Writing in The Scotsman, Jackie Blair, Director of Education at coalition member, Spark of Genius, highlights that while mainstreaming of those children and young people with additional support needs is the ideal, greater resourcing is required to give adequate support.
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, 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.
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.
New waiting time figures covering the quarter from April to June 2017 indicate that five of 14 health boards failed to meet a Scottish Government waiting time target for access by children and young people to specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).
We respond to the Education and Skills Committee report on additional support needs, warning of a ‘lost generation’ of vulnerable children and young people.