A record number of women died drug related deaths in 2021, according to new figures.
Youth justice needs a radical overhaul to stop the system from failing Scottish children by sending them to prison, it has been claimed.
Scottish local authorities are continuing to use “traumatising and humiliating” restraint methods on children as young as five in residential care, almost two years after signing up to keep The Promise - an agreement published following the Care Review - to abolish it.
Campaigners are calling for Scotland to keep its "promise" to ensure those in care grow up"loved, safe and respected" as figures show a record number of young people died last year.
The number of child protection investigations rose by a third within two years, data has revealed, though figures for those placed on the child protection register stayed static.
Kinship carers – relatives who look after children when their birth parents cannot – have criticised a decision to hand the contract for a vital helpline and support service to national adoption and fostering organisations.