Roll-out of LGBT inclusive education Scotland has become the first country in the world to embed lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) inclusive education across the school curriculum. Focused on promoting equality, reducing bullying and improving the educational experiences of LGBT children and young people, subjects across age groups willRead More →

Extra money for more than 19,400 disabled children and young people. Legislation which will lead to increased vital support to more than 19,400 children and young people to help their families heat their homes this winter has been laid in the Scottish Parliament. The legislation extends the eligibility for theRead More →

Around 148,000 children set to benefit. Low income families will benefit from a £320 uplift before Christmas as part of the Scottish Government’s commitment to tackling child poverty. Eligible families with children in school will receive payments of £160 per child in October and December. Two Bridging Payments of £100Read More →

Health Secretary accepts CMO advice to proceed. Children and young people aged 12 -15 years old will be offered a dose of the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination from Monday 20 September after Scottish Ministers accepted advice from the four UK Chief Medical Officers (CMOs). As a result, a dose of Pfizer-BioNTechRead More →

Improving services for victims and witnesses. Transformational change is to be brought about in the way children are treated by the justice system. The Scottish Government will work to ensure that all eligible children who are victims or witnesses to abuse or violence will have access to a ‘Bairns’ Hoose’Read More →

Healthy children aged 12 to 15 should be offered one dose of a Covid vaccine, the UK’s chief medical officers say. In a letter to ministers the four CMOs said it would help reduce disruption to education. The move means around three million children across the UK could be eligibleRead More →

Reducing the number of children in care. Fewer children and young people should end up in care, thanks to a £500 million fund to help support families to stay together. Announced as part of the latest Programme for Government, the Whole Family Wellbeing Fund will help families to overcome challengesRead More →

Free vaccine extended to secondary school pupils Primary and secondary school pupils will start receiving their flu vaccine today (Monday 6 September) as Scotland’s biggest flu immunisation programme gets underway. Over four million people will be offered the free flu vaccine this year with secondary school pupils eligible for theRead More →

New Child poverty benefit pays out £17.6 million to families in need More than 108,000 children have benefited from the Scottish Government’s new Scottish Child Payment according to the latest official statistics. The figures highlight how many families and children received the payment from introduction in February to 30 JuneRead More →