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Education Secretary John Swinney has been asked to detail meetings between government officials and witnesses to a Holyrood committee regarding named person legislation. The written request comes after Mr Swinney was asked to provide assurances in November over questions on whether “the Scottish Government sought to directly influence evidence to…
The mother of a seriously ill six-year-old boy has described a government decision to deny him a life-changing cannabis treatment as "astonishing", and pleaded with the public to help lobby for a change of heart. Alfie Dingley's mother Hannah Deacon said she felt the Home Office was not applying common…
A council is planning to offer free school meals 365 days a year to children from low income households to help tackle "holiday hunger". North Lanarkshire Council proposes expanding its free meal entitlement beyond the school gate to cover the 175 days of the year when pupils are not at…
A woman who wanted to stop medics giving her 13-year-old autistic son an antipsychotic drug has lost a family court fight. The teenager, who has a severe learning disability, was living in a specialist residential unit and had been placed in the care of council social services bosses, a judge…
International organisations funded by the Scottish Government have been asked to give assurances over their policies to protect the vulnerable. It comes in the wake of the Oxfam sexual misconduct scandal. The charity has been accused of concealing the findings of an inquiry into claims staff used prostitutes while delivering…
Minnie Driver has become the first celebrity to quit as an Oxfam ambassador following allegations senior staff working in crisis zones paid for sex with vulnerable locals. The Good Will Hunting star resigned after 20 years with the charity, saying she was "horrified" by the scandal. In a statement published…
Hundreds of school leaders say they have had difficulties commissioning mental health services for pupils, according to a survey published by children's charity Place2Be. The research showed that while 84% of secondary schools and 56% of primary schools offered some form of counselling services for students, almost half said that…
A new initiative to prevent mental health problems arising in children with long-term physical conditions has been successfully piloted across Scotland and is now available to schools and youth organisations nation-wide. Long term conditions, such as arthritis, spina bifida, epilepsy and diabetes often have a profound impact on the mental…
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