Entries by David

Anti Bullying Week

12-16 November is anti-bullying week. Bullying is never acceptable and is something that can affect people of all ages. Those of us working in childcare have a real opportunity to help the children in our care to develop positive, respectful relationships with others. Respect Me, Scotland’s anti-bullying campaign has a range of information and resources […]

#Openingdoors at the Scottish Mentoring Network Awards

On Tuesday 6th of November, CALA Chief Executive Jaci Douglas, and Mentoring Support Officer Kirsty Hunter travelled to Edinburgh for the Scottish Mentoring Network Awards. The awards are designed to acknowledge mentoring projects and individuals that have made a significant impact over the past year. Jaci and Kirsty were there representing CALA’s #Openingdoors programme, which […]

Keeping Children Safe bulletin – 3rd edition

The Keeping Children Safe bulletin contains useful information and links on child protection, with a focus on Highland and Moray.  Some of the articles include: what to do if you have a child protection concern, contact details for child protection groups in Highland and Moray, information on upcoming child protection training, and advice on internet […]

Free training in Inverness: online safety awareness

This session will be presented by Robert Quigley, Head Teacher at Milton of Leys Primary School who is currently developing Highland’s strategy for online safety. We will look at some of the current threats and challenges those working with young children are facing in the online world. This session will also explore the bank of […]

Sleep Scotland – supporting families of children and young people with additional support needs and sleep problems

Our third sector colleagues over at Sleep Scotland offer sleep support to parents or carers with children aged between 18 months to 18 years. Their mission is that “all families of children and young people with severe sleep problems, including those with additional support needs, can be helped to achieve a qualitative improvement in the whole family’s […]

Out of School Care Policy Update 2018

The Scottish Government’s Out of School Care (OSC) policy dates back to 2003 when School’s Out was published. This has provided the underpinning policy framework and guidance for OSC for the last 15 years. But in that time, policies relating to early learning and childcare, school education, child poverty and inequality have changed hugely. Learn more […]

Care Inspectorate announces new inspection framework

The following update comes from the Care Inspectorate, the national regulator for care services in Scotland: In July, we started this roll-out by introducing a new framework for inspections of care homes for older people, and we have been using this framework on our inspections. You can find a copy of this, and more detail […]