Getting it Right for Every Child – amended policy update

The Getting it right for every child policy update document on 28 July. This has now been uploaded to the Scottish Government website for ease of access and it includes a few corrected typos.

You can view the updated version of the Policy Update on the website here or available to download here 

 If the previous document has been upload to your website, or it has been further disseminated, we would be grateful if you could please replace it with the updated version. We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused.


Real Face of Child Poverty Annual Bullying Survey Survey of harassment or bullying online

The Real Face of Child Poverty 2017

This report sets out to investigate the current reality of living on low incomes in the UK today. It highlights the changing profile of those that are disadvantaged and the level of insecurity and uncertainty that they face, backed up by data and analysis collected by Buttle UK.

Download the full report here.

Download the Executive Summary only here.

The Annual Bullying Survey 2017

The Annual Bullying Survey 2017, is the fifth and largest edition of the yearly benchmark of bullying in the United Kingdom. Ditch the Label surveyed over 10,000 young people aged 12-20 in partnership with schools and colleges from across the country.

This free report has thousands of the latest bullying statistics and fully explores the reasons why young people bully others. Included in the report is the following:

  • Key bullying statistics in the UK.
    • The motivations of bullying.
    • Frequency and nature of bullying experienced.
    • The impact of bullying.
    • Rates of young people bullying others.
    • The extent and climate of cyberbullying and abuse online.
    • What it’s really like to grow up in a digital world.
    • Social media trends, bullying and addiction.
    • Recommendations.
    • Real stories and experiences.

The report also comes with tips and advice for schools, colleges, practitioners, parents/guardians and young people.

Read more.

Almost half of girls aged 11-18 have experienced harassment or bullying online

Nearly half (48%) of girls aged 11-18 in the UK have experienced some form of harassment or abuse on social media, a new survey has found, while nearly three quarters (73%) have taken specific actions to avoid being criticised online.

The findings, based on a survey commissioned by girls’ rights charity Plan International UK, have prompted fears that girls are being forced to withdraw from social media due to fear of criticism, harassment or abuse. The charity today launches the #girlsbelonghere campaign to tackle the problem.

Boys are significantly less likely than girls to experience abuse, with 40% reporting a negative experience. They are also less likely (59%) to take evasive actions to avoid being criticised such as refraining from posting on social media or holding back their opinions.

The survey, in which research agency Opinium spoke to 1,002 young people aged 11-18, suggests that while at times it can be an inspiring and empowering space, the online world can also feel isolating and threatening – especially for girls and young women.

Read more.

Quality Volunteering Award 2017


Quality Volunteering Award 2017


VAO will be delivering their Quality Volunteering Award once again in 2017, and are looking for local groups and organisations who involve volunteers in their work, who may want to work towards achieving it. This quality standard enables organisations to comprehensively review their volunteer management, policies and procedures and once awarded, allows them to publicly demonstrate their commitment to volunteering and volunteer management. This award is available for all groups and organisation across all sectors.

The aims of the Award are to:

• Encourage and establish good practice amongst volunteer engaging organisations;
• Provide support, information and advice to organisations who wish to meet the standards;
• Ensure that volunteers and volunteer involving organisations are being given the support they need.
• Publicly recognise and reward organisations who succeed in achieving the Award;
• Promote good communication and improve the understanding of the work that Voluntary Action Orkney undertakes.

Throughout the process the aim will be to balance the high standard required for the Award with a supportive, user friendly, recording and assessment procedure.

In February of this year, The Orkney Folk Festival successfully completed a QV assessment and were presented with the Award at the Orkney Festivals Forum Day. Their success and commitment to volunteering was recognised and celebrated in The Orcadian.


If you are interested in working towards achieving this award/would like to find out more or have any questions then please contact Fraser Devine on 0185687 2897 or email

Poverty and Disadvantage Factors that Affect Children and Young People in Orkney

Voluntary Action Orkney (VAO) is Orkney’s Third Sector Interface delivering a range of consultative and practical services to support and develop community, voluntary, social enterprise and volunteering activities – the Third Sector.  In addition VAO ensures that third sector interests are represented in a range of partnerships.

In collaboration with The Orkney Childcare and Young People’s Partnership VAO is seeking to commission a study to:

  • Identify what poverty and disadvantage means to children and young people living in all areas of Orkney
  • Determine how providers of services to children, young people and families can act to mitigate any adverse impact associated with growing up in Orkney.

Whilst there is a wide body of relevant research on this topic the study should focus specifically on the identification of the most prominent poverty and disadvantage factors that affect children and young people in Orkney.

It is expected that the successful tenderer will have experience of the unique environment within Orkney and will have a successful track record in the delivery of high quality results.

Copies of the brief should be requested from

Expressions of interest should be submitted by 5.00 pm Friday 18th August 2017 and proposals should be submitted by 5.00 pm Monday 4th September 2017 to Gail Anderson, Chief Executive, Voluntary Action Orkney, Anchor Buildings, 6 Bridge Street, Kirkwall, KW15 1HR.

For more information please contact Gail Anderson at or 01856 872897.

Community share scheme set to continue after success

A funding scheme supporting communities to own local assets is to continue after three years of success.  
Development Trusts Association Scotland (DTA Scotland) has been given the green light to continue to operate its Community Shares Scotland programme for a further three year period after being given over £800,000 from the Scottish Government and Big Lottery Fund Scotland.
Community Shares is a mechanism for raising finance and social investment and has supported well-known community ventures like the community buy-out of Portpatrick Harbour and the Glenwyvis Distillery project.
So far it has provided direct support to 88 community groups and organisations, completed 14 separated share offers and helped raise over £8 million in share capital.
Read more here

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