children in need

Action for Children is committed to developing and delivering preventative services that allow children and young people to live safely within their own home. Our crisis intervention services, aimed at helping families with children at risk of entering the care system, have been judged a successful way to improve outcomes for children and young people, reducing admissions into care and building on families’ strengths and coping techniques.

This report is a joint production between Aberdeenshire Council and NHS Grampian in association with other statutory and voluntary sector partners. This is the Community Plan for children and young people in Aberdeenshire. It encompasses the universal provision of services across Health and Education as well as the targeted services of Social Work and joint services provided to children with the most complex needs.

This report deals with the concept of 'refuge' for children under the age of sixteen who are away from home or care, as established under section 51 of the Children's Act 1989 and section 38 of The Children's (Scotland) Act 1995. It discusses the factors affecting its provision in the UK and goes on to detail a series of pilot programmes, run between 2004-2006. These were funded by the Department of Health and the Department for Education and Skills, aimed to extend the models of community-based refuge.

'All in a day's work' is suitable as a summative assessment on practising social work law. This learning object will: help users to reflect on what approach, or combination of strategies, they adopt to being a social work law practitioner and will enable users to undertake an assessment of their social work law knowledge. 'All in a day's work' presents a series of tricky situations.

Despite reduced placements of children in family based and institutional care, the Department of Human Resources has seen increased foster care expenditures rather than substantial savings. The difference between potential savings and actual costs is $35 million. There are no clear reasons for why this happened.

Scottish Government guidance to councils and their community planning partners on how to improve outcomes for looked after children and young people and care leavers, through better fulfilling their corporate parent function.

Manual published by the Scottish Government for the training of Children's Panel members. It provides information about the system, the relevant legislation and good practice, and is intended to widen the understanding of panel members about children's circumstances and enable them to make sound, well-informed decisions.

Leaflet on the Scottish Government website for service users about the National care standards for care homes for children and young people.

Information about the Children's Hearings system in Scotland, which takes most of the responsibility for dealing with children and young people under 16, and in some cases under 18, who commit offences or who are in need of care and protection.

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.