SCSC response to the Education and Culture Committee's call for evidence regarding its scrutiny of the Scottish Government's Draft Budget (24th October 2014)
Response to the Education and Culture Committee's call for evidence on its scrutiny of the SCottish Government's Draft Budget 2015/16 from the Scottish Children's Services Coalition
SCSC and Royal College of Psychiatrists letter to Alex Neil, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing (9th July 2014)
Letter to Alex Neil, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing outlining our shared concerns of the shortage of psychiatrists in Scotland, urging the Scottish Government to take urgent action in order to get a grip on this critical situation.
SCSC Spring Newsletter (May 2014)
SCSC spring newsletter - with features on further research into the rise of those with ASN, continued work to protect ASL funding and the build up to Scottish Apprenticeship Week.
Briefing on the Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill seeking support for care leavers (18th February 2014)
Briefing to MSPs in advance of the Scottish Parliament debate on the Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill looking for them to approve Part 8 which provides greater support to care leavers.
SCSC Winter newsletter (February 2014)
SCSC winter newsletter - with features on the campaign against council cuts for those with ASN and the petition to the Scottish Parliament on this matter; success for care leavers in the Children and Young People Bill, and concerns over a shortage in the number of educational psychologists.
SCSC raises concerns over increased waiting times for access to mental health services on World Mental Health Day (10th October 2014)
On World Mental Health Day SCSC raise concerns over increased waiting times for access to mental health services by children and young people as well as hghlighting figures from the Mental Welfare Commission in Scotland pointing to increasing numbers of children going to non-specialist mental health wards and a reduction in the number of mental health officers.
SCSC comment article in The Scotsman raising concerns over waiting times for children to access mental health services (25th September 2014)
Recent figures on waiting times for children and young people to access mental health services (CAMHS) make clear the challenges faced by children and young people with mental health issues according to Sophie Pilgrim from SCSC member, Kindred Scotland.
SCSC renews its call to the Scottish Government for urgent action to ensure that NHS Health Boards achieve waiting time targets for children and adolescent services (26th August 2014)
The call comes as alarming new figures from the Information Services Division of National Services Scotland, part of NHS Scotland, indicate that the vast majority number of Health Boards are currently failing to meet a 26-week waiting time target for treatment from specialist child and adolescent mental health service (CAMHS) and are at risk of missing a Scottish Government target of an 18-week waiting time, which come into force in December 2014.
SCSC letter in the media in response to Princes Trust and HSBC poll (6th August 2014)
SCSC responds to Princes Trust and HSBC poll which found that almost three-quarters (73%) of the businesses polled fear that the UK will be faced with a skills crisis in the next three years and highlights the merits of employing those with ASN.
SCSC warns of "ticking timebomb" created by lack of uptake in psychiatrist posts (7th July 2014)
SCSC raises concerns over statistics revealing a of lack of uptake in psychiatrist posts and impact this will have on those vulnerable children and young people requiring these services, including increased waiting times.