government publication

The impact of welfare reform on Scotland

The most deprived areas in Scotland will take the biggest financial hit when the present welfare reforms come into effect. This is the conclusion of research commissioned by the Scottish Parliament’s Welfare Reform Committee.

Demographic change and an ageing population (2nd report, 2013)

Report that identifies the impacts which demographic change and an ageing population will have primarily on the public finances in respect of the provision of health and social care, housing, and pensions and the labour force, and the planning being undertaken by the Scottish Government and key public bodies to mitigate such impacts.

The Scottish child health programme: guidance on the 27-30 month child health review

Guidance to facilitate the implementation of an effective 27-30 month review for all children in Scotland. It is primarily aimed at front line health staff involved in delivery of the review, in particular Public Health Nurses - Health Visitors (PHN-HVs), and their managers. 

It is also of wider interest to general practitioners and colleagues involved in early learning and childcare and the wider care and support of young children.

Redesigning the community justice system: a consultation on proposals

Consultation that follows on from a series of reports which highlighted serious shortcomings in the existing system for delivering offender services in the community. It focuses on services for people aged 16 and over who are dealt with under the Criminal Proceedings (Scotland) Act 1995.

Analysis of responses to the Children and Young People Bill Consultation

The Children and Young People Bill will be introduced to Parliament in 2013 and will set out fundamental reforms to the way services for children and young people are designed, delivered and reviewed.

The Scottish Government conducted a large-scale series of national engagement events to discuss the proposals for reforms with a wide range of stakeholders. In addition, it published a consultation document on 4 July 2012 which invited views on key areas of proposed reform: children’s rights; early learning and childcare; getting it right for every child; and the care system.

Core competency framework for the protection of children

Protecting children from harm is a key issue for health and social care. The publication of the Scottish Government’s revised National Child Protection Guidance (2010) seeks to take account of recent policy and practice developments and to reflect the principles, values, and National Practice Model of the Getting It Right for Every Child (GIRFEC) approach.

Knowledge into practice: a strategy and action plan for embedding knowledge in practice in Scotland's social services

The strategy describes how a collaboration between Scottish Government, the NHS Education for Scotland, the Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services, the Imporovement Service for Local Government, the Scottish Social Services Council and the Association of Directors of Social Work will improve outcomes through putting new knowledge into practice.

Evaluation of the Family Nurse Partnership in NHS Lothian, Scotland: late pregnancy and postpartum

The Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) is a preventative prgramme for first time teenage mothers and their babies. FNP is being tested in Scotland for the first time.

Second interim evaluation report which focuses on the late pregnancy and postpartum phases of the programme's implmentation.

Early years framework: progress so far

Study that builds on existing research by looking specifically at the benefits in Scotland for children with no additional needs, children with moderate additional needs and children with severe additional needs.

A Scotland for children: a consultation on the Children and Young People Bill

The Scottish Government is committed to addressing the challenges faced by children and young people who experience poor outcomes throughout their lives. To do this, services will need to be child-centred, responsive and joined up. Children and young people deserve services that can intervene more effectively and earlier in their lives and that listen and take full account of their views

This consultation paper sets out a vision for how to achieve this vision through legislation.