the benefits of an active life for their lifetime.


Accelerated Progress for pupils with speech, language and communication needs

10 September 2014, Edinburgh

This technology-based practical course provides an effective and clearly structured approach with a wealth of high-impact activities for class teachers, teaching assistants, special educational needs co-ordinators and parents/carers.


Rapid Progress for Boys' Writing
(Girls too)

Inspiring outstanding writing using iPad/Android tablet games

11 September 2014, Edinburgh

This lively, practical and action packed day combines a range of thrilling and engaging interactive games with a structured, progressive whole-school approach to teaching writing in the 21st Century primary classroom. Featuring many opportunities for drama and role play, planning, drafting, editing, and publishing this full day will allow teachers to ensure that classroom technology is used to raise standards of writing in all curriculum areas.


Policy and Research news

Integrating Health and Social Care in Scotland: Potential impact on children’s services
Report One: A Review of Literature

This review is the first of three reports from a study of the potential effects of the Public Services (Joint Working) (Scotland) Act 2014 and the resultant integration of (adult) health and social care services on children and young people in Scotland and the services they use. The study was commissioned by Social Work Scotland [previously the Association of Directors of Social Work (ADSW)] and carried by a partnership of CELCIS and Children in Scotland.

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Self-directed Support

Spring 2014 newsletter on our SDS work

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