Children and families will benefit from £3 million in funding to deliver community-based out-of-school care, Communities Secretary Aileen Campbell has revealed.

The announcement comes ahead of a parliamentary statement this week on tackling child poverty. The new Access to Childcare Fund will provide equal opportunities for children to benefit from play-based experiences which can often be out of reach for families on low incomes.

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Children in Scotland has launched their Children and Young People's Evidence Bank website.

The Evidence Bank was originally developed by Children in Scotland as an internal resource to directly capture the voices of children and young people on a range of diverse subjects, recorded during our Participation and Engagement and project work.

But thanks to supportive discussions with the Corra Foundation and funding from the National Third Sector GIRFEC Project, it is now an online resource that practitioners and researchers across Scotland and beyond can use.

More information from https://tinyurl.com/y2gsluuq

The site can be accessed here: https://evidencebank.org.uk/

Young people with learning difficulties now have access to an app to advise on safety and sexual health.

CKUK Common Knowledge and Scottish Drug Forum have launched Be Safe Have Fun - the first sexual health and safety app developed exclusively for young people age with autism and learning difficulties.

The new app is an accessible learning tool that guides young people over the age of 14 to ask themselves some questions before they get involved in any sexual activity.

The motivation for the app stems from a gap in many young people with autism and/or learning difficulties’ knowledge or understanding of issues relating to both sexual health and consent.

The app is fully accessible and has text to speech, videos and photographs featuring young CKUK volunteers, quizzes and is full of good advice about staying safe around the laws concerning sexual health and consent.


More information from Third Force News at https://tinyurl.com/y5xs8sos

The consultation on section 38 of the Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Scotland) Act 2015; duty to notify and provide information about victims, is now open.  The consultation will close on Friday 06 September 2019. 

You can access the consultation by following the link below:

https://consult.gov.scot/justice/duty-to-notify-and-provide-information

Events are being held to hear directly from organisations that are named in the consultation paper and other interested parties on Scottish Government proposals.  Three events are now live and can be booked through Eventbrite.  Other events are being planned in Aberdeen, Dumfries and Stirling during August 2019, further details and a registration link will be emailed over the next week or so. 

 Glasgow 27 June 2019 - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/human-trafficking-consultation-events-tickets-63371000368

Edinburgh 05 July 2019 - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/human-trafficking-duty-to-notify-consultation-event-tickets-63534619758

Inverness 27 August 2019 - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/human-trafficking-duty-to-notify-consultation-event-tickets-63534598695

 

Trafficking and Exploitation Strategy – Second Annual Progress Report was published on 16 June 2019.  This is available online and can be accessed by following the link below

www.gov.scot/isbn/9781787818224/

An article written to provide some easy steps for organisations to prepare for digital tax filing

 

The Government launched new tax rules earlier this year. Called Making Tax Digital (MTD), the legislation currently applies to businesses making over 85k in taxable turnover. Charities have been given a later deadline of October to get ready.

Making Tax Digital is part of the Government’s vision to create a truly digital Britain. So it’s important the charitable sector gets up-to-speed with the latest technologies to ensure it doesn’t get left behind.

Full details available here 

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