child care

Reducing High Placement Costs (Solihull) Department for Children, Schools and Families, 2008

This case study describes how Solihull's high unit costs for placements for children in care were reduced; increasing resources available to improve the quality of care and delivering outcomes that better met the needs of children. It sets out the steps that Solihull took to address the situation and achieve 11% savings on the placements budget. These improvements were achieved through a combination of developing the authority's foster care service, redefining the commissioning and contracting team into a professional procurement service, and improving management of the external market.

Growing up in Scotland - sweep 2 - topic research findings: experiences of pre-school education

This report summarises findings from sweep 2 of the Growing Up in Scotland study (GUS), a longitudinal research project aimed at tracking the lives of a cohort of Scottish children.

It is focussed on children’s experiences of pre-school education. This document is one of a series that summarise key findings from the second sweep of the survey which was launched in April 2006. At the second sweep, interviews were successfully completed with 4,512 respondents from the birth cohort and 2,500 from the child cohort.

Getting it right for every child: draft Children's Services (Scotland) Bill consultation

Scottish Executive consultation on a draft Bill intended to support the implementation of Getting it right for every child, the reform programme for children's services.

The bill would place duties on agencies to promote the well-being of children and to work together. Also included in the bill are measures to ensure that the views of children are taken into account. Grounds for referral to the Children's Hearings system would also change if the bill were passed as legislation.

Statutory guidance, the roles and responsibilities of the lead member for children's services and the Director of Children's Services

This guidance, on the roles and responsibilities of the Lead Member for Children's Services (LM) and Director of Children's Services (DCS), has been updated to take account of the good progress already made, reinforce existing best practice and highlight the importance of the LM and DCS as leaders and champions for children, young people and their families.

It aims to explain how the roles are distinct and complementary and how working together as a team, they can be most effective in driving clear improvements in outcomes.

A guide to implementing 'Getting it Right for Every Child': messages from pathfinders and learning partners

Implementation guide that shows what needs to be done by people at every level across all agencies and sectors to bring about the changes that are necessary to implement 'Getting it Right for Every Child'.

It identifies essential culture, systems and practice changes and sets out what different people in organisations need to do to progress this agenda successfully. I

GIRFEC: implementation plan

Scottish Ministers issued for consultation 23 proposals for the reform of children’s services and invited all those with an interest to let us know what they thought.

This report represents the plan implemented by the Scottish Government in order to reduce the bureaucracy that gets in the way of ensuring children are protected. Children must have their needs met and, where necessary, action must be taken to protect others from children’s behaviour.