Holyrood Magazine issue 371 / 21 November 2016

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Child Protection: including an interview with Mark McDonald, Scotland’s Minister for Childcare and Early Years, comment from First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, and features looking at the care system and the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry. Also, Holyrood baby Kirsty turns six months old, with comment from Dr Christine Puckering, Dr Gary Clapton and Clare Simpson.


3 Editor’s note

The SNP may well be a victim of its own success but that’s no excuse for retreating into tired old mantras about political cycles. It needs to look to itself and how it is operating


6  Roundup

Pictures and numbers from the past two weeks


7 Talking Point

What does Donald Trump’s election mean for climate change?


9 Digital Highlights

The best of Twitter and Holyrood’s online content


12 Political Spotlight

Is Scotland ready for more international powers?


15   Overview:  Child Protection

Nicola Sturgeon’s review of services for looked-after children is just one in a long line of such reviews of the care system


22  Comment: Nicola Sturgeon

The First Minister lays out her ambitions for the Scottish Government’s care review


24  Interview: Mark McDonald

Scotland’s Minister for Childcare and Early Years on the importance of family


30  Comment:  An experience of care

A first-hand account of what it’s like to grow up in care


34  #holyroodbaby:  Kirsty at 6 months

The Holyrood baby is six months old and developing relationships that will shape her future into adulthood


40 Event Report

The key themes from this year’s SOCITM Scotland digital conference


42 Comment

Dani Garavelli: Why we need more female special advisers in Scotland


43 Inbox

Responses to a League Against Cruel Sports’ article on snares


44 Diary

Oysters injuries, getting away from Trump, indycamp and child labour


45 On the Desk

Labour leader and Lothian MSP Kezia Dugdale asks ‘what would George do?’


46 Last Word

Liam Kirkaldy: In all the confusion over Donald Trump’s election, it’s weird no one has asked Kilroy what he thinks

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