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Scotland's position on smacking children is "untenable in international human rights terms", the country's new children's commissioner has said. Bruce Adamson said legally allowing parents to smack their children puts Scotland at odds with the law in the majority of Europe. Current legislation in Scotland enables parents to use a…
Abortion should be decriminalised, medics at the British Medical Association (BMA) have said. Delegates at the BMA's annual meeting in Bournemouth voted in favour of a motion calling for a change in the law. This means the BMA will adopt this stance as formal policy and lobby ministers for a…
Legislation to lift a time bar to allow survivors of childhood abuse to sue for damages will be voted on at Holyrood later. The Limitation (Childhood Abuse) (Scotland) Bill scraps the existing three-year time limit on personal injury cases for survivors of childhood abuse up to 1964. Minister for Community…
A drive to improve mental health services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans people has begun today with the launch of a new guide by the Mental Welfare Commission. The guide, which was co-produced with LGBT Health and Wellbeing, has been launched in a bid to increase awareness of LGBT…
Disabled people continue to face barriers in employment, transport, housing and health, so are being "left behind" in society, a report warns. A study by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) found a lack of opportunities in areas including education and employment, deteriorating access to justice, a widening pay…
Friday 24 March saw the launch of Iriss Insight 35 - Gypsy Travellers: Human rights and social work's role - at an event to start conversations to bring about lasting change. The event was a partnership of members of the Gypsy Traveller community, Iriss and Scottish Association of Social Work…
The Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW) has published new guidance which outlines what they expect and what is not acceptable for people who use care and support services. This guidance has been produced as part of the CSSIW response to the Older People’s Commissioner requirements in her review,…
Emilia Fox and Emily Watson are among the female celebrities voicing their commitment to women's rights in a powerful new film for ActionAid. Charlie Webster, Lucy Rose, Frances Barber, Tanya Burr, Gabriella Wilde and Sophie Cookson have also lent their voices to highlight how the charity supports women and girls…
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