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Here you can find information and links to resources which will assist you in your work with young people.

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In this section you will find a range of resources which provide invaluable insights into dealing with challenging behaviour and establishing and maintaining positive relations with young people

You have to respect me

A new short film supporting the work of respect me Scotland’s anti bullying initiative . More HERE

Reducing Bullying Among the Worst Affected

A report which presents the results of research that examined the nature, extent and impact of school-age bullying in England. It also looked at why bullying occurs, the characteristics of bullying victims and the behaviours associated with bullying. More HERE

Interventions that address risk behaviours: a review

Adolescence is a period during which time many 'risky' health behaviours are adopted that impact throughout life. In this review authors aimed to provide a synthesis of the international evidence on the effectiveness of interventions.The review revealed very little UK evidence of effective approaches but some promising projects from other countries which we can learn from and potentially adapt for Scotland including: classroom-based personal and social skills training programmes for 11-year-old and a whole-school intervention in secondary schools aimed at building trust, social connectedness and participation in school life. Go HERE

Tackle Homophobia website

Tacade has launched this website aimed at helping primary and secondary schools deal with homophobic bullying. Resources are suggested and Scottish legislation and guidance is referred to. Available HERE

Out of Sight: a new racism educational pack

Show Racism the Red Card has a new education pack designed to tackle racism towards Gypsy, Roma and Travellers. It includes reference to Curriculum for Excellence and exercises about exploring stereotypes, the diversity of travellers, examines ‘headline stories’ and uses scenarios. Available HERE

Dealing with Homophobia and Homophobic Bullying in Scottish Schools: Toolkit for teachers

Launched by the Minister of Schools and Skills, this resource was funded by the Scottish Government, managed by Learning and Teaching Scotland and developed by LGBT Youth Scotland.

E-mail with the subject “Schools Toolkit Information” to find out more, or go here

Positive Behaviour

Positive Behaviour is a central resource for everyone committed to the Scottish Governments aim of improving relationships and promoting positive behaviour in Scottish schools. The website includes information about the work of the Positive Behaviour Team, training/conference opportunities and a collection of resources which aim to support positive behaviour. Take me to this resource

Respect Me

Respectme, Scotland’s anti-bullying service, is driven by a focus that it is the right of every child and young person not to be bullied. The website includes practical advice about anti-bullying policies and initiatives and the best ways to put these into practice; training opportunities; useful publications and information for parents, children and young people. Take me to this resource

Hands on Scotland

This website is a one-stop shop for frontline workers, giving practical information and techniques on how to respond helpfully to children and young people’s troubling behaviour, build up their self-esteem and promote their positive mental wellbeing. Take me to this resource

Find links to resources which provide information about improving and developing schools, including curriculum flexibility

Time for TEA

This is the first transgender education campaign aimed at Scottish Education. The 'T.E.A.' in the campaign title stands for Transgender Education Awareness. More HERE

SQA Exam Timetable

The 2014 timetable is available from the SQA. More HERE

Grounds for Learning film resource

Grounds for Learning is the school grounds charity for Scotland. This resource explores how outdoor play in schools supports children’s learning and development, identifies a range of ideas for enriching play and shares practical advice from schools that have developed good play practice. More HERE

Education Scotland resource guide for the Sciences

The guide provides links to useful websites, relevant documentation, on line resources and methods of communicating about the sciences. More HERE

Literacy: Listening and Talking Group Discussion

This professional learning resource provides guidance and exemplification to support planning for effective group discussion.  More HERE

Ryder Cup resource

This interactive e-golf course has a range of resources for children and young people to use at school or at home in the run up to and for the duration of the Ryder Cup 2014. More HERE

Homecoming 2014

Homecoming 2014 aims to engage, inspire and mobilise communities across Scotland to celebrate Homecoming. This resource highlights the various events being held across Scotland and how these can be used as a context for learning.  More HERE

Scottish Survey of Literacy and Numeracy resource

This learning resource provides detail on children and young people's strengths and areas for improvement in numeracy and provides guidance and advice to help inform learning and teaching practice. More HERE

The common sense approach to moving and handling of disabled children and young people

This guide reflects current children's rights legislation, manual handling and health and safety regulations. Download pdf HERE

Study Scotland

Education Scotland would like to invite secondary practitioners with experience across third and fourth levels to create teaching and learning ideas to support learning about Scotland. These resources will then be made available online. More HERE

Communication Matters: Improving Communication in Additional Support Needs

It’s not surprising that there are sometimes disagreements about the best way of meeting children’s additional support needs. This guide for parents and practitioners summarizes key aspects of Additional Support Needs legislation and supports you to resolve disputes. Download pdf HERE

Homeless not hopeless

There are more homeless children and young people throughout Scotland than most people think. They often need help to become (or remain) successful learners. Schools can take small actions schools can take that would make a big difference. Download pdf HERE

Amazing Things – a guide to the youth awards in Scotland 3rd edition

This celebrates the range of non-formal learning awards available for young people in Scotland. Produced by the Awards Network and published by Youth Scotland, Amazing Things (third edition) is available to download for free HERE

SQA Exam Timetable 2012: Exam Dates and Exam Times

The 2012 Examination Timetable is available to view online. A Personal Timetable Builder enables candidates to create and view their own personal exam timetable. More HERE

Supporting learner’s information leaflet

Education Scotland has produced a leaflet providing an overview of the entitlement to (personal) support. More HERE

Health and Safety Executive UK New Education web pages

New and improved information includes new sections such as a Health and Safety checklist for classrooms and statement on tackling the myths about health and safety law being a barrier to school trips and outdoor learning activities. More HERE

Pupils urged to get creative for conservation

Conservation charity the National Trust for Scotland is asking secondary schools pupils to design an interactive, environmentally-themed game to take out on the road next summer. Deadline February 10th 2012. More HERE

Scottish Education Awards launched

Nominate now for the Scottish Education Awards 2012. The awards are open to all publicly funded schools, including secondary, primary, nursery and special schools. There are also categories to recognise and reward the dedication of teachers, headteachers and support staff across Scotland. More HERE

Poetry Issues (December 2011)

The Scottish Poetry Library’s monthly magazine page is for librarians and teachers who work with poetry. This month’s issue includes a new free handbook to download on ways to approach discussing poetry. More HERE

Developing skills for learning, life and work

Six case studies, from a variety of primary and secondary settings around Scotland, demonstrate the development of skills for learning, life and work as outlined in Building the Curriculum 4. More HERE

Entrepreneurial skills across the curriculum

This group of case studies highlights the positive impact that developing entrepreneurial skills has had on the confidence and self-esteem of young people. More HERE

A world-class mathematics education for all our young people 

A UK report suggests that school children should study maths until they are 18 and stresses the importance of mathematical skills in a workplace where numeracy is increasingly important. More HERE

Books for All: improving accessibility to curricular materials for print disabled pupils

The project supports provision of adapted learning materials in accessible, alternative formats for pupils who have difficulties reading ordinary printed books. This can be because they are blind or vision impaired; have physical disabilities; have perceptual or other disabilities such as dyslexia or have insufficient literacy or language skills. Guides which have been published which contain advice and information for practitioners, pupils and parents. More HERE

School trips and outdoor learning activities: tackling the health and safety myths

The document provides support in Scotland for the Curriculum for Excellence through Outdoor Learning covering all activities from school grounds to fieldtrips to residential and adventure activity experiences. Download the PDF HERE

Health and wellbeing: a cluster approach

Several school clusters from across Scotland were supported in developing ways of delivering health and wellbeing experiences and outcomes which promote effective partnership models. From the outset, clusters worked on planning with a range of partners in their learning community. It is hoped that these support materials for staff will provide a practical starting point which will encourage clusters to work together. More HERE

New resources on outdoor learning

Some new resources on outdoor learning have been added to the Education Scotland website HERE

BBC Class Clips

Class Clips is the BBC’s archive of educational video and audio material for use in primary and secondary schools. Working with teachers across the UK, the best of current BBC programmes and back catalogue of schools television and radio the best range of clips to help with classroom teaching are chosen. More HERE

Teacher Researcher Reports

All of the GTCS’s teacher researcher reports are available through their publications database.  See the list on the website of the most recent; including on dyslexia and ASD in primary school children. Go HERE

Financial Learning Online Resource

Learning and Teaching Scotland has developed a Starter Kit to support people who are starting to deliver financial capability to adults and young people. Go HERE

Supporting Learners

Every child and young person is entitled to support to enable them to gain as much as possible from the opportunities which Curriculum for Excellence can provide. The new Supporting Learners Resource considers what this means and downloadable self reflection documents contain links to further information on the Supporting Learners website. Go HERE

SQA Study Guides

The guides are designed to help candidates prepare for their exams no matter what subject they are studying. Audio guides offer tips and advice on elements such as coping with stress, time management and effective study habits. Go HERE

School leaver destinations

This report concentrates on the destinations of school leavers in 2009/10. Go HERE

Evaluation of the 20:20 Programme

This programme aimed to facilitate transformational change in schools particularly amongst the lowest performing 20%. The programme has made a significant difference where schools have taken risks and experimented with their curriculum, learning and teaching methods and infrastructure. Go HERE

Out of site, out of mind?

This HMIE report presents an overview of provision for children and young people with behavioural needs in off-site bases and special schools. Evidence shows that the quality of young people’s learning experiences is currently too variable. For more go HERE

Evaluation of Campus Police Officers in Scottish Schools

This report from the Scottish Government concluded that the regular interaction, and the forging of positive relationships between campus officers and pupils, had achieved the goal of improving relationships between young people and the police. Read the full report HERE

Poorer children’s educational attainment: how important are attitudes and behaviour?

This study from Joseph Rowntree Foundation asks how much affluence and disadvantage influence educational attainment? This research examines attainment gaps between richer and poorer children from pre-school through to secondary school and suggests policy conclusions relating to parents and the family home and children's own attitudes and behaviours. Summary and full report available HERE

Interviews about help at school for pupils who have been made homeless

Recordings from a consultation with children (aged 8-15) at Shelter in South Lanarkshire from Enquire. A youth group created art and recorded interviews to share their views and suggest ways that schools can help families facing homelessness. To listen to the children's interviews go HERE You can also view the children's artwork HERE

Promoting young people's social and emotional wellbeing in secondary education

This is one of the Scottish Perspectives on NICE public health guidance and gives recommendations for Scotland. To view the PDF report go HERE

Count Us In – We’re Still Here: Successful transitions from secondary school

This guide from HMIe aims to help teachers and partner agencies assist young people in post-secondary transitions by giving guidance and including examples of good practice.

Order from HMIE or download online HERE

Education for learners with dyslexia

HMIE undertook a broad evaluation of provision for children, young people and adults with dyslexia in Scotland. Read it HERE

Amazing Things: A guide to youth awards in Scotland

The Awards Network is a forum of twenty one providers of non-formal learning Awards in Scotland. We work together to raise awareness of the variety of Awards available to young people aged 12 to 25. The network has developed a new website. Go HERE

Principles of Supporting Children’s Learning

These CPD materials are aimed at supporting practitioners in evaluating their inclusive practices for pupils with additional support needs, in line with the values and aims of The Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2009. Go HERE

Supporting Learners

Learning and Teaching Scotland has launched a new site. Curriculum for Excellence sits at the heart of the new website alongside a wealth of other, high-quality support materials. Supporting Learners brings together information on Universal and Targeted Support, Inclusion and Equality, Additional Support Needs, Supporting Wellbeing, 16+ Learning Choices and MCMC. Go HERE

Assessing Dyslexia Toolkit for Teachers

This resource guides teachers through the appropriate pathway to determine if a child is dyslexic. Go HERE

Learning about Learning

This web resource provides an overview of current thinking on how people learn – exploring areas such as differences in how we learn, emotions, motivation and creativity. Go HERE

Participants not Pawns: Guidance on consulting with children and young people on school closures and other significant changes

Children in Scotland and Scotland's Commissioner for Children and Young People (SCCYP) report on consulting with children and young people about proposed school closures. Read the PDF document HERE

Enquire factsheet: Exclusion from school

Enquire is the Scottish advice service for additional support for learning. Factsheet 12 explains what exclusion means, outlines exclusion procedures and gives information on the responsibilities of education authorities including alternative provision. Go HERE

What to do:

A guide to resources for outdoor learning and award schemes HERE

'Getting Ready to Leave School' Young people's advice guide.

Enquire is the Scottish advice service on additional support for learning. We give advice and information to families, professionals, children and young people. This new guide gives young people questions to think about and suggests people they can talk to. It also explains what schools may be able to do to help young people through this transitional stage of their lives. Call or email Enquire to order copies, or download from Enquire

Working effectively with young people and their families can often have a positive impact on their experience of school. In this section you will find a range of resources which will help you in developing your knowledge and skills in working with young people and their families

Brand New Information Packs from One Parent Families Scotland

OPS have redesigned their most popular publications: 'Separation and Divorce: Sorting it Out' and ' Money for Single Parents', with a third, 'Going Back to Work', to follow shortly. More HERE

Children’s Handbook Scotland

This is the comprehensive guide to benefits and tax credits where children are living apart from their parents, including children in kinship or foster care, children being looked after by the local authority, or at residential school, in residential care or in hospital. More HERE

Growing Up in Scotland study

GUS follows the lives of thousands of children right across Scotland from infancy through to their teens. As one of the largest studies ever done in Scotland  it will provide information to help develop policies and plan services for children and their families. If you would like to be kept up-to-date with the latest GUS news and events then register for the GUS electronic newsletter.More HERE

Widening access for learners with disabilities

Lead Scotland, (Specialists in Linking Education and Disability), is a voluntary organisation set up to widen access to learning for disabled young people and adults and carers across Scotland. LEAD offers advice, information, training and volunteering opportunities. More HERE

What is the law in relation to parental rights and responsibilities?

An information leaflet from cl@n childlaw. More HERE

Violence against Women Fund and Children's Services Fund

The VAW Fund will assist in the development of measures to tackle all forms of violence against women and funding for Children Services will be used for direct support to children and young people experiencing domestic abuse in refuge, following on from children leaving refuge and in outreach settings. More HERE

Short breaks fund for disabled children and their families

The Minister for Public Health, Michael Matheson has announced the launch of a £2m short breaks fund for disabled children and their families. Part of the fund will go directly to children and families through the Take a Break scheme, and the rest will be available to organisations who provide short breaks through Shared Care Scotland.
For more on Take a Break go HERE
For more on Shared Care Scotland go HERE

Dads2be Resource

A resource for professionals providing antenatal education and support to fathers. Download the pdf HERE

Sexual Exploitation

This new guide for parents and guardians from Barnardo’s outlines the signs of sexual exploitation and how to keep children and young people safe.  Download the pdf HERE

Pre-Birth to Three - Information for parents and carers

Education Scotland has published a leaflet and video clips to support practitioners, parents and carers in developing a shared understanding of the importance of children’s rights, and relationships which reflect care and respect. More HERE

A guide for parents about school attendance

Dec 2009, Learning and Teaching Scotland. This is a comprehensive booklet for parents and carers which explains legal responsibilities regarding children’s attendance at school. It also explains the responsibilities which schools and local education authorities have in making sure children are happy, safe and doing their best at school. The booklet describes the support a child is entitled to if school attendance is a problem and lists a number of support agencies as well. Read the pdf HERE

The Experiences of Children with Lesbian and Gay Parents – An Initial Scoping Review of Evidence

This paper was written in response to the Hearts and Minds Agenda Group recommendation1 that research is conducted into the experiences of children of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) parents. This paper presents a review of the findings from eight papers identified by experts in the field and an internal literature search. Take me to this report HERE

Growing Up in Scotland Parenting and the Neighbourhood Context Summary Report

The report presents key findings from the Growing Up in Scotland study (GUS) report Parenting and the neighbourhood context. The report uses data from GUS to explore families’ experiences of living in Scotland’s neighbourhoods. Take me to this report HERE

Resources for children and young people about divorce

A range of resources from a US source. Go HERE

Parent Line Scotland  

At some time all parents find that parenting can be difficult or stressful. ParentLine Scotland is the free, confidential, telephone helpline for anyone caring for a child in Scotland. You can call about any problem, however big or small. More for parents HERE or Tel: 0808 800 2222

No Place Like Home
This is a US based web site that promotes the parents role in sex and relationship education. More here
The Campaign to End Child Poverty

A coalition of more than 130 organisations including Barnardo's, Unicef and the NSPCC. According to their recent research, there were 428,000 children in Scotland living in poverty, and 174 of the 646 parliamentary constituencies in Britain have 50% or more of their child population in, or close to, the poverty line. Their website includes more poverty statistics for Scotland. Take me to more information about this resource

Learning and Teaching Scotland: Parents as Partners in Learning

This website outlines the importance of involving parents in education and includes a number of practical tools, practice examples and relevant organisation that can help develop strong parent-school partnerships. Take me to this resource


Parentzone is a practical resource for parent’s that aims to develop partnerships between parents and schools. The website is organised into distinct user-friendly areas covering issues that affect parents during the different stages of their children’s education. Take me to this resource

Young carers

Young carers offers practical advice and support to children and young people who look after someone in their family who has an illness, a disability, mental health problem or substance misuse problem. Take me to this resource

E-Learning resource: Poverty, parenting and social exclusion

These resources will be useful for people working in social care to understand the link between poverty, parenting and social exclusion. Take me to this resource

In this section you will find resources which can help to provide guidance in respect of working with young people and families who may be affected by substance misuse.

Scotland’s first on-line course about fetal alcohol harm

A free CPD course for a wide variety of professionals who deal with people affected by fetal alcohol harm. More HERE

“Alcohol’s harm to others” conference report

The report includes the presentations from Professor Robin Room and others and makes 10 recommendations to help protect children, young people and families from alcohol harm. More HERE

Children, young people and alcohol: how they learn and how to prevent excessive use

This research looks at what influences how children and young people behave towards alcohol. From two linked research reviews which examine how young people acquire their knowledge, attitudes, expectations and intentions about alcohol, and what interventions work best to prevent excessive use of alcohol. To download both reports or a summary go HERE

The Road to Recovery: A New Approach to Tackling Scotland’s Drug Problem

The Scottish Government's new national drugs strategy focuses on recovery but also looks at prevention, treatment and rehabilitation, education, enforcement and protection of children. Take me to this REPORT

Alcohol education

Drink Aware have responded to requests for more workshops, factsheets and information for professionals working with young people. Go HERE   

Resources for practitioners working with children affected by parental alcohol misuse

A new section has been added to the SNAPY website called ‘practitioners tools’. This includes various resources, toolkits and DVD’s. Many can be downloaded for free. Go HERE

‘Know the Score’ Information booklet 'Drugs - What Every Parent Should Know'

Suggests ways to engage with young people, gives information about drugs and identifying drugs use, and what to do in an emergency. Visit the website for general information,  or call the helpline on 0800 587 5879, for copies of the leaflet.

Talk to Frank

'Talk to Frank' is a web-site and telephone helpline offering advice, information and support to anyone concerned about drugs and solvent/volatile substance misuse, including drug misusers, their families, friends and carers. Take me to this resource

Fast Forward

Fast Forward is a national organisation promoting health and well being through education by, with and for young people, focusing on the prevention of drug, alcohol and tobacco misuse. Take me to this resource

Alcohol: What every parent should know

This guide is mainly for parents with teenage children, but may also be useful when talking with younger children. Take me to this resource


MindED provides guidance on children and young people's mental health, wellbeing and development. The resource is aimed at any adult working with children, young people and families. More HERE


MindFull is a new service for 11-17 year olds, providing support, information and advice about mental health and emotional wellbeing online. Young people choose the type of support they receive which includes mentoring, counselling and self-help. More HERE

Charter on the rights of the dying child

Professionals working with children affected by incurable illness in Italy have formulated a charter of rights for children approaching the end of their lives. The goal was to develop a document that could be applied in any clinical situations or circumstances and used as a guide by professionals and families caring for children in the terminal stages of an illness. More  HERE

Can I tell you about asthma? A guide for friends, family and professionals

Alfie invites readers to learn about asthma form his perspective. More HERE

A guide to assessing sexual behaviours

This innovative resource helps professionals who work with children and young people to identify, assess and respond appropriately to sexual behaviours. It uses a 'traffic light tool' to categorise sexual behaviours, to increase understanding of healthy sexual development and distinguish this from harmful behaviour. More HERE

Mental health and young people resource

'see me' is dedicated to tackling the stigma of mental ill-health among young people, helping them to understand the problems that they might face and what they can do to look after each other. This resource pack is intended to assist in introducing the subject to a group of young people. More HERE

Young Carer’s Mental Health toolkit

This toolkit came about after discussion with young carer workers who were looking for ideas and resources they could use to promote positive mental health and wellbeing. The toolkit aims to provide activities which use the notion of building resiliency of young carers. More HERE

Health Behaviour in school-aged children Scotland National Report

Since 1990, children and young people in Scotland aged 11, 13 and 15 years have participated in the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) World Health Organization Collaborative Cross-National Study. This report is the 6th wave of the survey in Scotland. Download the PDF HERE

Underage and Pregnant packs

BBC Learning has compiled resource packs featuring footage from the BBC programme ‘Underage and Pregnant’.  Both the Teacher's Pack and the Youth Pack (designed for use in more informal settings) contain exercises that address different aspects of teenage pregnancy, sexual health, relationships and parenting. More HERE

The first ever World report on disability

Produced jointly by World Health Organisation and the World Bank, the report suggests that more than a billion people in the world today experience disability. The report provides the best available evidence about what works to overcome barriers to health care, rehabilitation, education, employment, and support services, and to create the environments which will enable people with disabilities to flourish. The report ends with a concrete set of recommended actions for governments and their partners. Download the PDF HERE

Start Active, Stay Active

Whatever our age, there is good scientific evidence that being physically active can help us lead healthier and even happier lives. We also know that inactivity is a silent killer. Therefore, it is important that the public health community provides people with the information on which to base healthy lifestyle choices. Start Active, Stay Active is aimed at professionals and policy makers and is the first link in a chain of communication to inform behaviour change. Download the PDF HERE

Teenage pregnancy figures published

The teenage pregnancy rate has been fairly steady for the past decade with a small drop over the last three years. More HERE

Dance is good for Scotland

The Federation of Scottish Theatre report makes key recommendations to improve the health, happiness and skills of Scotland through dance, and to further the art form. More HERE

Count Us In: Mind Over Matter

One in 12 children and young people in Scotland have mental health difficulties that are so substantial that they may have difficulties with their thoughts, their feelings, their behaviour, their learning and their relationships on a day-to-day basis. HMIE report on the strengths and best practice in implementing inclusion and equality across education in Scotland, and sets out what needs to be done now to improve. G o HERE

Educational psychology in Scotland: making a difference

This report provides, for the first time, an overview based on inspections of all 32 local authority educational psychology services. The picture it presents is positive but there is scope for further improvement. Go HERE

Sexual abuse and therapeutic services for children and young people 

This research report was carried out by the NSPCC and the University of Edinburgh. For the full report and an executive summary go HERE

Whose Child Now? 

This short report by Barnardo’s looks at child sexual exploitation. It describes some of the key issues for children affected by sexual exploitation and looks at some of the links between this form of abuse, children who go missing and child trafficking within the UK. To download the report go HERE

A critical review of the literature on children and young people’s views of the factors that influence their mental health.

As part of the process to ensure that the work being taken forward by NHS Health Scotland to establish children and young people’s mental health indicators (see HERE) takes into account the views of children and young people, a review was commissioned to examine what children and young people themselves perceive to be important in affecting their mental health (mental health problems and mental wellbeing) for good or ill. The report is available HERE

Sibling sexual abuse

The Lighthouse was established in 2001 to work with young people aged 10-18 who have displayed harmful sexual behaviour and in particular to answer: When a child has abused a younger sibling, what factors may be associated with an increase or decrease in the likelihood that he will go on to abuse more widely in the community? View the study HERE

An Investigation of the Role of School Nurses in Supporting Mental Health and Well-being

The study explored how school nurse mangers across Scotland view their role in promoting and supporting the mental health of young people. Take me to this REPORT

Hands On Scotland

The website helps frontline workers make a difference to children and young people’s lives. It offers extensive practical information and ‘hands on’ techniques to respond helpfully to troubling behaviour. Now the Hands On Scotland website has a new portal on how to help children and young people flourish. This new portal was designed for parents, carers and anyone working with infants, children and young people. It contains 14 topics covering a wide range of issues including confidence, resilience, gratitude, good relationships, sense of purpose and emotional balance. Go HERE

Online Resources for Outdoor Learning

Includes best practice and health and safety guides. Go HERE


The Cancertalk website is Macmillan’s resource guide for teachers and youth group leaders. Here you'll find all the information, support and resources you need to talk about cancer with children and young people. Take me to this resource HERE

Beat - Eating disorders website

Beat is a UK charity for people with eating disorders and their families. Beat is the working name of the Eating Disorders Association. Take me to this resource

Samaritans Youth Pack

This pack helps introduce young people to a range of issues that affect emotional health and wellbeing and addresses emotional confusion commonly associated with puberty and adolescence. Provides resource materials and suggests ways these may be used. It contains a series of practical workshops and information in the following areas:

  • Helping you to help Young People
  • Emotional health and wellbeing
  • Stress Anxiety and Fear
  • Isolation

Take me to this pdf resource

Young Scotland in Mind Forum

Young Scotland in Mind is led by Barnardos. The forum brings together voluntary organisations from across Scotland to communicate more effectively, build on collective strengthens and influence the development of policy and practice. The website includes a forum, a ‘what’s going on’ and resources section. Take me to this resource


Penumbra is one of Scotland’s leading mental health charities providing a range of support and services to adults and young people. Take me to this resource

Depression in Teenagers

This website is intended to be used by young people to help them recognise the symptoms associated with depression as well as offering some suggestions about ways to combat these symptoms. Take me to this resource

There is a shared concern to improve the school experience of children and young people who are looked after. This section highlights some resources which will help inform practice. Please also check out our thematic page.

The Higher Education Handbook for Care Leavers

The Who Cares? Trust has created the Handbook to give young people who are in or leaving care information about the support that is available at higher education institutions in Scotland. More HERE

‘Extra Support at School: The Rights of Looked After Children’ new briefing from Enquire

Enquire’s briefing paper explains the rights of looked after children under the Additional Support for Learning Act. The briefing will help professionals in education, social work and health in relation to GIRFEC and the corporate parent role, and will be useful for parents and carers in knowing how to ensure their child is getting help when they need it most. More HERE

Vulnerable young people in alternative education settings: their sexual health needs, experience and use of sex education and sexual health services

This study worked with vulnerable young people in Alternative Education Settings (AES) in Scotland  to better understand the factors which exacerbate their risky behaviour and potentially perpetuate health inequalities. Download the PDF HERE

Count Us In – Improving the education of our looked after children

This guide from HMIe aims to “help local authorities and partner agencies improve the outcomes for looked after children” in Scotland. Order from HMIE or download online HERE

Improving the education of looked after children: A guide for local authorities and service providers

The suggestions for practice in this booklet have been written for everyone involved in being a 'corporate parent' for looked after children, young people and care leavers. Aimed at practitioners working directly with looked after children and young people, some of the advice will be useful to others in the corporate parent family involved in planning and monitoring services, providing and analysing data, and supporting employment, training and post-school education. Take me to this report HERE

A Guide to overnight stays for children who are looked after

Two booklets have been produced to help children and young people living in foster or residential care to understand what rules and arrangements need to be followed when they go on a sleepover. Take me to the 8 – 12 years old resource HERE Take me to the resource 12 years and over HERE

Looking After Looked After Children – good practice case studies

Young Minds has profiled good practice in six services in this publication which aims to address the particular issues of how in practice to work with children and their carers to promote children’s positive mental health and to tackle more persistent difficulties. Take me to this REPORT

The Educational Attainment of Looked After Children - Local Authority Pilot Projects: Final Research Report.  

This research broadly aimed to identify interventions that appeared to make the most differences in terms of both the educational experience and the educational outcomes of those involved in the research. Take me to this REPORT

These Are Our Bairns

This guide is about being a good corporate parent. It provides guidance to Councils and their community planning partners on how to improve outcomes for looked after children and young people and care leavers, through better fulfilling their corporate parent function. It includes a section on Education Services. Take me to this RESOURCE

Looked After Children and Young People: We Can and Must Do Better

This report is intended for everyone who is concerned with looked after children and young people and their families. The main impetus behind the report is the desire to see a step change in outcomes for looked after children and young people. Take me to this REPORT

Getting it right for every child in kinship and foster care

This strategy considers what needs to be in place to provide a truly child-centred response and approach to the provision of foster and kinship care. Take me to this REPORT

Supporting Looked After Children and Young People at School: A Scottish Case Study

This report examines the arrangements for supporting looked after children in schools, including the transfer of information between social work and education, and the role of the designated senior manager with responsibility for looked after children. Take me to this REPORT

Sweet 16? The Age of Leaving Care in Scotland

This report by Scotland's Commissioner for Children and Young People examines the law, policy and practice on the age of leaving care for young people in Scotland. The Commissioner was shocked to learn that young people were still expected to leave care at 16 or 17 when they are not ready to face the challenges this presents. Take me to this REPORT

Why label me because I’m in care?

Enquire has interviewed three young people and reports on their experience of care, including educational experiences. Go here for text and audio HERE

Looked after children and young people

This site provides a wealth of information about looked after children and young people in Scotland. Includes latest on educational attainment. Take me to this resource HERE 

Who Cares Scotland

Who Cares Scotland is an independent organisation who work with children and young people with experience of being looked after in Scotland. They provide a range of services including: Advocacy, Advice, Information and Support. Take me to this resource

Scottish Throughcare and Aftercare Forum

The Scottish Throughcare and Aftercare Forum aims to improve support for young people leaving care by influencing the development of national policies and supporting local services. The website includes links to key contacts, information about forthcoming events, and a range of resources for those supporting young people leaving care. Take me to this resource

In this section you will find resources which provide young people with the opportunity to have their say about issues which affect them.

NEW - A guide to children’s advocacy

This guide is for anyone who advocates for a child or young person. More HERE

Summer at the Scottish Parliament

Throughout July and August the Scottish Parliament is offering a range of summer sessions for youth groups. More HERE

Scotland’s future

Resources to support practitioners in developing a range of creative approaches towards teaching about the referendum. More HERE

Through young eyes: The children’s commission on poverty  

The Children’s Commission on Poverty in England will make sure children’s views are at the heart of the debate on child poverty. Follow the young commissioners on their journey, hear about findings and see life through young eyes. More HERE

Flushed with Success

Flushed with Success? is Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People’s campaign for the Scottish Government to introduce new guidance on school toilets. With current legislation in the area nearly 50 years old, the campaign addresses the fact that standards of school toilets for pupils need to improve. To get involved go HERE

Care Inspectorate guide to involving children and young people in improving children’s services

The guide focuses on how children and young people are involved in planning and developing services, with practice examples and discussion of what works and what to avoid. Download pdf HERE

Children and young people’s participation in Scotland

This report from Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and young People explores frameworks, standards and principles for practice across a range fop services. More HERE

Conversations Project: Young People with disabilities say what they want

Part of the work of the National Review of Services to Disabled Children this project reports on what things are most important to disabled young people themselves, what they think about the services and activities that they use and what they would like to see developed.  More HERE

Scotland 2050

The Scottish Qualifications Authority and Scottish Business in the Community’s inspirational new competition asks young people to develop a piece of creative work that clearly shows their vision of our future. Closing date 27th April 2012. More HERE

Young Scot Rewards

The latest addition to the Young Scot National Entitlement Card encourages young people to participate in positive activities by giving them the opportunity to collect points for taking part in activities, and then unlocking special achievements and exclusive rewards for doing so. More HERE

HMIE reports on services listening to children’s views

This series of 3 reports identifies good practices which promote children and young people having their views listened to and makes recommendations. These examples of good practice were taken from a range of inspections in places such as nurseries, schools, colleges, education authorities and services for children.

Good Listeners, the Context: Hearing the Voices of Children and Young People Is available HERE

Good Listeners 1: Hearing the Voices of Children in Primary and Special Schools Is available HERE

Good Listeners 2: Hearing the Voices of Children and Young People in Children’s Services Is available HERE

What can I do at my age?

What children can legally do at their age from 0 – 21. Take me to this report HERE

Understanding stigma: young people’s experiences of mental health stigma

The study explored young people's experiences of stigma from mental health difficulties and their views concerning potential strategies for support. Take me to this REPORT

Scottish Youth Parliament

The Scottish Youth Parliament represents and proposes innovative solutions to issues affecting young people in Scotland today. The SYP think that young people in Scotland have the right to have their views listened to and acted upon. Take me to this resource

The Children’s Parliament

The Children’s Parliament aims to provide sustainable and meaningful opportunities for children and young people who are 14 and under to engage in local, national and international democratic processes. Take me to this resource

Involving children and young people in decisions about their education

This Enquire guide is about involving children and young people with additional support needs in decision making, from whole school issues to personal learning and support. Take me to this resource

In this section you will find resources which support the development of children and young people’s services in Scotland.

Value based interviewing: keep children safer through recruitment

This factsheet introduces the concept of Value-based interviewing (VBI) and explains how it can help organisations to recruit the most suitable people to work with children. More HERE

Mentoring Matters

This online resource supports educators self-evaluate the quality of their mentoring practice and reflect on the impact of mentoring on learning and teaching. More HERE

National Guidance for Child Protection in Scotland: Guidance for Health Professionals

All children and young people have a right to be protected.  As health is a universal provider for children and young people and their families and many will only ever access universal services it is important for all healthcare staff to understand their responsibilities when treating and managing children and young people or their parents and carers. More HERE

LGBT Youth Scotland and Youth Scotland launch a new National Learning Network

Network events will be quarterly and consist of training, best practice sharing, and advice and support around working with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people. The network is aimed at Youth and Community Workers, Youth Work Volunteers and other professionals working with young people. More HERE

Stonewall Scotland school work

The organisation has a range of work to support agencies to tackle homophobia and homophobic bullying in schools. More HERE

Getting Started

An online how to guide for starting a successful youth group or project in your area. More HERE

Guidelines for practitioners supporting people affected by forced marriage

These practice guidelines aim to inform frontline practitioners who are responsible for protecting children and adults from the abuse associated with forced marriage. More HERE

Connect: Communities of Practice and CLD

Education Scotland has launched a new online communities of practice for those who take a community learning and development approach to their work in supporting communities or work in partnership with CLD practitioners. More HERE

Guidance on Joint Investigative Interviewing of child witnesses in Scotland

Good practice guidance for police officers and social workers who are carrying out joint investigative interviews with child witnesses. More HERE

Improving advocacy for children and young people: principles and minimum standards

A national discussion paper proposes a set of principles and minimum standards to be applied whenever advocacy support is being given to a child or young person. More HERE

Mentoring Works

Evaluation of the YMCA Plusone initiative shows the value of mentoring to vulnerable young people.Download the PDF HERE

Online materials to support community learning and development practitioners

Education Scotland has published the following materials to support community learning and development (CLD) practitioners. The material reflects three national priorities for CLD in Scotland: achievement through learning for adults, achievement through learning for young people and achievement through building community capacity. More HERE

Leaving home resources

The Scottish Council for Single Homeless has launched a range of resources to help teach young people about the pros and cons of leaving home. Go HERE

Keeping Children Safe: Preventing abuse among young children and young people

This leaflet is for everyone involved in bringing up children. It explains that some children sexually abuse other children, how we can recognise the warning signs and the action we can take to prevent it. Go HERE

10 Things We Do To Make A Difference launched

This PINS publication highlights the voluntary sector’s pupil inclusion work. Available HERE

Bridging the Gap: Improving Outcomes for Scotland’s Young People through School and Youth Work Partnerships.

This publication celebrates school and youth work partnerships in Scotland, gives the policy context and some examples of practice. Take me to more information HERE

Preventing Mental, Emotional and Behavioural Disorders Among Young People

The report is the result of a 2-year study and highlights key advances in prevention research over the last 15 years and defines a policy and research agenda for the future.  The report emphasises the need for evidence-based interventions in a range of family, school and community settings. A free downloadable copy of the summary can be accessed HERE

Our Journey: Child Protection and LGBT Young People

LGBT Youth Scotland presents the “Our Journey” research report, commissioned by the Scottish Government this research explores the ways in which professionals respond to a young person’s LGBT identity, and the issues which influence these responses. It also attempts to identify the support and guidance required by professionals when approaching the interface between child protection and meeting the needs of LGBT young people. Take me to this REPORT

The Child at the Centre: Self Evaluation in the Early Years

This report from HMIe outlines a revised framework of indicators which help you to work out where your early education centre is in improving its quality and aiming for excellence. Take me to this REPORT

See Me, Hear Me: A guide to using the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to promote the rights of children

This is the first book to look at how this Convention can be used to support disabled children, alongside the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. This guide's analysis of the inter-relationship of the two Conventions, together with practical guidance on advocacy strategies and illustrations of good practice, make it an invaluable tool for child and disability rights advocates. Take me to this resource HERE

The Recruitment Pack: Involving children and young people in the recruitment of staff

Save the Children and the Scottish Alliance for Children's Rights with The TASC Agency have produced this pack for organisations wishing to involve children and young people in the recruitment and selection of staff. Take me to this publication HERE

Evaluation Support Scotland

Evaluation Support Scotland works with voluntary sector organisations and funders so they can measure the impact of their work. The organisation provides practical support through web based tools/resources/case studies and regular training and workshop events. ESS aims to build evaluation and learning into funding and policy making processes. Take me to this resource

Youth Link

Youth Link is the national youth agency in Scotland. It promotes the well being of young people in Scotland in a local, national and global context. Take me to this resource

LGBT Charter of Rights

LGBT Youth Scotland’s Charter of Rights is an opportunity for organisations to demonstrate their commitment to LGBT young people and set a benchmark for the mainstreaming of equal rights for LGBT young people. Take me to this resource

Youth Scotland: Volunteering Resource Bank

Youth Scotland’s Resource Bank is an online searchable database of resources that provide guidance in terms of attracting more volunteers to the youth work sector and to improve support and development opportunities for youth work volunteers. Take me to this resource

Walk the Talk

Walk the Talk is a national website designed to help health professionals and make health services more youth friendly. Take me to this resource

Working with hard to reach young people: a practical guide

This guide was produced by Street Work for the Scottish Government and provides practical guidelines for organisations seeking to improve their outreach work and engagement with hard to reach young people. Take me to this resource

In this section you will find resources which are relevant to your work with young people with additional support needScottish Strategy for Autism

The Scottish Government Strategy will be delivered jointly with COSLA. The planned programme of activity is backed up with new resources of £10m over the next 4 years. More HERE
Easy read version HERE

Consultation responses for 'Towards an Autism Strategy for Scotland.'

This report presents the findings of a consultation on a new proposed national strategy for people with autism and their families. HERE The Scottish Government's response to the consultation is here HERE

Research looking at the nature and extent of youth gang activity and knife carrying in Scotland and recommendations for policy interventions.

Youth gang members are likely to be highly visible as problematic individuals. Moreover, many of those known to the police and the children's hearing system are at high risk of being in a gang. Therefore, there are a number of channels through which intervention strategies could be directed, including youth street work and the police, schools and social workers. For more go HERE

Getting it Right for Young Carers:

The Carers Strategy for Scotland 2010-2015 The demands of caring can be onerous. The strategy identifies actions for Government to help improve outcomes for young carers. Plans include a classification of young carers in the 2011 school census. Download the pdf document HERE

Five Case Studies of Flexible Learning and Support Packages for Young People Who Require More Choices and More Chances

This report (2009) from The SCRE Centre, Faculty of Education, University of Glasgow has case studies which include a local authority strategic approach, early identification of young people ‘at risk’; a specialist school in partnership with a local college; a Youth Start programme; re-engaging disaffected young people through employment; and early-intervention mentoring programmes for primary-age pupils. Available HERE

Case Studies of the Delivery of Skills for Learning, Skills for Life and Skills for Work

Looking at vocational skills and good practice in learning and teaching, this report (2009) from The SCRE Centre, Faculty of Education, University of Glasgow outlines five case studies from around Scotland. Available HERE

Improving the Odds: Improving Life Chances

This HMIe report documents good practice from a number of schools that are making a significant difference for lower-achieving groups of pupils, often in less advantaged communities. Take me to this REPORT

The Autism Toolbox

The Autism Toolbox will help everyone involved in delivering education to those with autism. All schools, partner provider nurseries and local authorities have been provided with a copy of the new guidance. Take me to this resource HERE  

Framework for inclusion

This resource identifies the values and beliefs, professional knowledge and understanding and the skills and abilities, in terms of inclusive education, to be expected of both student teachers and qualified teachers. In the future, a further web-based resource will give support by providing relevant, high quality materials and documentation. Take me to this resource HERE

Enquire: The Scottish Advice Service for Additional Support for Learning

Enquire is a national service that provides information to families of children who need extra help at school, to children and young people themselves and to professionals who work on their behalf. Take me to this resource

The Scottish Society for Autism

The Scottish Society for Autism works together with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), their families, carers, and other organisations, agencies, and individuals in Scotland to promote and provide exemplary services and training in education, care, support and life opportunities for individuals of all ages with ASD. Take me to this resource

LGBT Youth

LGBT Youth Scotland is a national organisation working towards the inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people in the life of Scotland. LGBT Youth provide a range of services and opportunities for young people, families and professionals in order to proactively assist with increasing awareness and confidence, in turn reducing isolation and intolerance. Take me to this resource

Barnardos: Effective work with sexually exploited children and young people

This paper outlines Barnardos expertise in this area, details research and practice tools, and provides information about effective practice and evaluating outcomes. Take me to this resource

In this section you will find articles which engage with the issue of working with young people around the issues of Social Justice

Join Together!

Together is an alliance that works to improve the awareness, understanding and implementation of the UNCRC. Find out more and show your support of children’s rights in Scotland by becoming a member of Together now. More HERE

Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Watch is one of the world’s leading independent organisations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights, focusing international attention where human rights are violated. More HERE

Report to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child

How are we doing in Scotland when it comes to children’s rights? The Scottish Government has published its submission and contribution to the UK report to the UN Committee. Download pdf HERE

A Need to Belong – What leads girls to join gangs

Review of the international literature on girls involved with gangs and an analysis of data collected for more than 8,000 young people from 37 newly developed youth point of arrest health screening initiatives in England. Finds that more than a quarter of female gang members had a suspected mental health problem and 30% had self-harmed or were at risk of suicide. Download pdf HERE

Responding to Forced Marriage: Multi-Agency Practice Guidelines

These practice guidelines aim to inform frontline practitioners who are responsible for protecting children and adults from the abuse associated with forced marriage. More HERE

2012 child poverty report

A range of leading academics have assessed the progress made on child poverty, to identify the drivers behind the changes observed, and to reflect on what the future looks like for children in the UK today. Download the pdf HERE

cottish Child Law Centre in 2012

The Centre continues to support children and adults on a variety of legal issues relating to children and young people.  Their range of services, publications and training programme (open and bespoke for your organisation) for 2012 are all available on line. More HERE

Local action to tackle child poverty

This resource will support the development and implementation of Scotland's Strategy for Child Poverty.  The aim is to provide a single point of reference to assist those involved in tackling child poverty locally throughout Scotland. More HERE

Together launches State of Children's Rights report 2011

The report provides a non-government perspective on the extent to which children in Scotland are able to enjoy their rights enshrined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). More HERE

The State of Children’s Rights Report 2010  

The report provides a non-government perspective on the progress made in Scotland towards implementing the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). For more information go HERE

Count Us In: Success for All

This HMIe resource gives a view on the strengths and best practice in implementing inclusion and equality across education in Scotland, and sets out what needs to be done now to improve. It includes video clips of best practice. Go HERE

The 2010 edition of indicators of poverty and social exclusion in Scotland.

The New Policy Institute has produced its 2010 edition of indicators of poverty and social exclusion in Scotland, providing a comprehensive analysis of trends and differences between groups. It includes a broad review of relevant Scottish policy, using the framework of Achieving our Potential the key Scottish policy document on poverty. Go HERE

Deprivation and risk: the case for early intervention

A report from Action for Children which considers themes of inequality, health and wellbeing, education, housing and social mobility. Includes policy analyses and interviews with Action for Children service users. Download full PDF report HERE