law

Making sense of human rights: a short introduction

Guide designed for officials in public authorities to assist them in working with the Human Rights Act 1998, which has been described as the most important piece of constitutional legislation passed in the United Kingdom since the achievement of universal suffrage in 1918.

The guide is short and simple and offers a brief introduction to human rights for use in straightforward situations.

More detailed guidance can be found in the human rights handbook for public officials, Human Rights and Human Lives, produced by the Department for Constitutional Affairs.

HIV-related stigma & discrimination : sex workers

This factsheet discusses the HIV-related stigma and discrimination that sex workers face. They are marginalised and stigmatised because of their work and the fact that prostitution is still criminalised. Many sex workers are further marginalised because of their race or their sexuality, drug taking behaviour and poverty. All these factors increase stigmatisation experienced by sex workers and make them extremely vulnerable to HIV infection.

Risk assessment and management of serious violent and sexual offenders: a review of current issues

This report reviews the literature relating to the assessment and management of sex offenders and serious violent offenders, and therefore requiring special measures.

It is aimed at those in the criminal justice, social work and other agencies who play an active part in risk assessment and risk management.

The report covers four broad areas: the background policy, legislative proposals and provisions covering sexual and violent offenders; risk assessment methods; the current tools available in this area for these offender groups; and risk management.

Plan for action on alcohol problems: update

Document reporting on the progress made since the launch of the Scottish Government's Plan for Action on Alcohol Problems in 2002.

It also lays out a three-year programme of action to change drinking cultures and reduce alcohol-related harm by government action, partnership working and promoting individual responsibility.

The Disability Rights Commission

The Disability Rights Commission (DRC) is an independent body established in April 2000 by Act of Parliament to stop discrimination and promote equality of opportunity for disabled people.

Police Act 1997

This legislation sets out the purpose, functions and members of key bodies within the criminal justice service such as the National Criminal Investigation Services; the National Crime Squad and the Police Information Technology Organisation. The Act also sets out the appointment of Information Commissioners in respect of 'property', certification of criminal records and identity checking such as the disclosure process.

Scotland's children: the Children (Scotland) Act 1995 Regulations and Guidance : Volume 3 - adoption and parental responsibilities orders

This is the third of four volumes of comprehensive guidance on the Children (Scotland) Act 1995. The Regulations, Directions and Guidance which are included in this and the other volumes are designed to provide guidance on the implementation of Parts II, III and IV of the Act. Volume 3 sets out the policy and procedures relating to adoption of children and parental responsibilities orders including local authority responsibility.

The physical punishment of children in Scotland: a consultation

The purpose of this consultation paper is to explore how the law relating to the physical punishment of children can be modernised, so that it better protects children from harm. The aim of the consultation is to address two specific issues. First, within the context of a modern family policy, in a responsible society, where should we draw the line as to what physical punishment of children is acceptable within the family setting? Second, how do we achieve that position in law?

The Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007 Part 1: guidance for adult protection committees

The ASP Act was passed by the Scottish Parliament in February 2007.

Part 1 of the Act requires councils to make enquiries to determine whether action is required to stop or prevent harm; requires specified public bodies to co-operate with councils; introduces a range of protection orders; and makes provision for the establishment of local multi-agency adult protection committees.