The 2015/16 HIV Stigma Survey UK revealed that people living with HIV in Scotland continue to experience shocking levels of shame, blame and guilt because of their status. 

Four in ten described a negative self-image, with almost a quarter reporting suicidal thoughts. 

Experiences of stigma in health or social care settings were common; one in eight participants said they had avoided seeking care or support in the year prior to being surveyed, for fear of discrimination. To those of us who work in the HIV sector, these findings came as no surprise. 

Over the years we have seen massive leaps forward in the treatment, prevention and policies concerning HIV. 

Advances in anti-retroviral treatment mean that people with HIV can look forward to a normal life expectancy, secure in the knowledge that they cannot pass on the virus. 

New prevention technologies such as PEP and PrEP (pre and post-exposure prophylaxis) enable those most at risk of acquiring HIV to protect themselves better than ever before. 

Since 2010, HIV has been recognised as a disability under the Equalities Act, making it unlawful for employers and wider society to discriminate against people on the grounds of HIV status. 


Less than £4,000 a year is spent in Scotland on each child with additional support needs such as autism or learning disabilities.

Research carried out by a coalition of charities and children’s bodies has found that additional support for pupils with educational barriers has been cut by almost £500 or 11% since 2012.

Children who were previously educated outside of mainstream schools are now being included but they are not getting the specialist help they need, the organisations have said.

The Scottish Children’s Services Coalition (SCSC) has demanded the Scottish Government invest more in additional support needs (ASN) to ensure all pupils are able to achieve their potential in mainstream schools.

The call comes in its submission to a Scottish Government consultation on guidance on mainstreaming, the principle that all children and young people be educated in a mainstream school environment, unless exceptional circumstances apply.

The coalition cites the poor experience many children have in such an environment as clear evidence that more needs to be done if genuine inclusion is to be achieved.



The equivalent of a classroom full of children take up smoking in Scotland every day.

Research by Ash Scotland has revealed that 36 children start smoking cigarettes every day of the year.

The study also found that although smoking rates are declining, many young people are still starting - and those in deprived areas more likely to be smokers.

The research has been backed by Children in Scotland, with the charity’s chief executive Jackie Brock named as a champion of Scotland’s Charter for a Tobacco-free Generation.

Brock said: “In Scotland in 2018 a classroom full of children gets hooked on smoking every single day. It’s shocking to me that we accept that a choice made by someone as young as 13 or 14 to smoke just one or two cigarettes can lead to decades of addiction, expense and ill-health.

“The majority of adult smokers started before they were 18, and almost nobody starts smoking after 25. If we educate young people and help them stay off cigarettes, we can solve this problem for good.”


A mental health project which supports youngsters with long term physical conditions is set to be extended across Scotland.

Following a successful trial in Glasgow, the Ucan project will be made available to schools and other organisations throughout the country.

The initiative – led by the Mental Health Foundation – was created after research showed that a third of young people with long term conditions have mental health problems.

The foundation’s Rachel Hood said: "Long-term conditions like arthritis, spina bifida, epilepsy and diabetes can have a profound impact on children and young people's mental health.

“Young people with these conditions often become real experts in what they need physically by getting to know their bodies, but often we don't help them to think about what they need to stay mentally well.

“If we can support children to self-manage their mental health as well as their physical health we can prevent poor mental wellbeing in childhood and the emergence of mental health problems into adulthood.”


Following on from the recent ADP Commissioning process with awards being made, the ADP are looking to re-tender specifically for a Tier 2 Adult & Older Adults Service.  Please find attached the service specification and application form.

The maximum available is £22,500 and closing dates from applications is 1pm on Friday 9th March.

Should you have any questions regarding this, please contact:  

Katie Spence

ADP Co-ordinator

Orkney Alcohol & Drugs Partnership

Public Health Department

9 Victoria Street



KW15 1DN

Tel: 01856 888116




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