Children's Rights

A taste of freedom

The smile on the boy's face said it all. Sailing single-handed across a sea loch would be a special moment for any child. But for Reggie Fernie, who uses a wheelchair, it was an adventure he never thought he would have.

It was a moment to treasure for the staff at Carrongrange special school, too. The school is pursuing the new freedoms offered by Scotland's curriculum for excellence to work with other children's services in the area to radically extend its outdoor programme for pupils with special needs. Seeing the effect has been an education, says the head, Gillian Robertson.

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A critical phase for children's health

Children's health is an emotive issue, so the question of how best to improve health services for the nation's children is a knotty problem. It is also one which some of the best brains in the NHS are currently tackling, and is viewed as the key to improving the country's poor showing in international league tables in the years to come.

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Island Children's Hostel Problems

Some island children must stay in a hostel to go to school - and not all hostels are a home from home. Jackie Kemp reported in the Education Guardian in 2007.

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Flawed Interviews Failing Children

The Herald

The Scottish legal system is letting down victims of child sex abuse, according to an international expert based at Abertay University in Dundee.

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