The Scottish Mediation Network recently launched a pilot project called Young Talk – a network for peer mediators in Scotland. The purpose of Young Talk is to support peer mediation in schools and youth organisations, as a method of preventative and restorative conflict resolution. Peer mediation allows children and young people to deal positively with conflict among their peers, on their own terms.
A new guide has been produced by fSDC (for Scotland’s Disabled Children) called Shaping the Services You Use. The booklet describes ways that parents can get involved and influence decisions that are being made about the planning or delivery of services for their children, in areas such as education, health and social work services.
The Scottish Government recently published its third Annual Report on additional support for learning. The report identifies 131,621 pupils in Scotland’s local authority and grant-aided schools as having additional support needs – representing almost one in five (19.5%) of all pupils. This is an increase of 1.5% on the numbers reported in 2012.
The report is the outcome of an independent review of education for children and young people who have dyslexia, carried out on behalf of the Scottish Government.
The report identifies that although there have been improvements in practice since the last review in 2008, there is still inconsistency and variability in practice across Scotland’s 32 local authorities. The report also highlights that young people with dyslexia attain significantly less well than their peers who do not have additional support needs.
Children in Scotland in partnership with for Scotland’s Disabled Children is carrying out a survey of parents and carers, aimed at finding out more about the needs of families with a disabled child. The survey will enable fSDC and Children in Scotland to represent issues important to families to the policy and decision makers, and they will be using the data gathered to assist the Scottish Government in finding ways to involve parents more meaningfully, both at a national and local level. The survey is available here.
Please share the survey with parents and any relevant contacts. The survey can also be provided in hard copy with a prepaid return envelope on request. For more information, or to request a printed copy, please contact Fee Ferguson at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0131 222 2444.