briefing paper

Discussion paper on scrutiny in the public sector and whether regulation bodies are effective in ensuring public services are meeting the needs of users.

Briefing paper providing a snapshot of child poverty in Scotland. Ways of measuring child poverty are described and figures given for the numbers of children living in poverty.

Causes and effects of child poverty as well as the policy responses of government at UK and Scottish level are also considered.

This briefing paper covers current literature and theory on racially motivated and hate crimes, the legal response to race and hate crimes, community responses to racially motivated crime and the implications for Scottish social policy.

UK Government Command Paper responding to the conclusions and recommendations of the Health Committee's report into NHS Foundation Trusts and Monitor published on 17 October 2008.

Paper looking at the challenges facing professionals in health and social care in dealing with service users with dual diagnosis, the co-existence of substance misuse and mental health problems.

Briefing paper intended as an introduction to personality disorder for those working in the criminal justice system. It dispels some of the myths and provides some factual information about this area.

Paper intended to help service managers facilitate the process of managing change. It provides a short summary of the evidence relating to different approaches to managing change and indicates where managers can find further information.

Paper giving an overview of the main lessons learned from a study of two existing networks and partnerships in health and social services, Managed Clinical Networks and Health Action Zones. The issues raised are examined with a view to establishing the potential for identifying best practice for partnership working.

Briefing paper giving an overview of social work services in Scotland including an outline of the legislative framework governing social work services, key policy themes and the organisation and funding of social work services.

The current economic climate presents major challenges for Scotland and, in particular, for the health improvement drive where the need for action has rarely been greater. Consequently, there has never been a more important time for politicians and policy makers to look at ways in which they can best harness the energies that exist in Scotland’s communities. This document examines some of the initiatives undertaken by various community-led and voluntary sector groups.