The guidance for the GIRFEC and Named Person parts of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 has been out for consultation. Read the PAS response.
NHS Health Scotland has launched a new, interactive web resource for the outcomes framework developed for the National Parenting Strategy. It is a user-friendly way to find the:
The resource is at www.healthscotland.com/OFHI/ (follow the link to 'Parenting').
Family Friendly Working Scotland is working on the commitment in the National Parenting Strategy to 'encourage businesses to promote family-friendly working practices'. Family Friendly Working Scotland is a partnership between Parenting across Scotland, Working Families, Scottish Government and Fathers Network Scotland. You can read more about its work (link back to the article on MFI) and check out its website.
The National Parenting Strategy has a particular focus on fathers. The Scottish Government has announced that 2016 will be Scotland's 'Year of the Dad'. Fathers Network Scotland is coordinating this work. Information about the year of the dad.
The recent UN Human Rights Committee report on the UK's implementation of the international Covenant on Civil and Political Rights expressed concern that Scotland still has a defence of 'justifiable assault' for hitting children. The UN Human Rights Committee recommends repeal of 'justifiable assault' defence.
The Criminal Justice Bill returns to the Scottish Parliament on 8 September. Children are Unbeatable is highlighting the need for equal protection from assault for all children. CHILDREN 1ST has issued a briefing on this.
Given that domestic abuse perpetrators are likely to be serial offenders, Police Scotland has announced that it is extending its disclosure scheme for domestic abuse across Scotland. Women and men who suspect that their partner has a history of abuse may now have this information disclosed to them. More information about the domestic abuse disclosure scheme.
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