This article, written by Katie Macleod, was first published in EVENTS newspaper (available at www.hebevents.com) on 08/02/2018 

For disadvantaged children, receiving the right support can help them fulfil their potential, and even change their lives. 

In the Western Isles, part of this support comes from the Children’s Services Partnership Group, comprised of Comhaire nan Eilean Siar’s Children’s Services and representatives from Action for Children, Western Isles Foyer, and Harmeny Education Trust.

This article, written by Katie Macleod, was first published in EVENTS newspaper (available at www.hebevents.com) on 08/02/2018

Last month saw a series of events held in secondary schools throughout the Western Isles to introduce the options available to pupils in 4th-6th year. 

The Parental Engagement Sessions took place between 22nd-25th January, and provided parents with details on what will be on offer for young people in the 2018 school year and beyond.

This article, written by Katie Macleod, was first published in EVENTS newspaper (available at www.hebevents.com) on 08/02/2018

E-Sgoil, the digital learning service from Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s Education and Children’s Services Department, has grown exponentially since its launch in 2016, and now delivers online teaching across Scotland as well as throughout the Western Isles.

One milestone was the opening of a second e-Sgoil hub in Carinish in North Uist, which was formally opened in August 2017 by Deputy First Minister John Swinney, and it has recently seen the addition of a second full-time member of staff, as well as a Heritage Modern Apprentice.

This article, written by Katie Macleod, was first published in EVENTS newspaper (available at www.hebevents.com) on 11/01/2018

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s Education and Children’s Services Department rounded off 2017 with the final meeting of the year of the Education, Sport, and Children’s Services Committee.

At the December 5th meeting, a number of topics were discussed across a variety of themes, covering performance management, leisure and learning, children’s services, and educational provision. 

This article, written by Katie Macleod, was first published in EVENTS newspaper (available at www.hebevents.com) on 05/04/2018

National Care Day, hosted on 16th February by Who Cares? Scotland, is an annual celebration of the success of children and young people with care experience.  In the Western Isles this year, though, the celebrations were held later than usual, on the 22nd – and they were a little bit different, too.

Who Cares? Scotland is a national independent advocacy and membership organisation that works with care-experienced young people in a range of different ways.  Jeananne, Participation Assistant at the office in Stornoway, grew up in care, and as a teenager had difficult encounters with the criminal justice system, including time spent in custody.