With the country in the midst of another lockdown, schools closed and parents working from home, many families are spending a lot of time together.
At the beginning of 2021, many of us will embark on New Year’s resolutions, perhaps getting some exercise, giving up a guilty pleasure, or spending more time doing the things you love. But this January, the NSPCC is asking you to commit to one more resolution. If you can spare some time and energy, please help us make 2021 a better year for children across Scotland.
As a volunteer counsellor at Childline Aberdeen, I know only too well how children’s lives have been impacted this year.
Wayne Rooney’s foundation has made a £30,000 donation to fund the children’s service Childline on Christmas Day.
Referrals from a helpline about child abuse have risen more than 50% in Scotland since the coronavirus lockdown in March, new figures indicate.
For many people, Christmas is a time to celebrate and spend time with family.
Last month, when the new law giving children the same protection from physical assault as adults came into force in Scotland, we took a historic step forward in making it a country where children’s rights are fully recognised, respected and fulfilled.
Recorded offences involving child cruelty and neglect have risen by more than half in three years, according to analysis of police figures.
Almost 700 cases of child cruelty and neglect were recorded by Police Scotland last year, with a children’s charity warning youngsters could be at risk over Christmas.
Losing a loved one is a heartbreaking experience that sadly more of us than usual have had to face this year due to the global pandemic.
A leading children's charity has pleaded for people in Aberdeen to volunteer as counsellors.
We know that bullying can have a huge impact on children and young people’s mental and physical wellbeing. It can leave them with feelings of depression and anxiety, cause them to socially withdraw, and even lead them to have suicidal thoughts.
Stricter online protection laws must be introduced after online grooming rose by nearly a third during the Covid-19 lockdown, according to a children’s charity.
Many children at some point in their lives feel like they don’t fit in and that they are different from other people.
Childline has received almost 2,500 calls from young people in Scotland struggling with their mental health so far during lockdown.
Online gaming is a huge part of many children’s lives. It’s a great way for them to be entertained, creative and connect with friends, especially as we’re coming into the winter months and spend more time indoors.
As the country marks Black History Month, it is a good time for parents and carers to start conversations with their children about race, diversity and inclusivity.
At the weekend we marked World Mental Health Day and this year’s theme was “mental health for all”, which seemed particularly pertinent with the adverse impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on so many.
At NSPCC Scotland we have continued to be here for children throughout this pandemic.
Last year, Childline held almost 200 counselling sessions with children and young people in Scotland about child sexual exploitation.
We’re all spending more time online at the moment.
We know that as children and young people develop and grow through their teens, it’s natural that they will become curious about topics such as relationships and sex.
North-east charity manager ‘deeply concerned’ over vulnerable children abused or neglected in their homes
We know that the shockwaves of the coronavirus pandemic have been difficult for many people in different ways, and we want to make it clear that as we move from crisis to recovery, we’re still here for children.
As a volunteer for the NSPCC’s Childline service, I have seen first-hand how lockdown has impacted a generation of children.
A north-east woman is to take on her own version of the kiltwalk this weekend to raise money for NSPCC Scotland.
Usually during August as primary school children return to full time education in Scotland, in the schools service team we are busy preparing for the visits we will make over the coming academic year.
We know that going back to school after the long summer break can make many children feel anxious, and that is even more likely this year with them having spent months away from school and having lived through lockdown.
For many young people, receiving exam results can be a stressful time.
From a very early age, we talk to our children about topics that make them aware of safety, such as crossing the road and dealing with strangers.
In more than a third of the counselling sessions we have held with children in Scotland over the past few months, we have heard about struggles with mental and emotional health.