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Northern Ireland is failing children with special educational needs
The Covid-19 pandemic has drawn attention away from the ongoing crisis of SEN provision in the education system. There is no easy fix.
Childcare is infrastructure - investment is essential
The Executive has plenty on its plate but now is the time to look at childcare in Northern Ireland.
Now is the time to take on loneliness
Covid-19 risks an increase in loneliness. It also makes loneliness much more difficult to tackle. We have to think of ways to work against these problems – especially with Northern Ireland at risk of a coronavirus second wave.
Poverty makes us sick: time to tackle health inequality
If we’ve learned anything from the pandemic, surely it is that there is nothing more important than our health and wellbeing.
Covid-19 is a global emergency and a local one
It’s Red Cross Week, and Scope speaks to the organisation here in Northern Ireland about how it has had to transform its work to tackle the pandemic.
To protect vulnerable people during the pandemic, massive change is possible
Older people are perhaps affected more than any other group by Covid-19, directly and indirectly. Scope speaks with Age NI about the needs of our older population, and how they changed their service model almost overnight.
One of the worst consequences of lockdown is an increase in domestic abuse
Frontline charity workers who work to tackle violence and other abusive behaviour in the home have been designated key workers during the coronavirus outbreak.
Social security should be reasonable and sympathetic - but it is not
Universal Credit administration takes a hard line, even with measures that are supposed to make allowances for people in difficulty. Work from Advice NI has exposed another fault line in the system, leaving vulnerable people in hardship.
Northern Irish health staff sign letter demanding tighter coronavirus controls
Hundreds of health officials have already signed up to the open letter calling for Stormont to implement major social distancing measures immediately.
Northern Ireland needs a Programme for Government that’s fit for the future
If we want to cut our cloth as best as possible for the short- and long-term, the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals might be a good place to start.
A changing world is daunting for parents
We look at Parenting NI’s second annual Big Parenting Survey, which explored concerns about tech – and asked parents about their hopes for their children.
Time to crack down on the gambling industry
A consultation on reforming Northern Ireland’s hopelessly outdated gambling laws has just closed.
More than a good start
Sure Start is two decades old but still going strong. Scope takes a look at a long-running programme that has managed to stay fresh.
Reductive politics is on collision course with reality
It wasn’t just election week, it was Brexit election week. Or was it? And what about the Stormont talks? Voters are more subtle than politicians and we stand at a policy crossroads. Without fixes there could be enormous public anger.