Generation Code

Generation Code allows young people to get creative, develop their computational thinking and coding skills to become better equipped to take advantage of the opportunities in a world that is becoming digital-by-default.

90% of all jobs require digital skills to some degree and the UK needs another 745,000 workers with digital skills in 2017. Young people are expected to make up a third of the global workforce by 2020, but many lack the digital skills to enable them to take advantage of these increasing digital opportunities. Generation Code addresses the lack of skills in computer science in young people, empowering them to become digital creators in an ever-changing global society.

In partnership with Microsoft and Youth Scotland/UK Youth, Generation Code provides coding opportunities to young people aged 11-19 years old, The national programme trains Code Champions aged 16-25 years old with no coding experience to take the lead on delivering regular coding activities to young people in their area, sparking an interest in code through themed activities that are relevant to their interests, whether that be fashion, sport or space. Using the micro: bit, Generation Code will help 11,760 young people across the UK get creative with code, bringing coding to life as they make all sorts of cool creations, from robots to musical instruments – the possibilities are endless.

Contact Michele Meehan at Youth Scotland to register your interest., Tel : 0131 554 2561


Getting it Right for Every Child – amended policy update

The Getting it right for every child policy update document on 28 July. This has now been uploaded to the Scottish Government website for ease of access and it includes a few corrected typos.

You can view the updated version of the Policy Update on the website here or available to download here 

 If the previous document has been upload to your website, or it has been further disseminated, we would be grateful if you could please replace it with the updated version. We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused.


Consultation: Draft standards for Healthcare and Forensic Medical Services for People who have experienced rape, sexual assault or child sexual abuse.

The draft standards for Healthcare and Forensic Medical Services for People who Have Experienced Rape, Sexual Assault or Child Sexual Abuse: Children, Young People and Adults are now available to download from the Healthcare Improvement Scotland website at the following link:,_maternal__child/programme_resources/sexual_assault_services.aspx

The consultation closes on Wednesday 13th September 2017.


Real Face of Child Poverty Annual Bullying Survey Survey of harassment or bullying online

The Real Face of Child Poverty 2017

This report sets out to investigate the current reality of living on low incomes in the UK today. It highlights the changing profile of those that are disadvantaged and the level of insecurity and uncertainty that they face, backed up by data and analysis collected by Buttle UK.

Download the full report here.

Download the Executive Summary only here.

The Annual Bullying Survey 2017

The Annual Bullying Survey 2017, is the fifth and largest edition of the yearly benchmark of bullying in the United Kingdom. Ditch the Label surveyed over 10,000 young people aged 12-20 in partnership with schools and colleges from across the country.

This free report has thousands of the latest bullying statistics and fully explores the reasons why young people bully others. Included in the report is the following:

  • Key bullying statistics in the UK.
    • The motivations of bullying.
    • Frequency and nature of bullying experienced.
    • The impact of bullying.
    • Rates of young people bullying others.
    • The extent and climate of cyberbullying and abuse online.
    • What it’s really like to grow up in a digital world.
    • Social media trends, bullying and addiction.
    • Recommendations.
    • Real stories and experiences.

The report also comes with tips and advice for schools, colleges, practitioners, parents/guardians and young people.

Read more.

Almost half of girls aged 11-18 have experienced harassment or bullying online

Nearly half (48%) of girls aged 11-18 in the UK have experienced some form of harassment or abuse on social media, a new survey has found, while nearly three quarters (73%) have taken specific actions to avoid being criticised online.

The findings, based on a survey commissioned by girls’ rights charity Plan International UK, have prompted fears that girls are being forced to withdraw from social media due to fear of criticism, harassment or abuse. The charity today launches the #girlsbelonghere campaign to tackle the problem.

Boys are significantly less likely than girls to experience abuse, with 40% reporting a negative experience. They are also less likely (59%) to take evasive actions to avoid being criticised such as refraining from posting on social media or holding back their opinions.

The survey, in which research agency Opinium spoke to 1,002 young people aged 11-18, suggests that while at times it can be an inspiring and empowering space, the online world can also feel isolating and threatening – especially for girls and young women.

Read more.

Quality Volunteering Award 2017


Quality Volunteering Award 2017


VAO will be delivering their Quality Volunteering Award once again in 2017, and are looking for local groups and organisations who involve volunteers in their work, who may want to work towards achieving it. This quality standard enables organisations to comprehensively review their volunteer management, policies and procedures and once awarded, allows them to publicly demonstrate their commitment to volunteering and volunteer management. This award is available for all groups and organisation across all sectors.

The aims of the Award are to:

• Encourage and establish good practice amongst volunteer engaging organisations;
• Provide support, information and advice to organisations who wish to meet the standards;
• Ensure that volunteers and volunteer involving organisations are being given the support they need.
• Publicly recognise and reward organisations who succeed in achieving the Award;
• Promote good communication and improve the understanding of the work that Voluntary Action Orkney undertakes.

Throughout the process the aim will be to balance the high standard required for the Award with a supportive, user friendly, recording and assessment procedure.

In February of this year, The Orkney Folk Festival successfully completed a QV assessment and were presented with the Award at the Orkney Festivals Forum Day. Their success and commitment to volunteering was recognised and celebrated in The Orcadian.


If you are interested in working towards achieving this award/would like to find out more or have any questions then please contact Fraser Devine on 0185687 2897 or email

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