Not included, not engaged, not involved: A report on the experiences of autistic children and young people missing school.
Report highlights growing concerns about educational experiences of pupils with additional support needs, an in particular of autistic children.
At Enquire’s annual conference on 16th March 2017, Jan Savage from Enable Scotland spoke about IncludED in the Main?! This important ‘national conversation’ details the reality of educational experiences for young people in Scotland who have learning disabilities.
#IncludED in the Main?! was informed by over 800 responses. It identifies 22 recommendations or steps on the journey to inclusion. The report issues a challenge to the Scottish Government to listen and to act to make truly inclusive education a reality.
The RCPCH (Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health) has published its latest report about the state of child health in the UK. Nearly 1 in 5 children in the UK is living in poverty, and inequality is blighting their lives, with those from the most deprived backgrounds experiencing much worse health compared with those from the most affluent backgrounds. There is a strong association between deprivation and mortality, and the UK rates 15 out of 19 Western European countries on infant (under one year) mortality.
As part of their report RCPCH has issued State of Child Heath: 2017 Recommendations for Scotland with twelve separate recommendations. These include reducing the number of child deaths, reducing child poverty and inequality, maximising women’s health before, during and after pregnancy, and improving children’s mental health and wellbeing .
Kidz Scotland is one of the largest FREE events dedicated to children and young adults with disabilities and additional needs, their families, carers and all the people who support them. There will be over 100 exhibitors offering advice and information about a whole range of topics including mobility aids, access to sport and leisure, funding for equipment – and much more.
This year’s event ‘Kidz to Adultz Scotland’ takes place on Thursday 15th September at the Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh.
The Scottish Government is updating the National Approach to Anti-Bullying for Scotland’s Children and Young People. The purpose of this is to help adults who are in contact with children and young people to prevent and deal with bullying in similar ways.
The Scottish Government is consulting with children and young people and their parents as part of the process of updating the National Approach. A short questionnaire has been devised to gather the views of parents about anti-bullying.
Contact a Family Scotland has received a small grant from the Scottish Government to establish the information needs of parents and carers of children with disabilities. It has been suggested that while there is a lot of information out there, parents and carers are still unsure of who to turn to for accurate information.
Contact a Family Scotland has devised a short survey to find out what the information needs are and how to improve information services for families with disabled children.
This important report (October 2015) sets out the findings from an investigation into the numbers of children and young people with life-limiting conditions in Scotland. It also provides evidence about these children’s and their families’ support needs. Based on their findings, the research team makes ten recommendations about palliative care services.
This article which appeared in TESS in August 2015 gives an excellent overview of ASN mediation in Scotland, including interviews with a parent and an ASL manager. The article poses the question: independent mediators have been resolving additional support for learning disputes for a decade, but with demand for their services rising and budgets falling, can they keep up?