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A "ruthless" sexual predator who had images of children being abused as the screensaver on his computer has been jailed for 14 years.Robert Hawkins was described by a judge as an "unrepentant paedophile" as he was sentenced at the High Court in Edinburgh on Friday.The 58-year-old was convicted of the…
Stress-led absences in the NHS have risen by just under a fifth, new analysis shows.The number of staff absent due to stress, depression and anxiety has risen 17.6% between 2015/16 and 2017/18, according to statistics obtained by Labour through Freedom of Information.The equivalent of more than one million working days…
A health board has apologised after advising staff to avoid speaking to members of the travelling community.NHS National Services Scotland sent an internal memo to staff at its staff at Gyle Square, Edinburgh, regarding local travellers.The memo said the board planned to lock all facilities over the weekend having been…
The Scottish Government has published guidance for businesses aimed at helping them identify and prevent human trafficking and exploitation.It calls on firms to carry out checks to ensure workers have access to their identification documents, and to provide employees with training to spot the signs of exploitation.Under the Modern Slavery…
Calls have been made to introduce tougher legislation to tackle violence against public sector workers, after staff reported more than 40,000 attacks for the third consecutive year.Union Unison published figures which show employees have been subjected to 40,568 violent assaults over a 12-month period.That follows 42,241 incidents last year and…
Union organisers are running a mobile advert campaign in a bid to drum up public support for a planned 48-hour strike of thousands of council workers.Around 8,000 members of the GMB and Unison unions are due to walk out on a two-day strike on Tuesday in a long-running row over…
A charity has described the number of winter deaths in Scotland as “staggering”, with statistics showing an increase to the highest level in 18 years.Figures released today by the National Records of Scotland (NRS) reveal a total of 23,137 deaths were registered across the country from December 2017 to March…
A scheme to prevent young people from becoming repeat offenders has been given lottery funding.Police Scotland has been given money to help employ two adult mentors who have first-hand experience of beating the revolving door back to prison.The force’s initiative – which received £84,000 – is among 11 groups sharing…
The first ever campaign targeting the perpetrators of human trafficking and sexual exploitation in Scotland has been launched by police. Officers said traffickers are making potentially millions of pounds from sexually exploiting victims who are left “highly traumatised” by the experience. The £25,000 campaign aims to raise public awareness of…
Children were sexually abused, beaten and humiliated as they lived in a climate of fear and coercive control at an orphanage run by a religious order, an inquiry has found. Youngsters were hit with implements such as leather straps, crucifixes and a dog’s lead at Smyllum Park orphanage in Lanark,…
Private nurseries have raised a series of concerns about the Scottish Government’s flagship proposal to expand free childcare. Ministers have promised to increase free nursery provision from the current 600 hours to 1,140 for three and four-year-olds and eligible two-year-olds by 2020, equivalent to about 30 hours a week in…
The Prime Minister has appointed what is thought to be the world's first Minister for Suicide Prevention in a bid to cut the number of people taking their own lives. Health Minister Jackie Doyle-Price (pictured) will lead the national effort and try to end the stigma which stops people from…
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