local authorities

This is one of a series of four 'Sustaining Practice Learning' reports commissioned by the Learning Resource Network on behalf of Skills for Care and the Children's Workforce Development Council (CWDC). This research provides a picture of the current situation for practice learning in 18 local authorities.

The purpose of this Act of Scottish Parliament is to provide for decisions to be made on behalf of adults who lack legal capacity to do so themselves because of mental disorder or inability to communicate. The decisions concerned may be about the adult's property or financial affairs, or about their personal welfare, including medical treatment. The Act is in 7 parts.

White paper laying out the UK Government's thinking on a fresh approach to adoption including actions to be taken and new legislation to be introduced to make adoption procedures more clear, consistent and fair.

Report examining the system of funding for schools in England. It concludes the system should be reformed and recommends part of the reform should be the introduction of a premium for pupils from more disadvantaged backgrounds. It argues a pupil premium would enable schools to plan their budgets around their admissions and fund programmes to improve educational attainment.

Paper highlighting the scale of the problem of runaway young people in Scotland, describing existing services in place to deal with the issue and recommending a national strategy be devised to tackle the problem more effectively.

This report contains a framework of recommendations set out by the Social Services Inspectorate in response to the outcomes of the Public Inquiry into the death of Victoria Climbie. This framework is to be used by councils with social services responsibilities to audit their position in relation to the practice recommendations of the Victoria Climbié Inquiry report. It provides performance criteria against each of the recommendations linked to statutory requirements and guidance.

Aberdeenshire Council operates its fostering service through the Family Placement Service which had three teams. Two Team Managers shared lead responsibility in Fostering and the third Team Manager led in Adoption.

In April 2010 the Learning and Skills Council in England will be abolished and responsibility for planning and commissioning education and training for 16–18 year olds will move to local authorities. This report looks at local authorities’ early experiences of the transfer to help inform planning, especially with regard to work- force capacity.

Document summarising the statutory duties of local authorities in Scotland with regard to preventing homelessness. It outlines the actions which local authorities should take to stop homelessness occurring and recurring.

This publication contains statistics on children who were looked after by or eligible for aftercare services from local authorities in Scotland between 1st April 2008 and 31st March 2009.