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Scotland's independent care sector has issued an urgent plea for extra investment in this week's Scottish budget. Dr Donald Macaskill, chief executive of Scottish Care, said a "significant" increase in funding was needed to ensure the sustainability of the sector. In a briefing issued before Thursday's budget, the body, which…
A children's unit at a busy hospital will close for a day because of staff shortages. Bosses at NHS Lothian announced the children's short stay assessment unit at St John's Hospital in Livingston will be closed on Saturday December 9. Staffing and recruitment issues forced the health board to close…
A young boy was beaten "black and blue", as though he had been in a boxing match, after catching two nuns in an embrace, an inquiry has heard. A man said he was six or seven when one of the nuns went "mental" and "ballistic" as she lashed out at…
A Tory former children's minister has demanded assurances from the Government that children's social care is being treated with the same level of importance as the care of adults. Tim Loughton cited rising numbers of children in care and higher thresholds for intervention as causes for his concern. Councils have…
The Scottish Government's controversial named person policy is facing further delays following a vote by a Holyrood committee. A majority of MSPs on the Education Committee backed extending scrutiny of key legislation for the scheme. They want ministers to provide details of crucial guidance accompanying the Children and Young People…
Young people are leading an in-depth Scottish Government study into child and adolescent mental health services. Between 15 and 20 people aged 14 and 22 will be recruited, from a variety of backgrounds, as part of the new youth commission on mental health services. It comes as mental health minister…
A nun broke a young girl's arm as she reacted to discovering the child was being sexually abused by a priest, an inquiry has heard. A witness told how she had hoped she would be protected when the nun walked in on the assault in 1970, when she was eight,…
The number of households in fuel poverty fell by almost 100,000 last year. Official statistics show a drop from 748,000 in 2015 to 649,000 in 2016. Almost two-thirds of the reduction was attributed to lower energy prices. Campaigners said the fall was welcome news but the number of fuel-poor households…
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