government publication

Measurement of the extent of youth crime in Scotland

This report provides estimates of the number of crimes committed by young people in Scotland. It also provides an overview of the conceptual and practical issues involved in estimating the prevalence of youth crime, anti-social behaviour perpetrated by young people, and the fear of youth crime.

Assessment and support for kinship carers of looked after children

Scottish Government interim guidance to local authorities on assessing the capacity of a child's relatives as potential kinship carers for a looked after child and the support they will require.

The assessment process should help kinship carers to feel more involved and consulted and able to identify the kinds of supports they believe they need to look after the child safely and in a way that promotes the child's best interests.

Reducing drug users' risk of overdose

Report of a research project which aimed to look at ways of reducing drug users' risk of overdose and recommend interventions to bring down the number of drug-related deaths in Scotland.

Preventing offending by young people: a framework for action

Scottish Government publication aimed at preventing offending by young people. It outlines a shared ambition of what the government and its partners want to do to as national and local agencies to prevent, divert, manage and change offending behaviour by children and young people - and how they want to do it.

The framework is broad in its scope, spanning prevention, diversion, intervention and risk management, with reference to the individual, the family and the wider community. It reaches from pre-birth and early years to the transition to adult services.

"Delivering for mental health"

Document outlining the Scottish Executive's strategy and commitments for improving mental health services in Scotland.

The approach adopted is a functional one which focuses on the key elements of services which need to be in place at each stage of care so that clinicians, service users and carers can be clear about what needs to be delivered.

The role of the social worker in the 21st century: a literature review

This report is part of the review of the role of the social worker commissioned by the Scottish Executive to inform the work of the 21st Century Social Work Review group.

Their prime focus is the role of the social worker across different service systems and national contexts.

Identifying the priorities of tenants of social landlords

Report of a research project which aimed to identify tenants priorities for social housing provided by Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) and local authorities and find out their understanding and opinion of 'value' in terms of the service delivered by their landlords compared to other landlords.

This research was carried out in connection with the Scottish Government's aim to give tenants greater influence with social housing providers.

Report from the 'Getting it right for every child in kinship and foster care' reference group

This report is the outcome of the work of many people across Scotland. Shortly before the publication of the Getting it Right for Every Child in Kinship and Foster care report the Government in Scotland asked BAAF and tFN to set up a Reference Group composed of the main stakeholders in kinship and foster care.

The group worked through the areas identified by the Government in Scotland through five Task Groups each of whom were allocated a specific area of the Strategy to develop.

Protecting our future: Scottish Executive’s Drugs Action Plan

Tackling drug misuse in Scotland is one of the Scottish Executive’s key priorities. The Executive has adopted Tackling Drugs in Scotland: Action in Partnership as the forward drugs strategy for Scotland.

This plan sets out how the Executive will play its part in beating drugs in terms of young people, communities and treatment.

Rights in action: implementing children and young people's rights in Wales

Report by the Welsh Assembly Government on progress towards the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in Wales.