Scottish Government Publications on Cabinet Meeting with Children and Young People, February 2018
Actions Agreed at the Cabinet Meeting with Children and Young People – 28 February 2017 – Progress Report
Report on the agreed actions after the first annual meeting of Cabinet members and children and young people on 28 February 2017.
Actions Agreed at the Cabinet Meeting with Children and Young People – 28 February 2017 – Progress Report (Children and Young People’s Summary)
Children and Young People’s Summary report on the agreed actions after the first annual meeting of Cabinet members and children and young people on 28 February 2017.
Cities Alive: Designing for Urban Childhoods. ARUP Report 2017
A child-friendly approach to urban planning is a vital part of creating inclusive cities that work better for everyone. Designing for urban childhoods inspires us to respond positively to the challenges, and sets out actions that can help take us to a more child-friendly future – moving well beyond simply providing playgrounds.
The amount of time children spend playing outdoors, their ability to get around independently, and their level of contact with nature are strong indicators of how a city is performing, not just for children but for all generations of city dwellers. If cities fail to address the needs of children, they risk economic and cultural impacts as families move away.
“This is a fantastic resource from ARUP. Cities Alive: Designing for urban childhoods, focuses on what a sustainable, successful, healthy city looks like – and guess what? It looks like a child-friendly city! To provide, protect and promote children’s everyday freedoms we need to put in place infrastructures that enable and encourage children’s use of the public realm – and guess what? Children’s infrastructure can make a vital contribution to everyone’s quality of life and collective wellbeing.” Marguerite Hunter Blair, CEO, Play Scotland
You can read and download the report here
State of Children’s Rights report 2017
Together’s 2017 State of Children’s Rights in Scotland report sets out promising rights-based practice taken by Scotland’s public bodies.
The report outlines good practice through a wide range of case studies across the areas of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). The report is a tool for public bodies to take forward children’s rights.
You can read and download the report here
The State of the World’s Children 2017
Children in a Digital World, UNICEF Report
Do you remember the first time you went online?
Chances are you knew life before the internet. But for children growing up online, life is unimaginable without it.
Digital technology has transformed the world we live in – disrupting entire industries and changing the social landscape.
Childhood is no exception. One in three internet users worldwide is a child, and young people are now the most connected of all age groups.
From photos posted online to medical records stored in the cloud, many children have a digital footprint before they can even walk or talk.
Digital technology can be a game changer for disadvantaged children, offering them new opportunities to learn, socialize and make their voices heard – or it can be yet another dividing line. Millions of children are left out of an increasingly connected world.
You can read and down the report here
UK Poverty 2017
New report from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. This report looks at how figures have changed over the past two decades.
UK Poverty 2017 highlights that overall, 14 million people live in poverty in the UK – over one in five of the population. This is made up of eight million working-age adults, four million children and 1.9 million pensioners. 8 million live in families where at least one person is in work.
You can read and download the report here
National Action Plan on Internet Safety for Children and Young People, Scottish Government
The internet is central to the lives of the majority of children and young people. We want children and young people to be protected, safe and supported in the online world and for them to be able to enjoy the internet, show resilience and take advantage of the opportunities it has to offer. Therefore, as part of The Government‟s Programme for Scotland, we committed to publishing a refreshed action plan on internet safety for children and young people to ensure appropriate training, support and information is in place. Full details and report can be found here
Play on Pedals Report
Play on Pedals has reached the end of the People’s Postcode Lottery funding and has a produced a report to highlight the project’s achievements over the last two and a half years.
The State of Child Health brings together data for the first time on a comprehensive list of 25 measures of the health of UK children, ranging from specific conditions such as asthma, diabetes and epilepsy, risk factors for poor health such as obesity and a low rate of breastfeeding, to child deaths. The data provide an “across the board” snapshot of child health and wellbeing in the UK.
Summary report for Scotland from Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) The State of Child Health Report
Publication from Scottish Government.
A report from SENSE.
A report from SENSE
The Playing Together report from Play Scotland and Youthlink Scotland.
The fundamental aim of the report is to ensure the play and youth sectors continue to promote their shared vision – making Scotland the best place to be young and grow up.
The report card provides critical and up- to- date information on the physical activity and health of Scottish children and adolescents, and can be used in a number of ways:
- Government can use it for development of policy, and to inform investment decisions.
- Researchers/academics can share with students, and use it to inform grant applications.
- Teachers, coaches, health professionals, charitable organisations can use it to inform their work with children, adolescents, and their families.
- Funding bodies can use it to help shape funding strategy and decisions.
The Importance of Play from Dr David Whitebread, University of Cambridge.
This guide from Play England is primarily for designers for children’s play areas. This guide will also give communities and schools ideas on play spaces including risky play spaces; water play spaces etc.
Play Strategy loose-parts-play-toolkit
This guide has been written to help make that ambition a reality. It explores the links between school grounds and children’s health, wellbeing and learning and offers practical advice on how to develop the best school playgrounds.
It’s written for everyone who has an interest in how schools can provide the best school playground, that supports learning and a health-promoting environment for children and young people; whether you’re an architect designing a new school, a teacher tasked with improving your existing outdoor space or a parent looking for ways to provide practical help to your child’s school.
This toolkit is designed to provide clear and
concise information for school communities and their partners to assess the feasibility of making school grounds available for children’s play out of teaching hours.
It contains specific pieces of information intended to help understand and address particular issues of concern. It provides practical, step-by-step tools and templates for undertaking work linked to the opening of school grounds for playing out of teaching hours.
Scotland’s Play Strategy: Playing with quality and equality: a review of inclusive play in Scotland
UN Convention on the Right of the Child – A guide for children and young people
The UNCRC Booklet is aimed at children and young people under the age of eighteen and provides details of the rights they are entitled to under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). The booklet gives details of each Article of the UNCRC and also provides key contact details for relevant organisations. UNCRC Childrens Guide 2015
Annual Report on the Child Poverty Strategy for Scotland – October 2015
The second annual report on the Child Poverty Strategy for Scotland, which was published in March 2014.
PLAY – A report on the APPG
Play Strategy for Scotland: Evidence Outcomes and Logic Models October 2015
A short report reviewing the evidence of the benefits of play and how they fit into the SHANARRI wellbeing framework.
The UK’s 5th Periodic Review Report to the UNCRC
The Scottish Government Play Strategy is mentioned on page 48 point 38.
Child Protection and Disability Toolkit
The ‘Child Protection and Disability Toolkit’ has been produced in partnership by WithScotland and the Scottish Government’s Ministerial Working Group on Child Protection and Disability. It is aimed at practitioners and managers in child and family and disability services and It’s the only toolkit of its kind available to practitioners in Scotland.
It includes information on research, a set of training and resource materials designed to help professionals understand the issues and good practice guidance to supplement the Scottish Government National Guidance for Child Protection in Scotland 2014. It also contains sections such as ‘myth busters’, case studies as well as a DVD in which disabled parents speak of their experiences. Full details
Children’s play is crucial to Scotland’s well being; socially, economically and environmentally. Our people are our greatest resource and the early years of life set the pattern for children’s future development.
‘The experiences children have in early life – and the environments in which they have them – shape their developing brain architecture and strongly affect whether they grow up to be healthy, productive members of society’ (Harvard University, 2007).
Play is an essential part of a happy, healthy childhood and ‘when children play their brains do two things: they grow and the become organised and usable’ (Hughes, 2013). By investing in all our children and young people now we can strengthen their ability to achieve their full potential.
- State of Childrens Right Report 2012
- National Parenting Strategy, Scottish Government
- A Junk Free Childhood 2012 – International Study of Obesity
- Sedentary Behaviour Briefing, BHF National Centre
The benefits of a physically active lifestyle are well established and reflected in public health guidelines and policy. In recent years there has been growing interest in the role that sedentary behaviour may play in health and wellbeing.
Informed by this emerging body of evidence, public health guidelines now recommend that people of all ages should avoid prolonged periods of sedentary behaviour and break up periods of sitting.
- Do The Right Thing – Progress Report 2012. Scottish Government progress report on their response to the 2008 concluding observations from the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child
- The Impact Of Screen Media On Children: A Eurovision For Parliament by Dr Aric Sigman
- Scotland: the best place in the world to bring up children. A collection of essays of parenting in Scotland by Parening in Scotland
- A Right Blether – Evaluation Report 2011, SCCYP
- Artie Beat Likes to Play – British Heart Foundation
- Berlin School Playgrounds – Reflections – Grounds for Learning
- Bullying – What can I do – ChildLine
- Child’s Play – Top ten tips for parents and families
- Children and Young People’s Mental Health Indicators 2011
- Children’s Playground Games in the New Media Age
- Children’s Tree Swings – a guide to good practice by London Play
- Enjoying the outdoors – attitudes and behaviour of young people in Scotland – Scottish Natural Heritage
- Go Outdoors! – Guidance and good practice on encouraging outdoor activities in residential childcare settings
- How happy are our children: measuring children’s well-being and exploring economic factors – The children’s Society
- Infection prevention and control in childcare settings – NHS
- Joining the dots – a better start for Scotland’s children. An independent report by Professor Susan Deacon
- Lighting the Fire – hands on investigation, play and outdoor learning in primary school education by Community Playthings with Wendy Scott
- Nature Play: A simple guide to play in nature – Forestry Commission
- Outdoor Learning: practical guidelines, ideas and support for teachers and practitioners in Scotland – Learning Teaching Scotland
- Parents Guide to Nature Play – Green Hearts Inc
- Start Active, Stay Active – A report on physical activity for health from the four home countries Chief Medical officers
- The 21st century gingerbread house: How companies are marketing junk food to children online – British Heart Foundation
- Top Ten Tips to Protect your Children – Children 1st
- UK Children’s Commissioners’ Midterm Report to the State Party on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (The Report)
- Children’s Right to Play: an examination of the importance of play in the lives of children worldwide
- Curriculum for Excellence Outdoor Learning
- Developing an adventure playground: the essential elements
- How we Play – cultural determinants of physical acticity in young children
- How happy are out children: measuring children’s well-being and exploring economic factors – The Childrens Society
- Great Outdoors: How our natural health services uses green space to improve wellbeing – A Faculty of Public Health Report in Association with Natural England
- Nothing Ventured – Balancing the Risks Outdoors by Tim Gill
- Open Space Strategies – CABE
- Outdoor Learning and Play; Parental Survey Report – Grounds for Learning
- Play as Culture – CPPF
- Playworks Playbook
- Playpen to Playground
- A Children’s Eye View of Social Difference
- Acorns and Conkers – Play Scotland
- Adventure Playgrounds – Updated version of adventure playgrounds- first written by Harry Shier in 1984.
- Active Play and Travel – Sustrans
- Crisis in the Kindergarten – why chldren need to play in schools – Alliance for childhood
- Civilised Streets – CABE
- Cotton Wool Kids? Making sense of ‘Child Safety’
- CWYU ‘The Benefits of Play and Playwork’ Report
- Design for Play: a guide to creating successful play spaces
- Developing Play in Scotland – an evidence report for Play Scotland
- Early Years Framework part 1
- Early years Framework part 2
- Findings of the Scottish Play Commission – Raising the Bar – Play Scotland
- Executive Summary
- Hate Crime – A pocket guide for children and young people from LGBT National Youth Council
- Green Day – a climate change activity kit for schools – CABE
- Its our space – A guide for community groups working to improve public space – CABE
- Managing Risk in Play Provision; Implementation Guide
- Scottish Government Endorsement of the Managing Risk guide
- Play as Culture – Playlink
- Risk Averse (NOT) Society – Rob Wheway
- Routes to Play – a guide for local authorities. How to ensure children and young people can get to play spaces actively and independently – Sustrans
- The Importance of Play in Promoting Healthy Child Development and
- Maintaining Strong Parent-Child Bonds by American Academy of Pediatrics
- Trends in fall injuries associated with children’s outdoor climbing frames by David Ball
UK Physical Activity Guides
- Start Active, Stay Active
- A report on physical activity from the four home countries’ Chief Medical Officers
- Fact sheet 1: Early years (under 5s)
- Fact sheet 2: Early years (under 5s capable of walking)
- Fact sheet 3: Children and young people (5-18 years)
- Making the case for UK Physical Activity Guidelines for Early Years.
- Physical Activity Guidelines in the UK: Review and Recommendations
- Sedentary Behaviour and Obesity: Review of the Current Scientific Evidence
- UK Physical Activity Guidelines for Early Years (non-walkers)
- UK Physical Guidelines for Early Years (walkers)
Scottish Government Publications
- Good Places, Better Health for Scotland’s Children
- Growing Up In Scotland: Parenting and Children’s Health
- Growing up in Scotland: Changes in child cognitive ability in the pre-school years
- Growing Up in Scotland – 2011: Research Findings No.3/2011: Growing Up in Scotland – Parenting and Children’s Health
- Growing Up in Scotland – 2011: Research Findings No.1/2011: Growing Up in Scotland – Parental Service Use and Informal Networks in the Early Years
- Growing Up in Scotland – 2011 Research Findings No.2/2011: Growing Up in Scotland: Changes in child cognitive ability in the pre-school years
- Joining the dots: A better start for Scotland’s children
- Child Poverty Strategy for Scotland
- Tackling Child Poverty in Scotland: A Discussion – Consultation Responses
- Early Years Framework – progress so far
- Obesity Route Map – Action Plan
- A New Look at Hall 4 – the Early Years – Good Health for Every Child
- Scottish Government A National Approach to Anti-Bullying for Scotland’s Children and Young People
- A Guide to Implementing Getting it right for every child: Messages from pathfinders and learning partners
Adam Ingram MSP, Minister for Children and Early Years, launched the Guide to Implementing GIRFEC at The Children’s Summit on 23rd June 2010.
The Guide draws on examples of best practice and experience to date, and sets out what has worked well in pathfinder and learning partnership areas where the Getting it right approach has already been rolled out. It can be used by stakeholders as part of their own training and implementation plans and help them identify their local priorities for action. It will help them build on existing good practice. People can use it in conjunction with themed evaluations and other reports and material already available on the Scottish Government GIRFEC webpages.
- Implementing Getting it right for every child: Summary for operational managers
- Implementing Getting it right for every child: Summary for strategic managers
- Implementing Getting it right for every child: Summary for practitioners
- Scottish Planning Policy – Full information and website
- Curriculum for Excellence
- Designing Streets: A Policy Statement for Scotland
- Scottish Planning Policy: SPP 11: Open Space and Physical Activity
- Scottish Sustainable Communities Initiative – Report
- UN Convention on the rights of the child: UK Concluding Observations 2008
- Early Years Framework
- Equally Well: Implementation Plan
- Equally Well: Review 2010
- Good Places, Better Health
- Healthy Eating, Active Lives
- Positive Behaviour in the Early Years
- Planning Advice Note PAN 65 – Planning and Open Space
- UN Convention on the Rights of the Child: a guide for children and young people
- Do the Right Thing
- Learning in the pre-school year
- Achieving our Potential