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Investing in resilience

31 Aug 2018 Ryan MillerNo Topics

Prevention is better than cure. When it comes to poor mental health, prevention can often mean resilience - but how can this be improved? Scope speaks with Action Mental Health about their efforts to do just that.

People power: how communities can take over public buildings

30 Aug 2018 Nick GarbuttNo Topics

Stevie McGirr of Development Trusts NI explains how community asset transfers work in advance of its conference on 19 September

Time to end this unfair tax break to help save Health?

30 Aug 2018 Nick GarbuttNo Topics

The health service desperately needs more money, with or without reform.

The Roughest Form of Justice

24 Aug 2018 Nick GarbuttNo Topics

Twenty years after the Good Friday Agreement so-called punishment beatings are on the rise.

Fighting back against violence

17 Aug 2018 Ryan MillerFunding, Social Policy, Sector Issues, Justice, Mental Health, Young People

Fight for Peace is working in Northern Irleand

A new report from the Big Lottery Fund makes a good effort at illustrating what prevention and early intervention actually mean, when it comes to reducing youth violence.

We deserve better: bringing power to the people

17 Aug 2018 Nick GarbuttNo Topics

On August 28 Northern Ireland will have gone 589 days without a government.

The Red Cross you might not know

10 Aug 2018 Ryan MillerSector Issues, Funding, Health, Education, Social Policy

As image concerns go, it's a bit different; the Red Cross is a world-famous organisation held in high esteem. However, most awareness concerns the work in the world's worst disaster zones. Their day to day is less spectacular but just as important.

Northern Ireland: a peace process in crisis

9 Aug 2018 Nick GarbuttPolicy; Peace Process

A coalition of peace builders in Northern Ireland is reaching out to the community and voluntary sector to help inject new life into a faltering process.

Justice is expensive

3 Aug 2018 Ryan MillerJustice, Equality, Social Policy

Legal aid reforms in England and Wales have posed problems for the DoJ here.

Local legal aid costs are very high. However, reforms in England and Wales highlight real problems of trying to reduce them effectively.

The crisis that will not go away: the scandal in the aid sector

1 Aug 2018 Nick GarbuttSector Issues, Charity Regulation

There is much more to the sexual exploitation and abuse scandal in the aid sector than the shocking headlines in the media this week suggest.

Democracy is changing

27 Jul 2018 Ryan MillerSocial Policy, Politics

Democracy is changing

Politics feels increasingly fractious, perhaps irrevocably broken. That is a blinkered view. The only thing that is certain is change, not ruin.

How to prepare for climate change

27 Jul 2018 Nick GarbuttEnvironment, Policy

A glorious summer has been soured by recent apocalyptic headlines about multiple future deaths as summer temperatures rise.

Modern media and self esteem

20 Jul 2018 Ryan MillerMental Health, Health, culture, Education, Social Policy

More young people are calling Childline due to eating disorders. Media can affect self esteem - but while it is fair to ask for certain standards from providers, it is more important to prepare young people for life in the digital age.

The true cost of poor housing: illness and death

20 Jul 2018 Nick GarbuttHealth, Housing, Social Policy

Good health is about much more than a good health service. There are many more factors that affect our well being than that.

A lifetime of Early Years

16 Jul 2018 Ryan MillerEducation, Health, Mental Health, Equality, Social Policy

Siobhan Fitzpatrick CBE, CEO of Early Years - the organisation for young people, was awarded an honorary doctorate by QUB last week. Scope talks with her about four decades of pioneering child development.

Brexit, the border and English nationalism

16 Jul 2018 Nick GarbuttNo Topics

Jacob Rees-Mogg debating at the Cambridge Union

It’s a few days before the Brexit crisis broke. A tall bespectacled Englishman wearing a double breasted suit is straddling the Irish border, speaking to Sky TV.

Children in NI face plenty of problems (part two)

5 Jul 2018 Ryan MillerSocial Policy, Health, Education, Mental Health, Welfare Reform, Justice

Koulla Yiasouma

The second half of our look at NICCY’s Statement on Children’s Rights in NI focuses on safeguarding – including protections from child sexual exploitation and bullying, and fair treatment for those subject to immigration control.

Just what the doctor ordered?

3 Jul 2018 Nick GarbuttHealth

Big Lottery has just announced a £3 million grant to a social prescribing project covering Northern Ireland and Scotland, Scope asks if its money well spent.

Children in NI face plenty of problems (part one)

29 Jun 2018 Ryan MillerSocial Policy, Health, Education, Mental Health, Welfare Reform

The Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People (NICCY) has just released a comprehensive report on the problems faced by local children right now. It deserves close attention.

Rough Justice: the failure of short prison sentences

28 Jun 2018 Nick GarbuttJustice, Social Policy

This week a government minister made an astonishing admission that should prompt debate about how we punish offenders for minor crimes.

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