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9th October 2017 Action on Elder Abuse Scotland's National Conference

Action on Elder Abuse Scotland national conference (in association with Scottish Care) Choice, Empowerment, Protection..... Can We Achieve Them All? A human-rights based approach to supporting, empowering & protecting older people 27th October 2017 Hilton Hotel, William Street, Glasgow. While the aims of Scotland’s unique adult support and protection framework are to identify, support and protect those at risk of harm or abuse, many practitioners still struggle with the tensions between individual autonomy and ‘state’ protection. Is it possible to support and protect adults at risk of harm, while ensuring choice and empowerment for the individual? For more information about the conference and booking read on.

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6th July 2017 Distress Brief Intervention website launched

The DBI Programme is an initiative which emerged from the Scottish Government's work on the Suicide Prevention and Mental Health strategies which showed that people in distress require improved co-ordination across agencies, quicker access to support and more consistency in the compassion they receive.

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8th June 2017 Scambusters Shetland

Help is at hand for anyone struggling with nuisance phone calls, or wanting to better protect themselves from the activities of scammers. Throughout next week, the Scambusters Shetland roadshow will be out and about with information on how to protect yourself and those around you from scams. They’ll have advice packs with helpful ideas about dealing with all kinds of scams, including reducing unwanted phone calls and junk mail, and members of the team will be very happy to talk with people about any specific issues.

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24th May 2017 Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry

The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry wants to hear from you - for more information follow this link.

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24th May 2017 Scottish Government Communication - Manchester Incident - Reassuring our Children and Young People

Following the recent distressing incident in Manchester, Shetland Child Protection Committee wanted to share some advice and support put out by NHS Scotland about coping with stress as it is recognised that parents and young people in Shetland will have been affected by these events. Please find listed below links to resources which may assist and provide help and support to our young people who may require assistance in coming to terms with the impact of yesterday’s tragic events: Click for more information

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11th April 2017 For Me by Childline

Wherever you are and whatever life throws at you, Childline is now easier to access than ever before. ‘For me’ is the brand new way to get advice and support on loads of topics – from issues that can play a big part in everyone’s life, like school and exam stress, through to extremely personal issues, such as self-harm and mental health. A new app that can be downloaded from the app store.

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21st March 2017 Change a Child's Life - Foster a Shetland Child

Are you someone special with room in your life, and your home? We'd like to hear from you if you are interested in fostering a local child or siblings in need. For more information click read more.

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21st March 2017 Rape Crisis Scotland launches #ijustfroze campaign

The #ijustfroze campaign aims to challenge common misconceptions that there is a right or wrong way for people to react during or after a rape. It is often assumed that when a person is raped they will scream or fight back. However, it is quite common for someone who is raped to react very differently. Many survivors describe freezing and feeling unable to move.

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26th February 2017 Keeping Children and Vulnerable Adults Safe in Shetland Sport

Shetland Islands Council’s Sport and Leisure Service and the Shetland Child Protection Committee are offering support to local clubs to ensure the safety of children and vulnerable adults taking part in local sport. Following the recent high profile news stories of alleged historical sexual abuse in football, a sample of clubs within Community Sports Hubs and within football were asked about their PVG membership rates for coaches within their club. This highlighted examples of good practice in the sector, but also a number of areas which can be improved, including the need for local clubs to review their own child protection processes and ensure they are carrying out PVG Scheme Updates, which are required when a person starts any new volunteering role which involves regulated work. It is also being recommended that club coaches and volunteers attend Safeguarding and Protecting Children Level 1 (SPC1) as part of their minimum standards for coaching.

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29th March 2016 NSPCC and O2 launch Net Aware app for parents

The NSPCC with O2 have launched a Net Aware guide as an app to support parents on the go and help them keep their children safe on the move. Please see screen shot of the page below which can be found at http://www.net-aware.org.uk/

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If you are concerned about someone’s welfare, please tell someone who can help.

These are the phone numbers:

Duty Social Work (for Children)
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm:
01595 744421

Duty Social Work (for Adults)
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm:
01595 744400

Outside office hours:
01595 695611

Police: 101

Children’s Reporter:
0300 200 2200