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Government urged to protect women's rights

The Fawcett Society, supported by a group of charities, unions and academics, has published a report outlining policy recommendations for the Government to ensure that progress made in women's rights and equality is not undermined by deficit reducing budget cuts. 

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Consultation on Children’s Hearings Rules

The Scottish Government has launched a consultation seeking views on the draft Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Act 2011 (Rules) 2012.

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SCRA publishes Annual Report

The Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration (SCRA) has recently published its Annual  Report for 2010/11, which shows that for the fourth year running there has been a fall (7.8%) in the number of children and young people being referred to its service.

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Vulnerable families struggling to cope

A recent report from charity, Action for Children, has found that vulnerable families are reaching breaking point and that support services are struggling to cope with the level of demand for their services.

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Early years investment

Over 20 charities are set to receive a share of a £6.8 million funding boost for vulnerable young children and families.

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Consultation on national Safeguarders Panel

The Scottish Government has launched a consultation on the draft Safeguarders Panel Regulations 2012.

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Foster carers from BME backgrounds wanted

Edinburgh Council has launched a new multimedia campaign aimed at tackling a shortage of foster carers in Edinburgh. Carers from all backgrounds are needed, but the Council wants to double the number of foster carers from black and minority ethnic backgrounds (BME).

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Child protection in Midlothian

Social Care and Social Work Improvement Scotland (SCSWIS) has issued its joint inspection report on the protection of children and young people in the Midlothian area.

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Home alone and child baby-sitters

A member of the Law Society of Scotland's Family Law Sub-Committee has offered some advice for confused parents on the subject of leaving children home alone or with a child baby-sitter.

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Marriage does not improve children’s development

The Government has previously expressed support for the idea of supporting marriage through the tax system. Among the possible rationales for such a policy is a belief that having married parents, as opposed to cohabiting parents, improves children’s cognitive or social development.

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SCRA figures show fall in number of referrals

Recent figures released by the Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration (SCRA) have shown that for the fourth year running there has been a fall in the number of children and young people being referred to the Reporter.

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OECD publishes family well-being report

Poverty in households with children is rising in nearly all Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries. Governments should ensure that family support policies protect the most vulnerable, according to the OECD’s first-ever report on family well-being.

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