Warning over children in poverty
Emergency measures to protect Scotland’s most vulnerable children from abuse, hunger and neglect during the Covid-19 crisis are failing and must be urgently reviewed by the government, Scotland’s children and young people’s commissioner has warned.
Bruce Adamson says it has become clear that services like free meals and school hubs are inadequate and too often ineffective for the most at-risk youngsters.
And he wants more direct financial support for families and better co-ordination and oversight from the government.
“We are facing one of the biggest challenges we have ever faced, particularly in relation to children and human rights,” he tells Good Morning Scotland.
“Teachers and social workers are doing an amazing job, but they are under pressure themselves, having to shield or self-isolate, and we are seeing a very low uptake of families using the community support hubs. We need to do much better at getting to these families that need the most support.”