Care Experienced Week 2018 and Lifetime of Love Rally

Find out what's happening during Care Experienced Week to explore, reflect on and celebrate all things care-experienced.Read more

Who Cares for the Carers?

Given the unique pressures involved for staff working in a secure care setting, Talking Hope ask the important question: 'Who cares for the carers?' Click to find out more and read 'Who Cares for the Carers? Holding Hope Behind the Scenes'Read more

Age of Criminal Responsibility (Scotland) Bill – Standing Up for Scotland’s Children or Simply Standing Still?

Currently at Stage 1 in the Scottish Parliament, this Bill aims to change the minimum age of criminal responsibility (MACR) to 12 years of age from the current level of 8 – the lowest in Europe. Our article questions whether the Bill goes far enough, and whether it truly works to support Scotland’s children and young people.Read more

Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Bill – Ending the ‘Justifiable Assault’ of Children

Widely reported as the ‘Smacking Ban’, this Bill has recently been introduced to the Scottish Parliament by John Finnie MSP, with the aim to outlaw any form of physical punishment against children. Read our short summary of the Bill here.Read more

New Theatre Company for Care-experienced Young People

The Citizen's Theatre in Glasgow is looking for care-experienced young people aged 18-26 with an interest in performing to take part in their new theatre company. Find out more...Read more

Staf Welcomes Announcement of £1.35 million for trauma training

Staf have welcomed yesterday's announcement made by deputy First Minister John Swinney that the Scottish Government will invest an additional £1.35 million to create a national training programme, developed for workers supporting people who have had adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and traumatic experiences in adulthood, such as physical or sexual abuse.Read more

Introducing Children's Rights: A ten-minute training tool

The Scottish Government has published a ten-minute training tool around children's rights, aimed at giving you a better understanding of children's rights, rights frameworks and rights-based legislation. Find out more and download the training materials.Read more

Responding to Offending in Residential Childcare

Two blogs have been written around the recent roundtable discussions on the report from CYCJ and Staf on Responding to Offending in Residential Childcare - Next Steps. FInd out more about the blogs by Claire Sands (Howard League for Penal Reform) and Debbie Nolan (CYCJ).Read more

Sport protects mental health of children who experience trauma

A study published in January 2018 from Public Health Wales and Bangor University shows that people who had Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) but regularly played sports as children were less likely to have a mental illness as an adult. Find out more about the study.Read more

A Life in Limbo

Too many homeless people are living in limbo, stuck in emergency accommodation with nowhere to wash clothes or cook. Strict curfews can be damaging to people's mental health and job prospects. Crisis are calling on the Scottish Government to make sure homeless people aren't stuck living in unsuitable hostels, B&Bs or lodging houses.Read more

'We want to put love at the heart of Scotland's Care System

In an interview with the Guardian, Fiona Duncan (Chair of the Independent Care Review), talks about some of the findings so far, the next stage of the review, and what the review needs to do for care-experienced children and young people in Scotland.Read more

Why are so many adults haunted by trauma?

Sixty percent of adults report difficult childhood experiences, including drawn-out divorces, violence and abuse. The effects of trauma are long-lasting, ranging from anxiety to post-traumatic stress disorder and physical illness. But what if trauma also results from a shortcoming on the part of society to support families in thriving? If society helped informed teachers and parents meet children's basic needs for attachment and connection, would we produce fewer traumatised adults?Read more

Dealing with our Inner Conflicts

Listen to a podcast by Dr Richard Schwartz, Founding Developer of the Internal Family Systems model, on how we can understand ourselves better if we think about our inner conflicts as arguments between parts of ourselves. He outlines the kind of mindful interaction through which we can assume effective leadership of these conflicting parts.Read more

Responding to Offending in Residential Childcare Progress Report

CYCJ and Staf are pleased to present our 'Responding to Offending in Residential Childcare - Next Steps' project progress report. Building on previous work, this report has a number of implications and conclusions that are relevant to a broad range of practitioners. Find out more about the project, read our progress report and learn about our next steps.Read more

Connected Scotland Joint Consultation Response

On 30th April 2018, the Scottish Government closed their consultation to help inform the national strategy 'A Connected Scotland: Tackling social isolation and loneliness and building stronger social connections'. Find out more about the consultation, and read our joint response.Read more

The Herald: 'Children in care bullied for speaking social work jargon'

A report from the Herald Scotland from Saturday 28th April 2018. The Independent Review of Scotland's Care System has called for immediate action for professionals to use language which is more easily understood by children and reduce the chance of them being bullied for using social work jargon.Read more

The Repair of Early Trauma: A "Bottom Up" Approach

An attachment disorder is often only one part of the puzzle in understanding how a child's adverse childhood experiences have shaped their emotional world and outward behaviour. Find out more about repairing developmental trauma.Read more

Scotland Works for You

In March 2018, Scotland Works for You published a guidance pack to help employers evaluate the meaning of criminal records in jobs and opportunities and to help individuals make positive applications for employment. Find out more.Read more

Council Tax Exemption

Since the announcement of care leavers' exemption from paying Council Tax, we have received a number of queries from young people, unsure of how to claim exemption, or whether they are eligible. We approached the Scottish Government and Local Authorities across Scotland to find out more.Read more

Children's Social Work Statistics Scotland, 2016-17

Find out more about the Scottish Government's Children's Social Work Statistics Scotland 2016-2017, published on 28th March 2018.Read more

Ending rough sleeping in Scotland

The Scottish Government's Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group has set out new recommendations in order to meet the commitment to eradicate rough sleeping in Scotland. Read more.Read more

Revised model for joint inspections for children and young people 2018

The care inspectorate have announced that their revised model for joint inspection services for children and young people will commence in April 2018. Find out more about their latest update.Read more

New Funding Opportunity: Empowerment Grants

Life Changes Trust have launched a new funding opportunity for groups or organisations working with care-experienced young people in Scotland. Find out more about their Empowerment GrantsRead more

Walking the Walk: Two Years On

Read the report from the Scottish Care Leavers Covenant's first Annual Conference, held in October 2017.Read more