January 13, 2020

The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has unveiled a new £7 million programme to help support communities and organisations across Scotland. The Royal Bank 300 Fund was set up to mark the bank’s 300th anniversary in 2027 and will see the bank invest £1 million a year, for the next seven years, into projects designed to make a positive impact for peop...

December 31, 2019

New figures from the Annual Population Survey show that 336,000 young people aged 16-24 years were in employment in Scotland in October 2018 to September 2019.

The employment rate for young people was 59% higher than a year ago (57.9%).

In the same period, 34,000 young people aged 16-24 years were unemployed. The unemployment rate for young people...

July 3, 2019

Across NHS Ayrshire & Arran, the number of teenage pregnancies has declined from 715 in 2007 to 318 in 2016, a 55.5% decrease, with a 64.5% fall for under 18s.

Amongst teenage girls aged under 16 in Ayrshire, pregnancies also decreased from 70 to 21, a 70% decrease.

Teenage pregnancies in Scotland are now at the lowest level since 1994, with 30.2...

July 3, 2019

The SNP Government will introduce a new benefit for young carers in Scotland, in the form of a £300 social security payment.

The Young Carer Grant, the first of its kind in the UK, will be available to 16, 17 and 18-year olds who help care for someone in receipt of a disability benefit, as outlined below.

The payment will be introduced this autumn...

May 18, 2019

The first ever national guidance for professionals giving advice and support to young people on healthy relationships and consent has been published.

It means that whenever a young person seeks advice - whether from a teacher, a health professional or a youth worker – they should receive consistent, age-appropriate information.

The guidance covers...

May 14, 2019

A new group will examine how body image impacts on young people’s mental wellbeing.

The SNP Government’s Advisory Group on Healthy Body Image will include members from youth, third sector and equalities groups and identify steps to improve support for young people and advice for relevant professionals.

The announcement ties in with Mental Health A...

April 18, 2019

According to the latest published figures across North Ayrshire 1,135 pupils and students received £835,440 SNP Government-funded Education Maintenance Allowances (EMA) in the academic year 2017/18.

EMA is a weekly allowance of £30 to support for young people aged 16 to 19 years from low-income households to overcome financial barriers to partici...

March 29, 2019

New figures from the Scottish Parliament’s Information Centre (SPICe) reveal that NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service Staff (CAMHS) numbers in Scotland have increased by 74% under the SNP from 599.4 Whole-Time Equivalent (WTE) in 2007 to 1043.6 WTE in December 2018.


The number of child specialist psychologists...

January 31, 2019

The SNP Government has launched a consultation with a view to improving the rights of unpaid carers.

The Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 extends and enhances the rights of unpaid carers in Scotland by giving ALL carers the right to an adult carer support plan or young carer statement. These documents identify the outcomes that are important to the car...

January 24, 2019

Community Safety Minister Ash Denham MSP has announced that Missing People and Barnardo’s have been jointly awarded £30,000 to develop a new resource in consultation with children and young people and Education Scotland.

The two leading charities are joining forces to develop materials to educate children and young people about the dangers of goi...

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