local government

Children's rights (Aberdeen Council)

Aberdeen Council presents information about children's rights, as well as a list of useful contacts.

Adoption (Aberdeenshire Council)

Aberdeenshire Council presents information about adoption. It promotes non-discriminatory practices in all its services and seeks individuals or couples from a variety of backgrounds who can make a permanent commitment to a child or children who need a new family for life.

The audit of best value and community planning Glasgow city council progress report

In December 2005, the Accounts Commission considered the Controller of Audit’s report on the Best Value audit of Glasgow City Council and required the Controller of Audit to make a further follow-up report on the council’s progress. Glasgow City is well placed to build on its current performance.

Fostering in Aberdeenshire

Aberdeenshire Council social work service helps families care for their children at home. However, for a variety of reasons this is not always possible.

The audit of best value and community planning South Ayrshire council

Report that reflects the picture available at the time the main audit work was conducted between August and October 2008. The Commission is concerned to note the position at South Ayrshire as set out in the Controller of Audit’s report.

The council has made limited progress towards delivering best value and faces severe financial pressures which pose significant risks and which will make it more challenging for the council to make the improvements needed.

The audit of best value and community planning: Aberdeen city council progress report

When the Accounts Commission published its findings on the Best Value audit on Aberdeen City Council in May 2008 following a public hearing, it requested a further report from the Controller of Audit in 12 months’ time. In this progress report, the Commission is encouraged by the prompt and decisive action taken by the council, and taking into account the timescale, commends the council on its progress across a range of activity.

Supporting local information and research: Understanding demand and improving capacity

This review intends to understand how to strengthen support to local partners in using local information and research in decision-making. The investigation has probed the following questions: what are the sources of demand for local information and research?; how is research carried out locally?; how is local information and analysis currently supported by national, regional and sub-regional organisations? This report includes recommendations for national, regional, and local organisations for strengthening support for local partners.

Improving the understanding of customer satisfaction and experience in Scottish local government: towards a collaborative and common approach

Publication that summarises and comments on research carried out by Tetlow Associates for the Improvement Service and Scottish Consumer Council on customer satisfaction and experience in Scottish local government.

Elective home education: guidelines for local authorities

These government guidelines have been prepared to help local authorities carry out their statutory responsibilities and manage their relationships with home educating parents. Where parents have chosen to home educate, it is important that home educated child to have a positive experience. These guidelines aim to clarify the balance between the right of the parent to educate their child at home and the responsibilities of the local authority. ‘Parents’ should be taken to include all those with parental responsibility, including guardians and carers.

Inside out : rethinking inclusive communities

Report examining the potential role of non-governmental community-based organisations in tackling social exclusion and offering an analysis of the challenges involved in making inclusion a positive reality.