Janice McGhee & Lorraine Waterhouse: The Independent Care Review - form over substance
Janice McGhee and Lorraine Waterhouse, researchers on child welfare and child protection, argue that the Scottish Government’s Independent Care Review is a system talking to itself, which refuses to engage with the dangers of removing children from their families
Scotland set to be the first part of UK to ban smacking of children, as Greens publish Bill
Legislation to remove ‘justifiable assault’ from Scots law looks certain to pass with Scottish Government support
SCOTLAND appears set to become the first part of the UK to pass a ban on the smacking of children, following the publication of a Member’s Bill by Green MSP John Finnie to remove the defence of “justifiable assault” from Scots law.
British authorities use children as undercover informants, House of Lords report reveals
The Home Office has attempted to prolong the period of time a child can serve as an informant from one to four months
BRITISH POLICE and intelligence services have the power to use children as a ‘cover human intelligence source’ (CHIS), a House of Lords committee has revealed after reviewing the UK Government’s latest draft legislation, which seeks to extend the period under which youths can be used as undercover informants.
Nicky MacCrimmon: Here's how the Named Person scheme really works
Perthshire community worker and SNP activist Nicky MacCrimmon offers some expertise on the Scottish Government's Named Person scheme following recent controversy about its potential repercussions
THE debate about the Named Person service seems like one that just won't go away.
Maggie Mellon: Why the Named Person legislation is not a progressive measure
Feminist campaigner and former social worker Maggie Mellon makes the case against the Scottish Government's 'Named Person' scheme
SCOTLAND, like the rest of the UK and much of Europe, is an increasingly unequal society.