This study is one of a series of projects, jointly commissioned by the DCSF and the Department of Health, to improve the evidence base on recognition, effective intervention and inter-agency working in child abuse and focuses on recognition of neglect.
This literature review aimed to provide a synthesis of the existing empirical evidence about the ways in which children and families signal their need for help, how those signals are recognised and responded to and whether response could be swifter.
Scottish Government report on what needs to be in place to provide a truly child-centred response and approach to the provision of foster and kinship care.
It then considers what improvements are needed in the support provided to carers that will in turn enhance the quality of care provided to children.
Finally, it addresses the improvements that can be made to the quality assurance systems that govern these types of care.
The Scottish Executive welcomes the independent Review of the NHS Wheelchair and Seating Service, 'Moving Forward – Review of NHS Wheelchair and Seating Services in Scotland: March 2006', as a comprehensive critique of existing services from the viewpoint of users and carers.
The Executive’s response addresses the 40 recommendations. A number of linked/parallel policy initiatives which support the implementation of recommendations have also been identified.
Statistical annex to the third and final progress report on Improving Opportunity, Strengthening Society the Government's strategy to increase race equality and community cohesion. It brings together the main findings for seven policy areas: education; the labour market; housing; health and personal services; the criminal justice system; perceptions of community cohesion; culture and sport.
Document which summarises and assesses the governments proposals regarding 'reasonable chastisement' and goes on to discuss the government's refusal to consult on the abolition of this defence as a prelude to a ban on physical punishment.
Scottish Government publication which identifies a range of actions and initiatives to improve the way in which young people living in substance misusing households are supported and protected.
These standards were developed to improve the quality of care and service for those in foster care. The standards cover the following activities: recruiting, selecting, approving, training and supporting foster carers; matching children and young people with foster carers; supporting and monitoring foster carers; and the work of agency fostering panels and other approval panels. The standards do not apply to the services provided directly by foster carers themselves.
Consultation developed with the National Reference Group, set up to implement the recommendations of Survivor Scotland.
This paper was designed to draw on the views and experiences of survivors particularly and it was acknowledged from the start that more innovative methods were needed to ensure that this happened. A number of events were held with survivors and survivor organisations to raise their awareness of the consultation and engage them in discussions.
Group and individual interviews were also carried out with survivors, facilitated by survivor organisations.
Although alcohol is widely recognised as a major generator of employment and income from exports in Scotland, a considerable (and increasing) amount of harm is associated with its misuse.
The effects of this misuse – which are considered in this paper – are wide, and generate substantial costs not only for the health service, but also for criminal justice, communities, employers, and the wider Scottish economy.
Letter announcing the launch of 'Valuing People Now', a three-year cross-government strategy for people with learning disabilities accompanied by a delivery plan.