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The Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance newsletter September 2005

The Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance (SIAA) promotes, supports and defends the principles and practice of independent advocacy across Scotland. This newsletter provides an update on the progress of the SIAA and includes information about the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000, as well as the International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership Exchange, which looked at advocacy, recovery and peer support. There are also details about a forensic mental health initiative which develops services for Mentally Disordered Offenders.

Effective interventions unit: integrated care pathways guide 1 - definitions and concepts

First in a series of guides on developing and implementing Integrated Care Pathways (ICPs). While ICPs have been developed within health settings, there is a growing interest in their development across a range of treatment and social care settings to ensure that a co-ordinated, quality service is provided over the full continuum of care. Care pathways are designed to minimise delays, make best use of resources, and maximise quality of care.

This guide examines when and how integrated care pathways can be used to provide better care for people with drug problems.

Exploring beliefs and values

This exercise is designed to prompt participants to ‘surface’ the beliefs and values that underlie their reactions to the situations that children are in. This exercise is usually carried out with a large group split into smaller groups of 4 – 5 people. It lasts approximately 90 minutes.

The personalisation agenda: implications for work and employment

Report that examines the principles of personalisation and considers some of the likely consequences and emergent issues in terms of changes in the nature of work, particularly focusing on likely workforce development challenges in terms of the provision of appropriate skills to support the personalisation agenda.

Listening as a way of life: listening and responding to young children's views on food

This resource looks at how establishing links between food and learning supports the holistic philosophy of early years practitioners and how listening to young children is a core function of working with children and supporting their development and understanding.

What is dementia?

The Alzheimer's Society is the UK's leading care and research charity for people with dementia, their families and carers. They produce information and advice sheets to support those affected by dementia. This information sheet aims to answer questions of those who have been diagnosed with dementia.

Human rights: improving public service delivery

This report, created by the Audit Commission, looks at how the Human Rights Act can help to improve public services, as it seeks to ensure the delivery of quality services that meet the needs of individual service users.

The report highlights that not only has the Act increased public service providers’ awareness of the rights of the individual, but it has also meant an increased risk of legal challenge by service users.

National AIDS Trust : useful contacts

This information sheet provides the contact details of organisations who support people living with HIV and AIDS.

Scotland’s action programme to reduce youth crime 2002

Action programme aimed at children and young people up to the age of 16 who are offending and at those 17 year olds who are under a statutory supervision requirement. It recognises the need for a more integrated approach between the youth justice and adult criminal justice systems. This report sets out proposals to identify the first steps in achieving this.

Parental substance misuse and the effects on children

This guidance has been developed for practitioners in Newcastle working with children and families and/or adults who have care of children where substance misuse is a factor, which affects their lives. It has been produced in response to the increasing problem of substance misuse and particularly the rising number of children who are referred into the child protection arena due to parental substance misuse.