May 2017

Welcome to the May edition of the Maternal, Early Years, Children and Young People newsletter.

Follow the links below to go directly to the relevant sections.


Scottish tour of Resilience film – screening dates

Screenings of the Resilience documentary will be held in 12 venues across Scotland. You can book tickets to screenings of the Resilience documentary around Scotland on Connected Baby's Eventbrite pages. The remaining five screenings will be confirmed shortly. Each screening will be followed by a panel discussion.

Follow the NHS Children, Young People and Families team and Health Scotland twitter accounts for updates on future dates and venues.

Healthy pregnancy, healthy baby

The Scottish Government has announced that from 1 April 2017, all pregnant women in Scotland will receive free vitamins. This will provide universal access and will improve parent and children's health. Read the article on the Scottish Government website.

Appointment of New Commissioner for Children and Young People in Scotland

Bruce Adamson has been appointed as the new Commissioner for Children and Young People in Scotland. Mr Adamson will succeed Tam Baillie who leaves the position on 17 May 2017.

Launch of new 2018 Year of Young People Website (YoYP)

The official website for 2018 YoYP was launched in March 2017. The aim of the year is to inspire Scotland through its young people, celebrate their achievements, value their contribution to communities, and create new opportunities for them to shine locally, nationally and globally. Show your support for the year by visiting the website and using #YOYP2018.

Consultation on improving educational outcomes for children and young people from travelling cultures

The consultation seeks the views of stakeholders who support traveller families with children. The consultation closes on 28 May 2017.

Future of childcare provision

Parents will have more choice when accessing their child's funded nursery provision. This is one of the 31 steps being taken by Scottish Government in the next year to ensure the expansion to 1140 hours is founded on quality, flexibility, accessibility and affordability. Read the full statement on the Scottish Government website.

Accessible childcare for children with additional support needs

Children with additional support needs will have improved access to nursery education. Read the full article on the Scottish Government website to find out how the money will fund specialist training and equipment. This will ensure all nurseries offering the free early learning and childcare entitlement are equipped to care for children with additional support needs.

Mental Health Awareness Week 2017

Mental Health Awareness Week 2017 (MHAW) will take place from 8 to 14 May with a theme of 'surviving or thriving?' For further information on Mental Health Awareness week, visit the Mental Health Foundation website.

2017 National Awards for Play in Scotland

Applications for the Nancy Ovens Trust awards 2017 are now open. The awards celebrate and encourage those providing stimulating and innovative play experiences for children. Award categories include: Play in the Home, Play at Nursery or School, Play in the Community, and Positive Support for Play. Closing date for applications on the Nancy Ovens Trust website is Friday 19 May.

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Publications and Resources

Mental Health Strategy

The Scottish Government's Mental Health Strategy 2017-2027 - a 10 year vision has now been published.

Persistent Poverty in Scotland

The Scottish Government has published the Persistent Poverty in Scotland report which presents estimates of the proportion of people, children, working age adults and pensioners living in persistent poverty in Scotland in 2010-2014 and in 2011-2015.

Research Connecting Communities film

This Glasgow Centre for Population Health film sets out to find out what difference social research has made to lives of people living in the East End of Glasgow.

What do you mean I have a right to health?

The Centre for Health Policy at University of Strathclyde recently completed a participatory research project on the right to health. The project arose from a recognition of the importance of empowering the people affected by health inequalities to find solutions to them. This builds on the work of Scotland's National Action Plan on Human Rights (SNAP).

Maternity Care bulletin – April 2017

The Maternity Care bulletin is designed to provide updates on the work of the Maternity Care Programme strand of the Maternity and Children's Quality Improvement Collaborative.

Baby Buddy

Baby Buddy is a free phone app and website for parents to be and new parents. Mental health issues affect 2 in 10 women in pregnancy and the year after birth. You can find documentaries and films on mental health and communicating with your baby on the Best Beginnings website.

Blog on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)

Dr Jonathan Sher has written a new blog post for the PINS website, 'When invisibility becomes inequality' on the issues of FASD.

Survey of mums reveals perceived barriers to breastfeeding

Public Health England has published the results of a survey into breastfeeding.

Child sexual exploitation - A Guide for Health Practitioners

The Scottish Government have published a Guide for Health Practitioners on Child Sexual Exploitation.

Father-child relationships and children's wellbeing

Scottish Government, in collaboration with Fathers Network Scotland, has published a report providing insight into the nature of father-child relationships in Scotland. A summary briefing from Fathers Network Scotland is also available.

How are Scotland's young carers coping with caring?

The 'Coping is difficult, but I feel proud: Perspectives on mental health and wellbeing of young carers' study explores the mental health and wellbeing of young carers. It is the first of its kind in Scotland to match young carers and their perceptions of their health and wellbeing against a comparable sample of young people without caring responsibilities.

Understanding health behaviour in adolescence - Review of influencing factors

Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research and Policy and NHS Health Scotland have conducted a literature review to map what we currently know about how a range of factors influence health behaviour in adolescence.

Play Scotland Annual Review

Play Scotland have published their 2016 annual review. If you require a hard copy please contact Sharon McCluskie directly.

Ready to Read

Ready to Read is a new resource from the Care Inspectorate which helps inspectors to support all early learning and childcare services to promote early language skills.

The Scottish Tobacco-free Alliance (STA)

People who don't have a health background often struggle to see why tackling smoking must be an important component of any community plan. The STA has created an easy to read guide outlining the health, economic and community resilience impacts of tackling smoking in our poorest communities.

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Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD): supporting children and young people

Date: 16 May
Location: Glasgow

There's more to tears and tantrums: early years behaviours and you

Date: 18 May
Location: Edinburgh

Childhood bereavement and working with the traumatised child

Date: 24 May
Location: Edinburgh

Mindfulness work with children and young people

Module 1: Mindfulness

Date: 25 May
Location: Dundee

Module 2: Mindfulness in your setting

Date: 24 August
Location: Dundee

Child protection for managers and designated persons

Date: 26 May
Location: Edinburgh

Gender and toys: what children think and implications for practice

Date: 31 May
Location: Glasgow

Understanding and addressing suicidality in young people

Date: 9 June
Location: Glasgow

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CPAG Annual Conference: Welfare Rights 2017

Date: 19 May
Location: Glasgow

The role of food in addressing wellbeing, learning and the attainment gap

Date: 1 June
Location: Glasgow

The value of Scotland's nurses: Improving healthcare and delivering quality care

Date: 7 June
Location: Edinburgh

Smoke-free Homes: What next?

Date: 14 June
Location: Glasgow

Action for Sick Children Scotland's conference- Save the Date

Date: 10 November
Location: Edinburgh

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