Children in Scotland - Issue 179
• Interview: Dr Peter Vermeulen, international autism expert
• You’ve got a friend in me – The charity-run befriending service offering much needed emotional support to new parents
• Working in partnership – More about the evidence-based programme from America promoting partnership working in Scottish schools
• The sound of music – the developmental benefits of exposing children and infants to music
With the dawn of the new financial year, organisations up and down the country are looking to balance their budget and manage their finances for the year ahead. As we have seen in the media, and as many of us know from personal experience, this can often mean doing more for less – less time, less resources, less staff.
Often, as budgets are cut, support – emotional, mental and physical – is also less forthcoming.
This issue of the magazine considers some of the issues around support, particularly for those with additional support needs within our education system and wider society, and shines a light on projects that are offering that much-needed and appreciated helping hand.
Alongside our cover stories we also hear more about the development of a new toolkit for teachers in Edinburgh to help mitigate the effects of child poverty (p22),, catch up with our policy team as they return from the Spring party conference circuit (p24) and feature an article from Megan, a young blogger utilising her UNCRC right to be heard by writing for the website of the Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland (In my own words, p32).
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