local authorities

Operation of the homeless persons legislation in Scotland: 2007-08

This statistics publication provides information on applications to local authorities for assistance under the homeless persons legislation covering the period to 31 March 2008.

It includes information on the characteristics of applicant households, local authority assessments and the action taken in respect of cases concluded. Snapshot data on households in temporary accommodation at 31 March are presented, together with data on the implementation of the Homeless Persons (Unsuitable Accommodation) (Scotland) Order 2004.

Guidance to local authorities on fuel poverty: case studies

Case studies are presented that accompany the guidance to local authorities on fuel poverty.

The state of social care in England 2007-08

Report describing trends in the range, quality and availability of social care services in 2007-08 across the public, voluntary and private sectors and examining support to people with multiple and complex needs to establish whether these people are benefiting from the new personalised care agenda as described in 'Putting people first'

Making the grade?: results from the first year of grading registered services – 2008/09

Report on the first year of grading results gives valuable information about the quality of care services across Scotland. The results set baselines against which future years can be compared and judged.

Safeguarding children and young people from sexual exploitation: supplementary guidance to 'Working together to safeguard children'

This guidance sets out how organisations and individuals - including police, teachers, social workers and health workers - should work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people from sexual exploitation.

It aims to help agencies to: develop local preventive strategies; identify those at risk of being sexually exploited, to safeguard those who are being sexually exploited; and to identify and prosecute perpetrators. A chapter on the roles and responsibilities of agencies is included.

The School Food Trust

The School Food Trust website was established by the Department for Education and Skills in September 2005. Formerly known as the School Food Trust, we started our work in 2005 and became a registered charity in 2006.

Its remit is to transform school food and food skills, promote the education and health of children and young people and improve the quality of food in schools.

Adult skills and higher education: separation or union?

Paper assessing and discussing the position of adult skills training in England in the context of the creation of the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF), the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS) and the continuation of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). It argues that giving responsibility for funding adult skills training to the DIUS risks adult skills being left behind by higher education.

Statutory guidance on promoting the health and well-being of looked after children

Document giving guidance to local authorities and their health agency partners in England on carrying out their functions in regard to the promotion of co-operation to improve the well-being of children and young people and the making of arrangements to ensure they take account of the need to safeguard and promote the welfare of children when discharging their duties.

Mapping of services to young carers in Scotland : summary report

Report of a mapping exercise of Scotland's services to young carers undertaken by the Princess Royal Trust for Carers between January and April 2009. The report summarises the key issues thrown up by the identification of the level of services to young carers across each of the local authority areas in Scotland and is intended as a tool to help local authorities and their partners review their service provision to young carers.

Assessing demand for childcare: toolkit for conducting research

Resource produced by the DCSF to assist local authorities with their statutory duty to carry out research in order to assess parental demand for childcare in their area.