In a letter to the media to mark the first Care Experienced Week (22nd to 28th October), the Scottish Children's Services Coalition calls for all care experienced people to be celebrated, seeking greater support for them and action to tackle the stigma many face.
Writing in The Herald, Stephen McGhee, Depute Managing Director for coalition member, Spark of Genius, marks World Mental Health Day by calling for greater investment in mental health services in the Scottish Government Budget.
Writing in The Scotsman, Chris Green, headteacher at Spark of Genius' Harbour Point School, a coalition member, highlights the need for greater support for those with additional support needs if they are to realise their full potential.
Writing in The Herald, Lynn Bell, CEO of coalition member, Love Learning Scotland, highlights the challenges faced by those children who find their referral for specialist mental health treatment rejected.
Noting the latest waiting time figures, the Scottish Children's Services Coalition calls on the Scottish Government to increase investment in mental health services for children and young people.
Writing in The Scotsman, Dr Marie Holmes, Clinical Psychologist for coalition member Spark of Genius, highlights the major beneficial impacts clinical psychologists can have on children who have experienced trauma.
We call on the Scottish Government to urgently review how local authorities are supporting children and young people with complex and high level needs.
We call for additional resourcing for those requiring additional support as new figures show an escalating number of children with additional support needs while specialist teacher numbers slump.
Kenny Graham, Head of Education at Falkland House School, writes for Friends of the Scotsman on the need for greater action when it comes to addressing the mental health needs of children and young people.
We call on the Scottish Government to increase investment in mental health services for children and young people.