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  • CELCIS publishes review of family support services to prevent children going into care

    Date: 15th July 2019
    Category: Family Environment and Alternative Care

    The report sets out key learning points following a national review of Part 12 of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014.

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  • UK ranks 28th in UNICEF study of family friendly policies in wealthy countries

    Date: 15th July 2019
    Category: Family Environment and Alternative Care

    A study from Unicef argues children get a better start in life and parents are more able to find the right balance between work and private life in countries that have family-friendly policies.

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  • Equal Protection Bill passes at Stage 2

    Date: 24th June 2019
    Category: Special protection measures, Family Environment and Alternative Care, Protection from abuse or neglect, Basic Health and Welfare

    Together is pleased to see the Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Bill pass at Stage 2 in the Scottish Parliament on 20th June 2019.

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  • Scottish Government responds to review of mental health services at Polmont

    Date: 24th June 2019
    Category: Civil Rights and Freedoms, Basic Health and Welfare, Family Environment and Alternative Care, Children in conflict with the law, Special protection measures

    Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf’s response included a commitment to develop a bespoke mental health strategy for young people, end the routine use of strip searches and to “explore options” for a pilot of in cell phones to support family contact.

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  • Supreme Court rules English and Welsh local authorities can be held liable for failing to protect children from harm.

    Date: 24th June 2019
    Category: Civil Rights and Freedoms, Family Environment and Alternative Care, General principles, Basic Health and Welfare

    The UK’s Supreme Court has issued a judgment to restore the right of children to sue local authorities for negligence where councils have failed to protect them from harm.

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  • Are the World’s Richest Countries Family Friendly? Policy in the OECD and EU

    Date: 24th June 2019
    Category: Family Environment and Alternative Care, Education, Leisure and Cultural Activities, Basic Health and Welfare

    A new report by UNICEF reveals that many of the world’s richest countries are failing to provide comprehensive solutions to families.

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  • Realigning Children’s Services Programme: evaluation report

    Date: 5th June 2019
    Category: Family Environment and Alternative Care, Education, Leisure and Cultural Activities, Basic Health and Welfare

    On behalf of the Scottish Government, CELCIS (the Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland) commissioned Blake Stevenson to evaluate the Realigning Children's Services (RCS) programme.

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  • Annual Cabinet Meeting with children and people - report

    Date: 5th June 2019
    Category: Civil Rights and Freedoms, Basic Health and Welfare, Education, Leisure and Cultural Activities, Family Environment and Alternative Care

    The Scottish Government has published a report on progress and setting out actions agreed at the Cabinet meeting with children and young people in March 2018.

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  • MSPs back giving children equal protection from assault

    Date: 4th June 2019
    Category: Protection from abuse or neglect, Family Environment and Alternative Care

    On Tuesday 28th May, MSPs overwhelmingly backed in principle a bill to give children equal protection from assault. MSPs voted by 80 to 29 in favour of the Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Bill, with only the Conservatives voting against, after its first stage debate.

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  • Consultation: First draft of the Bucharest EU Children’s Declaration

    Date: 30th April 2019
    Category: Basic Health and Welfare, Civil Rights and Freedoms, Education, Leisure and Cultural Activities, Family Environment and Alternative Care

    A first draft of the Bucharest Children’s Declaration has been developed by a group of 25 Romanian children, the so-called Romanian Children’s Board, in consultations with other children in Romania. The draft Declaration is now open for feedback from both children and organisations working with and for children. Consultations can be organized with children on the Declaration and its results can be included in the feedback form.

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  • Commitment towards children’s transition from institutional to family and community-based care grows

    Date: 28th March 2019
    Category: Family Environment and Alternative Care, Civil Rights and Freedoms, Basic Health and Welfare

    The Opening Doors for Europe’s Children – a pan-European campaign that advocates for strengthening families and ending institutional care – released 16 country fact sheets about the progress with the transition from institutional to family and community-based care (also known as deinstitutionalisation) in 2018.

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  • Together co-signs statement for the interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on human rights

    Date: 7th March 2019
    Category: Civil Rights and Freedoms, Family Environment and Alternative Care

    Child Rights Connect had prepared a statement to be presented on 28th February at the Human Rights Council’s interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur, Michel Forst, on human rights defenders.

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  • Brexit: Letter to the Government from the UK’s Children’s Commissioners

    Date: 28th February 2019
    Category: Civil Rights and Freedoms, Equal protection from violence, Family Environment and Alternative Care, General measures of implementation, General principles, Other human rights treaties and mechanisms

    A joint letter from the Children’s Commissioners for Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland was sent to Rt. Hon Stephen Barclay MP, the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union. This letter seeks assurances on some of the immediate issues facing children arising from Brexit.

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  • Consultation: Protective orders for people at risk of domestic abuse

    Date: 26th February 2019
    Category: Family Environment and Alternative Care, Domestic abuse, Protection from abuse or neglect

    Closing date: Friday, 29th March 2019. The consultation seeks views on proposals to create new protective orders that could be used to keep people at risk of domestic abuse safe by banning perpetrators from their homes and on also seeks views on whether changes are needed to the current system of exclusion orders which allow a victim of domestic abuse to apply to suspend the right of their partner to live in the family home.

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  • Jersey politicians vote to outlaw smacking children

    Date: 12th February 2019
    Category: Equal protection from violence, Civil Rights and Freedoms, Family Environment and Alternative Care, Protection from abuse or neglect, Parental guidance, General measures of implementation, Best interests of the child

    The States of Jersey has voted to repeal a section of a law which allowed smacking by a parent if it was deemed "reasonable" making it illegal.

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  • Are we protecting the rights of children whose families cross international borders?

    Date: 12th February 2019
    Category: Basic Health and Welfare, Civil Rights and Freedoms, Access to appropriate information, Family reunification, Looked after children, Protection from abuse or neglect, Family Environment and Alternative Care, Awareness-raising, Best interests of the child, Refugee and asylum seeking children

    Children and Families Across Borders (CFAB) have created a factsheet for social workers and any professional protecting children on the impact Brexit may have on children and families who are crossing, or separated by, international boarders living in the UK.

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  • Together responds to Equal Protection Consultation

    Date: 29th January 2019
    Category: Equal protection from violence, Family Environment and Alternative Care, Mental health

    Together has responded to the Scottish Parliament’s Equalities and Human Rights Committee consultation on the Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Bill.

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  • Together welcomes announcement that the UN General Assembly’s 2019 rights resolution will focus on children without parental care

    Date: 18th December 2018
    Category: Family Environment and Alternative Care

    The UN General Assembly has announced it has selected ‘children without parental care’ as the theme for the 2019 ‘Rights of the Child’ resolution. Together welcomes this announcement, having been part of the global coalition of NGOs who called for UN Member States to adopt this resolution.  

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  • “The way forward must be grounded in a human rights-based approach.” Sally Holland, Children’s Commissioner for Wales on the Adverse Childhood Experience model

    Date: 16th November 2018
    Category: Basic Health and Welfare, Education, Leisure and Cultural Activities, Family Environment and Alternative Care

    Sally Holland, Children’s Commissioner for Wales, has published a policy position statement in which she reflects on the potentials and pitfalls of Adverse Childhood Experiences, commonly referred to as ‘ACES’, being the driver of policy for children, concluding that a human-rights based approach is needed in order to ensure that every child gets an equal chance to fulfil their potential. Holland outlines five principles of a children’s human-rights based approach - embedding children’s rights, non-discrimination and equality, empowerment, participation and accountability – arguing that the positive awareness of Adverse Childhood Experiences in Wales can fit into a wider commitment to ensuring children’s human rights are at the heart of policy and practice:   

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  • Survey - Supporting Families: Review of Part 12 of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014

    Date: 7th November 2018
    Category: Policies & procedures, Family Environment and Alternative Care

    CELCIS is inviting organisations and Local Authorities to complete their survey which aims to understand what can help parents when there is a possibility that a child may become ‘looked after’ (or taken into care) by the local authority.

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