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A review of children whose referrals to mental health services were rejected will be held, the First Minister has announced. NHS figures show about one in five referrals was rejected in 2015, with the number affected totalling around 17,000 children and young people over the last three years. Conservative MSP…
There are "serious gaps" in crisis care for children with mental health problems, a new report has warned. One in 10 local health areas has no plan to improve crisis care for young people, according to the Education Policy Institute. This is despite acknowledgement from the Government for clinical commissioning…
An inquiry into the social care of children and young people, has found the system is struggling to keep pace with the rising numbers of children and families who need help, with nearly 90% of senior managers saying they find it increasingly difficult to provide children ‘in need’, including those…
Education Secretary John Swinney should "do a Hammond" and ditch the controversial named-person scheme, former SNP depute leader Jim Sillars has said. The veteran politician warned the Scottish Government could face years of punishment if it proceeds with the policy, which was the subject of a lengthy court battle. Speaking…
Barnardo’s Scotland has called for the Scottish Government to do more to help children with mental health problems. The children’s charity is supporting a call made by Scottish Labour in their briefing on Mental Health in 2016, ‘Ending the Scandal’. NHS figures show that of all referrals to Child and…
More than a quarter of children are now living in poverty in Scotland. Government statistics show 26% of children in Scotland - approximately 260,000 - were living in relative poverty in 2015/16 after housing costs. It marks a growth of 4% from the previous year, an increase described by charities…
Campaign groups have attacked "truly shocking" new figures showing four million children are affected by poverty. The Children's Society said the situation was "clearly getting worse", estimating that almost a third of children were now living in poverty. The Government said official statistics showed that the percentage of children living…
Children in need of help will be able to get counselling on their smartphones through a new app launched by the NSPCC's Childline. The app will allow youngsters to chat directly with a counsellor, as well as get advice on issues such as bullying. It also includes a private "locker"…
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