World Suicide Prevention Day – 10th September 2017

Last year businesses and community groups took part in this event in Stromness and Kirkwall, by lighting a battery operated candle in their window over night on that date. Please consider showing your support for those left behind and in memory of those gone.

What is World Suicide Prevention day?
World Suicide Prevention Day is held each year on 10 September. It's an annual awareness raising event organised by International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and the World Health Organisation (WHO).
This year's theme is about connecting with others and letting people know that #ITSOKAYTOTALK.
Why is it important?
More than 800,000 people take their lives each year across the world. In the UK and ROI, more than 6,000 people die by suicide a year - an average of 18 a day.
Reaching out to people who are going through a difficult time can be a game changer. People who are feeling low or suicidal often feel worthless and think that no-one cares. Small things like hearing from friends or family, feeling listened to or just being told that 'it's ok to talk' can make a huge difference.
What you can do
Start a conversation today if you think a friend, colleague or family member may be struggling. You can also join us on Twitter to spread the word.
When a person reaches a point where they are focused on taking their life, they’ve often lost sight of trying to find a way through their problems. This period usually only lasts a short while and often it doesn’t take a huge amount to bring someone back from that decision – something as simple as saying, ‘it's ok to talk’ can be enough to move someone out of suicidal crisis.
How can people reach out?
It can be daunting to approach someone who is struggling to cope; you may not know what to say, how to start a difficult conversation or worry that you'll make things worse. However, you don’t need to be an expert. Often, just asking if someone's OK and letting them know you're listening can give people the confidence to open up about how they're feeling.
Other sources of information
Samaritans is here round the clock every single day for the year for anyone struggling to cope. If you're worried about someone, or would like emotional support yourself, please get in touch.
• Other sources of help
• Worried about someone?
• How to start a difficult conversation
• Having a conversation in person
• Supporting someone online
Share with your network
Share this with your friends and followers on Facebook and Twitter.

Erasmus+ information workshops: international funding for the community sector

YouthLink Scotland and Xchange Scotland are currently running a project until the end of the year to promote Erasmus+ funding and opportunities. Funded by the European Commission with its representation in the UK, Erasmus+ funding can offer placements for young people in the community to work and live internationally, to take part in youth exchanges, or for community workers, volunteers and youth workers to take part in funded international mobility training where they can share best practice in CLD internationally at conferences and workshops across Europe.

Xchange Scotland and YouthLink Scotland will be offering free workshops, awareness raising presentations and applicant support in advance of the October 2017 and February 2018 application deadlines.

They also have 2 upcoming workshops in Glasgow and Edinburgh (free of charge) available to organisations in the third sector. You can sign up via Eventbrite here



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.


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.


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.

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