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Childcare – a local problem
A lack of vision and direction means parents, providers and their staff, employers, the local economy – and, above all, children – are all missing out.
Secular disagreements and the risk of circular discussions
Northern Ireland - like much of the world - is becoming more secular. However, this means different things to different people, which makes the process more difficult.
Wellbeing - sounds great but what does it mean?
The Carnegie Trust has recently announced a £350,000 fund for “embedding wellbeing” in Northern Ireland. This sounds great. But what does it mean?
It's time for a grown up debate about how we pay for care
Scope editor Nick Garbutt argues that the time has now come for a full, mature and honest debate about how we pay for social care
Health reform: different places, same story
Our politicians have largely failed to progress health reform - due to problems mirrored elsewhere - but their absence does not really make things easier.
New collection of oral histories illuminates our troubled past
The Good Friday Agreement’s 20th anniversary has dominated the news this week – but Reflected Lives, a new oral history project, tells vital stories about where NI has come from and where it finds itself today.
The surreal partnership that reduces hospital pressures
Scope looks at a remarkable partnership between a health authority and a rugby club which supported a 7.2% reduction in local hospital admissions.
Older people: much achieved, so much more to do
Eileen Mullan, outgoing chair of AgeNI reflects on her nine years on the board, and outlines the remaining challenges for older people.
Hearing loss and GPs – missed appointments and misunderstandings
Why does the local health service have some astounding obstacles to helping people with hearing loss?
Major merger announced in NI third sector
War on Want NI has joined together with Self Help Africa, based in the Republic of Ireland, and people from both charities are enthusiastic about the future.
Facebook’s remarkable suicide prevention tool
In a week dominated by controversy about how our social media data is exploited Scope looks at how Facebook also uses data to save lives.
The Punishment Paradox
One of the most damaging public misconceptions in dealing with the perpetrators of crime is the notion that the more severe the punishment, the less likely the criminal is to offend.
The Agony of the artist: shocking report
A report just published into the mental health of people working in the creative sector is truly shocking and needs to be addressed.
Where now for equality?
Equality dominates local headlines and cut through a huge number of contentious issues in NI and throughout the world. But what does it mean, why is it a good thing, and how do we ensure its impact is as positive as possible?