SWOP meeting 20th May

The next SWOP meeting will be held on the 20th May in Edinburgh at the National Library of Scotland at 2pm.

Items for discussion will be – introduction of  a SWOP manifesto – what SWOP can do for you!!

Establishing an Education sub group to look at all aspects of OP training and the best way of delivering it.

Producing a survey of members’ expertise.

What’s new from the Scottish Government and Parliament? 4th May

  • Economic Indicators (SPICe Briefing 10-28) – latest economic data such as UK inflation, unemployment levels, interest rates and house prices
  • Europe 2020 – Report from European and External Relations Committee (SP Paper 425). The EU 2020 strategy follows on from the Lisbon strategy and sets out a vision of the social market economy for Europe in the 21st century. This report details the Committee’s recommendations and conclusions to the Parliament.
  • Growing Up In Scotland: Children’s Social, Emotional, and Behavioural Characteristics at Entry to Primary School – Report based on the Growing Up In Scotland Survey, looking at which children are most likely to have emotional, social or behavioural difficulties at entry to primary school and to what extent are these early difficulties predicative of difficulties later in life 
  • Growing Up In Scotland: Health Inequalities in the Early Years – Report based on the Growing Up In Scotland Survey, which shows the extent of poor health in the early years
  • Growing Up In Scotland: Maternal Mental Health and its Impact on Child Behaviour and Development – Report based on the Growing Up In Scotland Survey, which was carried out with natural mothers when their baby was ten months old and then annually until the child was four years old. The report looks at poor maternal mental health, and the effect it has on a child’s development
  • Growing Up In Scotland: The Circumstances of Persistently Poor Children – Report based on the Growing Up In Scotland Survey, which shows how many and which children are persistently poor and what the long-term effect of this might be
  • Some recent items from the Scottish Government and Parliament

  • Draft National Guidance: Under-Age Sexual Activity – Meeting the needs of Children and Young People and Identifying Child Protection Concerns: Consultation – Consultation is open until 23rd July 2010. It is estimated that approx. 25-30% of children under the age of 16 engage in sexual activitity, not all of which should be treated as a child protection issue, but simply part of natural development. This consultation looks at ways to address the needs of children under either circumstance.
  • In-Court Mediation Pilot Projects – In-court mediation pilots ran in Sherriff Courts in Glasgow and Aberdeen between March 2006 and July 2008, an initiative followed through by the Scottish Government. This research on the projects was carried out by researchers at the University of Aberdeen Law School
  • Independent School Census, September 2009 – a National Statistics publication which covers independent primary, secondary and special schools
  • Racist Incidents Recorded by the Police in Scotland, 2004-05 to 2008-09 – statistical bulletin which presents data on number of racist incidents recorded by the eight police forces in Scotland in 2008-09
  • Unemployment (SPICe Briefing 10-26) – latest unemployment data for Scottish Parliamentary constituency areas. Highlights the best and worst performing areas over previous month.