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Welcome to the Women, Children, Young People and Families (WCYPF) Programme.

This learning site will continue expanding and host a range of learning resources relevant to those working with women, children, young people and families.

Getting Ready for the UNCRC (Incorporation) (Scotland) Act 2024
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On Tuesday 16th of January 2024, Royal assent was granted for the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) Bill meaning it is now officially an Act. Most of its provisions will come into force on Tuesday 16th July 2024.  Every service within the NHS has a responsibility to uphold children’s rights, including services that don’t normally work directly with babies, children and young people and other services within NHS Boards.  

Full details can be found on the new Children's Rights (UNCRC) resources page, where you can access useful resources which include the UNCRC eLearning module, presentations from recent UNCRC webinars and awareness sessions, along with the UNCRC newsletter.

School Nursing and Health Visiting - Regional Learning Events (November 2023)
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WCYPF are delighted to share the resources from the School Nursing and Health Visitor Regional Learning Events, which were hosted online in November 2023.

To access copies of the key presentations and spotlight presentations, please visit the School Nursing and Health Visiting Regional Road Show page.

The page will be available until the end of December 2024 and if you have any question's, please contact

The Midwifery Workforce and Education Review for Scotland - March 2021

Providing a series of recommendations, the Midwifery Workforce and Education Review for Scotland (commissioned by the Chief Nursing Officer Directorate of the Scottish Government, and published by NHS Education for Scotland) is a review of national midwifery workforce and pre-registration education requirements, to ensure that Scotland has the right midwifery workforce, in the right place, with the right skills and competencies to support current and future service reform and sustainability.

Embedding Trauma Informed Care within Maternity Services in Scotland

The overarching aim of this project was to provide evidence-based recommendations on what further support is needed to enable all staff working in maternity services to be trauma informed and appropriately responsive to women and families who have experienced trauma, including adverse childhood experiences (ACEs).

Full resources and reports are available at the Embedding Trauma Informed Care within Maternity Services in Scotland page.

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The Women, Children, Young People and Families programme is part of the Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions (NMAHP) Directorate at NHS Education for Scotland and our work includes a wide range of education, training and resources for health and care colleagues in Scotland.  To keep you updated, we produce a programme newsletter a few times during the year, which can be accessed below.

Maternal Mental Health

These modules describe mental health problems in pregnancy and the post-natal period, the impact on the woman, her infant, partner and family life. The importance of early intervention and risk assessment, and how to optimise mental health, including understanding care pathways and management strategies.

Webinar Mailing List

To sign up for to our webinar mailing list, where you can receive information on future online webinars and registration links direct to your mail box, visit the Webinar Mailing List page.