‘Caring for Children Moving Alone’ – a free online course offered by FutureLearn

Caring for Children Moving Alone: Protecting Unaccompanied and Separated Children” is a free online course developed by the University of Strathclyde and accessible on the FutureLearn website. 

Course information, as per the FutureLearn website: 

This course is about the care and protection of unaccompanied and separated refugee and migrant children who are moving across and between countries. This course will provide an understanding of the risks and vulnerabilities these children face. It will inform the improvement of policy, practice and delivery of support services that uphold children’s rights and meet their best interests.

The course will be of interest to you if you are a front line professional or a volunteer anywhere in the world working to offer care, protection and other support to unaccompanied and separated children on the move.

The course starts on the 27th of May. You can register by visiting the FutureLearn website: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/caring-for-children-moving-alone

Upcoming training in Laurencekirk, Aberdeenshire – Developing Literacy and Numeracy Outdoors

Course name: Developing Literacy and Numeracy Outdoors
Location: Mearns Academy Community Campus, Laurencekirk, Aberdeenshire
Date and Time: Saturday 25th May, 2019. 10 am – 3 pm.
Cost: £35 per person
How to book: Click here to book online, or telephone 01349 866749.

HM Prison Inverness – Peep Progression Pathway qualifications for fathers (and their partners)

CALA Family Support Project Coordinator Mairianne Nairn has been helping deliver 13 weekly hour-long sessions peep sessions with fathers inside HMP Prison Inverness. 

At the request of the Prison Governor, this is now the third time the programme has run. 

The following quotes come from the father’s who took part in the programme: 

“Peep’s had a massive impact on me and my family – without it, I wouldn’t have had that opportunity to bond with my baby.”

“I’ve really enjoyed the course, it’s made me feel more confident in being a first-time dad and I have discovered lots of activities me and my son can do together.”

“It’s helped me exist, I feel more like a father. Even getting to stand up with my daughter makes a huge difference, in a normal visit session we can’t get off our seats.”

Read the full case study by clicking here [PDF].

This week is ‘Cyber Scotland Week’ – learn how to stay safe online

The following blog post comes from the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations. They have released a cybersecurity guide, full of information on keeping you safe online. Although it is aimed at third sector organisations, it contains valuable information for individuals too. 


For Cyber Scotland Week 2019, ACOSVO have partnered with SCVO and the Scottish Government to promote Cyber-Security across the third sector and to develop our new Protect Your Network guide.

Download the guide by clicking here.

We hope you’ll be able to use the guide with your staff and board teams to improve cyber-security within your organisation. You don’t need to be a cyber expert to understand it, and it has simple actions that should only take a few minutes each to put into practice.
 
Please think of the guide as a starting point; there is plenty of detailed information available on the National Cyber Security Centre’s website (including their easy-to-understand Small Charity Guide); and don’t forget to check #CyberScotWeek19 on twitter for tips and advice from a whole host of organisations.

Download the guide by clicking here.

Developing Literacy and Numeracy Outdoors Training – Elgin, 11th May

Register your place by filling out our online booking form: https://careandlearning.typeform.com/to/nSVHPn or telephone Rebecca on 01349 866749.

Developing Communication Skills in Early Learning and Childcare

The following information comes from the Highland Literacy Blog


Speech and Language Therapists across Highland work in collaboration with practitioners in Early Learning and Childcare settings and schools to support adult/ child interactions through the Words Up Early and Words Up Primary Key Messages.

Last session, working with Early Learning and Childcare practitioners in Scottish Attainment Challenge schools, Speech and Language Therapy Assistants supported adult/ child interaction through ongoing coaching, modelling and evaluation.

The report below details the impact of the collaboration on supporting children’s language and communication, a key predictor of children’s later attainment and achievement. As schools consider their Pupil Equity Fund interventions, they may wish to consider the partnership with our local speech and language therapy team in supporting children’s speech, language and communication.

CLICK HERE – Developing Communication Skills in Early Years


Subscribe to the Highland Literacy Blog by clicking here and entering your email address in the “follow blog via email” box. 

Junior World team up with TerraCycle to help reduce plastic waste from bread bags and crisp packets

The following blog update comes from Jayne Macintosh at Junior World in Nairn: 

Joining up with Terracycle at the end of last year we have been increasing our awareness of recycling and everyone has been participating with the Walkers Crisp Packet Initiative and we have so far collected over 1000 crisp packets.

Last week we were the first registered collection point in the Highlands for “bread bags” a new initiative set up by Hovis. We have joined forces with the local Co-op stores in Nairn, who have agreed to be collection points and we are excited to be organising recycling advisory afternoons at the local Co-op stores in the very near future.

All recycled produce will be sent to TerraCycle where eventually they will be transformed into benches, watering cans etc.

More information

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Child Protection Bulletin – April 2019

The fourth edition of the Child Protection Bulletin is now available to download. It features information on female genital mutilation, links to useful websites, a new online safety education resource for 4-7 year-olds, and what to do if you have a child protection concern.

Click here to download the bulletin [PDF].

April is Health and Wellbeing Month

The following blog update comes from Keep Scotland Beautiful

April is also the month we launch our Spring Clean campaign to get everyone out to help clean up Scotland. We know that a clean environment and access to green spaces are two of the most important things for our well-being in Scotland and that litter has been shown to make people feel less safe, with more health issues.  With your help, we are determined to make Scotland cleaner and greener for everyone to enjoy. 

Learn more on the Keep Scotland Beautiful Website. 

Upcoming Training – Technologies for Early Learning and Childcare – Dingwall, Wick & Inverness

Course details: 

7/5/19 – Dingwall Community Centre, Dingwall – 1.30 pm – 4 pm

14/5/19 – Wick Assembly Rooms, Wick, 1.30 pm – 4 pm

16/5/19 – Millburn Acadamy, Inverness, 1.30 pm – 4 pm

Book now via the Highland Council CPD Calendar: https://highland.cpdservice.net/

“It’s so much more than digital!”

In this course, you will:

  • Explore the use of familiar, everyday items including recycled items, to provide opportunities for children to develop their technology, skills and discovery
  • Get hands-on, experimenting with ways to enable children to create their own ‘technology’.
  • Look at effective strategies to facilitate collaborative learning, problem solving and creativity. 

Links to: STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and ES Benchmarks. 

Book now:  https://highland.cpdservice.net/