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The purpose of this report is to provide a literature review on desistance from crime which is intended to open up suggested lines of enquiry which the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) might then pursue in its policy programme - specifically its emerging work on offender engagement.

The Scottish Consortium on Crime and Criminal Justice and the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research held a seminar in Glasgow on 23rd February 2010, to discuss the community payback order, which has been proposed by the Scottish Government in the Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Bill. The purpose of the seminar was to clarify the intentions behind the proposed new Scottish Order; how its success would be judged; and how it could be made both effective and acceptable, to sentencers, to the press and to the public.

The current Gender Equality Duty requires Scottish Ministers to set out priority areas that they have identified across the functions and activities relevant to Scottish public authorities and then provide an overview of progress in these priority areas by 1 July 2010. Scottish Ministers agreed two priority areas, namely: tackling violence against women and occupational segregation. This paper presents the main findings of a review of key evidence and national policies relating to tackling violence against women.

This report surveys the history of ‘community and mutual ownership’ and considers the implications for policy and practice in this area. Policy-makers have identified that community and mutual ownership can make a significant contribution to the economy, welfare and society more generally. A historical analysis of social change can inform contemporary understanding, policy and practice.

Bulletin that presents statistics on crimes and offences recorded and cleared up by the eight Scottish police forces in 2009-10. It forms part of the Scottish Government series of statistical bulletins on the criminal justice system. Statistics on crimes and offences recorded by the police provide a measure of the volume of crime with which the police are faced.

Audit that examined how effectively councils use their resources on residential placements for their looked-after children and identified areas for improvement. Audit Scotland's work complements the Scottish Government’s strategic review of residential child care services in Scotland, conducted by the National Residential Child Care Initiative (NRCCI).

There are widespread assumptions about the potentially beneficial impact of short breaks on family carers and disabled children, including reduced carer stress and an increased capacity for family carers to continue caring, and increased child enjoyment of a wider range of social opportunities. This review aims to systematically evaluate the existing international research evidence concerning the impact of short breaks, to determine where there is robust evidence for the impact of short breaks on families with a disabled child and where more evidence is needed.

The study was funded by The Big Lottery and was conducted on a partnership basis by CHILDREN 1ST (who had overall management responsibility) and the Glasgow Centre for the Child & Society, University of Strathclyde. A final report of the study entitled, 'Fathers of Children Born to Teenage Mothers: A Study of Processes within Changing Family Formation Practices'. The study began in August 2006 and finished in November 2009.

This paper summarises the key messages from selected papers focusing on inequalities in mental health. It also gives key messages that the Special Interest Group for Mental Health Improvement consider important.