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Human rights, human lives: a handbook for public authorities

This guide is designed to assist officials in public authorities to implement the Human Rights Act 1998. It aims to raise your awareness of the different rights and freedoms protected by the Human Rights Act, and to demonstrate through actual examples, how to consider the potential human rights impact of the work of officials, whether they are delivering services directly to the public or devising new policies and procedures.

The Children's Hearings (Legal Representation) (Scotland) Rules 2002

These Rules permit legal representatives to attend Children's Hearings in certain circumstances. They also specify when the Children's Hearing may consider the appointment of a legal representative, and the circumstances in which an appointment may be made.

They authorise the Principal Reporter to make copies of the relevant documentation available to legal representatives and also specifies groups of persons from whom a legal representative may be appointed.

Joint inspection of services to protect children and young people in the Aberdeen City Council area

The Joint Inspection of Children’s Services and Inspection of Social Work Services (Scotland) Act 2006, together with the associated regulations and Code of Practice, provide the legislative framework for the conduct of joint inspections of the provision of services to children.

This report is the result of the inspection of services to protect children in the Aberdeen City Council area. It covered the range of services and staff working in the area who had a role in protecting children.

Safeguarding children involved in prostitution: supplementary guidance to working together to safeguard children

This guidance is for police, health, social services, education and all other agencies and professionals that may work with children about whom there are concerns that they are involved in prostitution. It sets out an inter-agency approach, based on local protocols developed within the framework of Working Together to Safeguard Children (Department of Health et al, 1999; National Assembly for Wales, 2000), to address this type of abuse.

Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance newsletter December 2004

The Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance (SIAA) promotes, supports and defends the principles and practice of independent advocacy across Scotland. This newsletter provides an update on the progress of the SIAA and includes details of their 'Training for Trainers' session, information about elder abuse, Freedom of Information Act (Scotland) 2002, some health and safety issues and details of useful organisations.

Preparing and assessing prospective adopters: practice guidance

Guidance aimed at helping practitioners assess prospective adopters whether they intend adopting a child from this country or abroad.

Adoption and Children (Scotland) Act 2007

Document stating the provisions of the Adoption and Children (Scotland) Act 2007.

A guide to the Human Rights Act 1998 : third edition

This resource provides a guide to the Human Rights Act 1998 and includes definitions of articles and terms in the Act.

The Scottish Human Rights Commission

This document sets out the Scottish Executive’s detailed proposals for a Scottish Human Rights Commission. The Scottish Executive believes that this new body will be a key means to ensure that human rights are protected in Scotland and will also help to develop a ‘culture’ of human rights. By promoting human rights, the Commission will work to ensure that you are more aware of your rights in the future and that you understand how they apply to you and to your family. This consultation paper focuses on the remit, functions and structure of the Commission.

Responding to HIV-related stigma and discrimination

This factsheet examines ways to respond effectively to HIV-related stigma and discrimination, and the implementation of a range of strategies that tackle prejudice and protect people's rights.