This resource looks at making sure good quality independent advocacy is available to everyone in Scotland who needs it. In order to increase the provision of independent advocacy, services may have to be set up which are not initially independent. The report examines ways of making it easier for non-independent advocacy services to become independent and the importance of making sure that where advocacy is not independent, then measures are in place to make that advocacy as free as possible from conflicts of interest.
This report gives only children’s views of advocacy. Children and young people were asked for their views about advocacy in two different ways. Firstly, they were invited from different council areas and different sorts of services (such as children’s homes, residential special schools and foster care) to give their views. Secondly, some children and young people were invited to give their views by taking part in a web survey.
'Experts by Experience' is suitable for use throughout law learning. The materials will: introduce users to how service users and carers have experienced legal interventions by social workers; identify how experts by experience identify good and poor practice by social workers; present what experts by experience suggest are the essential knowledge, skills and values that social workers should have and how they should use them; present key messages for social workers on what is really important for service users and carers when legal interventions are being used.
This report presents the findings of research with parents relating to disciplining children. It was carried out between March and August 2002 when consideration was being given to changing the law in relation to physical discipline. The research was designed to provide information about attitudes and behaviours amongst parents in Scotland and had two main components.
This Act of Scottish Parliament is in twelve parts: protection of the public at large; victims' rights; sexual offences; prisoners; drugs courts; non-custodial punishments; children; evidential, jurisdictional and procedural matters; bribery and corruption; criminal records; local authority functions; and a miscellaneous part which includes sections on offences aggravated by religious prejudice, wildlife offences and anti-social behaviour strategies.
Report arguing that the social care system in England suffers from a number of flaws such as lack of clarity, complexity and unfairness. It puts forward the idea of a constitution for social care which would ensure a system based on a clear set of principles setting out exactly what users can expect from the system and what they might contribute in return.
Scottish Executive young people's guide to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Some of the 54 articles of the convention are listed and explained. The information provided applies only to Scotland.
In late summer of 2008, Young Scot was commissioned by the Scottish Government to seek the views of young people from across Scotland on what they thought about the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child's Concluding Observations relating to the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Right of the Child (UNCRC). The consultation explored the levels of awareness children and young people had regarding children's rights and their thoughts on which rights were most important for them, and for Scotland as a whole, to take action on.
Document intended to introduce organisations representing older people to the European institutions and to enhance their knowledge and understanding of the main EU level political and legislative processes.
The Good Childhood Inquiry was commissioned by the Children's Society and launched in 2006 "as the UK's first independent national inquiry into childhood. Its aims were to renew society's understanding of modern childhood and to inform, improve and inspire all our relationships with children." On 5th February 2009, the Children's Society launched the findings of the inquiry in the report entitled 'A Good Childhood: Searching for values in a competitive age'.