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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…
A project to take 600 people out of homelessness by offering them a secure home is being launched by a social enterprise. Social Bite said the programme is being largely funded by £3 million of the money raised from December's Sleep in the Park, when 8000 people including Sir Bob…
Councillors have approved plans to provide free school meals 365 days a year to children from low income households to help tackle "holiday hunger". North Lanarkshire Council agreed to expand its free meal entitlement to cover the 175 days of the year when pupils are not at school during weekends…
The number of recorded sexual offences against children in Scotland has risen in the last year, figures show. NSPCC Scotland found there were 4,762 offences recorded by Police Scotland in 2016/17, up 9% from 4,368 in the previous year. The most common form of offence related to indecent images of…
The Oxfam aid scandal must not be used as “cover” by those who want the UK to slash the help it provides to poorer nations overseas, Nicola Sturgeon has said. The First Minister was clear that any sexual misconduct by aid workers was “completely and utterly unacceptable” and must be…
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 Scottish international aid charity has confirmed it has dealt with two cases of alleged sexual misconduct involving children. The Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund (Sciaf) said one case involved a junior staff member for a joint organisation with other UK and Irish Catholic charities in Ethiopia, and the other…
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…
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