Police call-handling performance has continued to improve over the past year, a new report by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland (HMICS) has found.
ChildLine Needs You
NSPCC Scotland is calling on people across the country to become Volunteer Heroes during Volunteers' Week, which starts on Saturday.
The charity needs new people to help deliver its ChildLine Schools Service to primary schools throughout Scotland.
The ChildLine Schools Service aims to help younger children's understanding of abuse and how they can stay safe. By using assemblies and workshops delivered by trained volunteers, ChildLine helps children recognise situations where they may need help and tells them how to access support.
ChildLine is run by the NSPCC and currently has more than 10,000 volunteers.
ChildLine Schools Service manager for Scotland, Shaun Friel, said; ''Our volunteers really are heroes to us and more importantly to the children that we work to protect, and so we wanted to celebrate them and the fantastic things that they do to make our work with vulnerable children possible. The support of volunteers is vital for the ChildLine Schools Service and we would like to appeal to local people to get in touch with us to find out more.
''Even if you're not able to become a Schools Service volunteer, but you can spare maybe an hour a month, or even just one day to help the NSPCC, we would love to hear from you. We have numerous volunteering opportunities ranging from helping at a collection in your local shopping centre, to taking part in one of our exciting events – however you can help, please do get in touch.''
Masked armed robbers have made off with a five-figure sum of cash after swooping on a security van in a night-time raid.
Drop-off charges are to be introduced at one of Scotland's busiest airports as part of plans for a new multi-million pound facility.
Officials are ''optimistic'' that the £1.35 billion Queensferry Crossing will never have to close as a result of wind-shielding being fitted during the project.
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