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Equal Opportunities Committee takes evidence on FGM, 05/06/14 [S]
During its meeting of 5 June 2014 the Scottish Parliament Equal Opportunities Committee took evidence on Female Genital Mutilation.

The meaning of online problematic situations for children: results of qualitative cross-cultural investigation in nine European
This report from EU Kids Online advises that sensationalist coverage of online risks such as cyberbullying or the dangers of meeting an online ‘friend’ offline, may be acting as a barrier to effectively educating children on e-safety.

Policy influences and country clusters: a comparative analysis of internet safety policy implementation, 23/05/14 [E/NI/S/W]
EU Kids Online has developed a four cluster classification of 25 European countries based on the activities undertaken, the exposure to risk and harm, and type of internet safety mediation experienced by young people across Europe.

National Guidance for Child Protection in Scotland 2014. Additional notes for practitioners: protecting disabled children from a
The Scottish Government has published practice notes are for all practitioners including those working in: children and family social work; health; education; residential care; early years; youth services; youth justice; police; independent and third sector; and adult services who might be supporting parents with disabled children or involved in the transition between child and adult services.

Sign up to Child Rescue Alert text scheme, Home Secretary urges, 21/05/14 [E/NI/S/W]
Ahead of International Missing Children’s Day, Theresa May has urged people to get behind a new text message service that will send out information appeals as soon as a child is reported missing.

Beyond `stranger danger’: teaching children about staying safe from stranger child abduction, 21/05/14 [E/NI/S/W]
This report from Parent and Abducted Children Together finds no definition of ‘stranger danger’. It is simply a slogan for child safety strategies which focus on teaching children to recognise a stranger, and to not talk to, or go with, or take things from them.

Ending female genital mutilation: where do we stand in Europe?, 20/05/14 [E/NI/S/W]
This report provides an update on the European situation in relation to the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM).

National Guidance for Child Protection in Scotland, 19/05/14 [S]
The Scottish Government has published National Guidance for Child Protection in Scotland was was originally published in 2010 and refreshed in 2014 to ensure that it remains relevant and up to date for local agencies and practitioners working together to safeguard and promote the wellbeing of children.

Internet safety campaign launches, 13/05/14 [E/NI/S/W]
Communications Minister Ed Vaizey has welcomed the launch of Internet Matters, a joint internet safety campaign by the four main Internet Service Providers.

Child Abuse Debate, 30/04/14 [S]
Debate in the Scottish Parliament on 30 April 2014 on historic institutional child abuse. The debate was opened by Graeme Pearson (Lab).