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Supporting positive relationships for children and young people who have experience of care (IRISS Insight, No28)

Review that explores the growing emphasis being placed on the relationships of children and young people in care. It examines: the nature and type of these relationships; what indicators are used to define quality; why relationships are beneficial; what barriers there are to their formation; what initiatives have been designed to support relationships; and what evidence there is about their impact.

This Insight was written by Karen Winter (Queen’s University Belfast).

Social justice begins with babies The first annual report of Scotland’s coalition supporting Putting the Baby IN the Bath Water

Putting the Baby IN the Bath Water is coalition of 98 organisations and individuals focused exclusively on two issues:

  1. the primary prevention of harm (i.e. keeping bad things from happening in the first place);
  2. the first 1,001 days of life (from pre-birth to preschool).

The coalition was a significant influence on the content of the Children and Young People Act 2014.  This report outlines its impact on the Act and what it has achived since.

Trauma sensitive practice with children in care (IRISS Insights, No 27)

Evidence review that is intended to summarise the evidence in this challenging area of work and to support practitioners to reflect on their practice in this context. An enhanced understanding of trauma can enable practitioners and managers, from all the agencies working with children in care, to improve their practice with severely distressed children and to reduce the negative impact of trauma not only on children but also on the adults caring for them. 

Growing up in Scotland: family and school influences on children's social and emotional well-being

Document that presents key findings from a project that investigated family and school influences on children's social and emotional well-being.

The project explored possible influences on children's behavioural and emotional difficulties, and on their subjective well-being. It used data collected from mothers and children in the first birth cohort of the Growing Up in Scotland study, interviewed in 2012/13 when the child was seven years old. Mothers were asked about the child's behavioural and emotional problems, and children were asked about their life satisfaction.

On the outside: identifying and supporting children with a parent in prison

In this report, Barnardo's is asking for children to be identified when a parent is sentenced to prison so that they can receive the practical and emotional support they need as soon as possible. The organisation is calling on the Ministry of Justice to appoint a Minister to look after the needs of children afffected by parental imprisonment and to deliver a National Action Plan to ensure that this large and vulnerable group of children are recognised.

Children's social care innovation programme

The Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme seeks to support the development, testing and sharing of more effective ways of supporting children who need help from children’s social care services.

The documents on this page provide further information about the programme.

Social justice, the Common Weal and children and young people in Scotland

Paper that considers how the Common Weal can connect to children and young people’s concepts of social justice. It considers children and young people’s experiences, in light of the Christie Commission’s call for public service provision to confront inequalities.

The paper poses questions about the extent to which children and young people will be involved in, and be able to define, the Common Weal.

Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014

The Bill for this Act of the Scottish Parliament was passed by the Parliament on 19th February 2014 and received Royal Assent on 27th March 2014.
 

Baby bonds: parenting, attachment and a secure base for children

Report which identifies that as many as 40 per cent of children lack secure bonds, and there is particular concern for the 15 per cent who actively resist their parent. It recommends more support for good parenting and attachment by health visitors and children’s centres, with evidence-based interventions for those identified as higher risk.

Intersecting childhood identities, inequalities and rights: unpacking concepts and exploring implications

The first in a series of four seminars. It introduced the concept of intersectionality and debates its meanings and purposes for understanding childhood identities and inequalities. It explored the different ways in which this framework can be put into practice by practitioners and policy makers. The seminar involved a combination of short presentations, group discussions and a plenary conversation and addressed the following questions: