vulnerable children

Count Us In: Improving the education of our looked after children

A HMIE report published in June 2008 which aims to help local authorities and partner agencies to improve educational outcomes for looked after children. It draws on information from other publications including Learning with Care, Extraordinary Lives and We Can and Must Do Better.

Whose child now?: fifteen years of working to prevent the sexual exploitation of children in the UK

Report looking back over the development of Barnardo's services for sexually exploited children since 1994, which highlights the continuing hidden nature of the problem and describes Barnardo's present and future efforts to protect and support exploited children.

Bullying: information for primary school pupils

Bullying is when people are mean to someone or hurt them on purpose. In 2003/04 more than 31,000 children called ChildLine about bullying, making it the most common problem children phone us about. This leaflet presents information on who to contact when you see someone being bullied or yourself are being bullied.

Leading for quality in children's services: a leaflet for local authority elected members

This leaflet is for local authority elected members and others, such as Trustees, who have a governance role in services for vulnerable children and young people. It discusses some key messages emerging from Quality matters in children's services, an overview of nine government-funded studies, and the implications for policy and practice within local authorities and local partner agencies.

Protecting Children and Young People: The Charter Explanatory Booklet

A booklet providing an insight into what lies behind the 13 statements from children and young people in the Protecting Children and Young People Charter. The Charter reflects the voice of children and young people and what they feel they need, and should be able to expect, when they have problems or are in difficulty and need to be protected.

Independent Inquiry into Abuse at Kerelaw Residential School and Secure Unit

Jointly commissioned report by the Scottish Government and Glasgow City Council of the Independent Inquiry into Abuse at Kerelaw Residential School and Secure Unit.

Growing up in Scotland (GUS): non-resident parent summary report

The Growing Up in Scotland study (GUS) is an important longitudinal research project aimed at tracking the lives of a cohort of Scottish children from the early years, through childhood and beyond.

The study is funded by the Scottish Government and carried out by the Scottish Centre for Social Research (ScotCen). Its principal aim is to provide information to support policy-making, but it is also intended to be a broader resource that can be drawn on by academics, voluntary sector organisations and other interested parties.

Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007 : Scottish Vetting and Barring Scheme

Document laying out the Scottish Government's proposals for a revised vetting and barring scheme for those working with children and protected adults in Scotland following a consultation exercise.

Review of Research on Vulnerable Young People and Their Transitions to Independent Living

A literature review carried out by the University of Edinburgh in August 2007 which found that most young people move on from being looked after at 16 or 17 years; this tends to be an abrupt transition which has been referred to as 'accelerated and compressed', further impacting on other aspects of their lives such as education, relationships and health and well-being.

The seeds of exclusion

Report analysing early-life experiences, key issues and trajectories which lead some people into social exclusion and complex needs and using these insights to determine how such people can be better helped.