local government

Whole systems working: a guide and discussion paper

This resource was produced by the Integrated Care Network (ICN) which provides information and support to frontline NHS and Local Government organisations seeking to improve the quality of provision to users, patients and carers by integrating the planning and delivery of services.

Key to the role of the ICN is the facilitation of communication between frontline organisations and central government, so that policy and practice inform each other effectively. The ICN is part of the Care Services Improvement Partnership (CSIP).

Delivering Prevent - Responding To Learning

This document provides an overview of how Prevent is responding to recent learning and research exercises into the local delivery of Prevent.

Getting it right for every child: guidance on overnight stays for looked after and accommodated children

Scottish Government guidance to assist corporate parents in ensuring that the children in their care are safe, but at the same time have the chance to form lasting friendships. Issued under section 5(1) of the Social Work (Scotland) Act 1968.

Getting it right for every child in foster care and kinship care - a National Strategy

Scottish Government report on what needs to be in place to provide a truly child-centred response and approach to the provision of foster and kinship care.

It then considers what improvements are needed in the support provided to carers that will in turn enhance the quality of care provided to children.

Finally, it addresses the improvements that can be made to the quality assurance systems that govern these types of care.

Transforming adult social care: access to information, advice and advocacy

Reports on current activity and research in relation to information, advice and advocacy and the delivery of 'Putting People First'. The research included: a literature review; a survey of directors of adults social services; a review of a sample of local authority and national websites; and in-depth work with selected local authorities and national organisations. Examples of good practice and recommendations for the development of services are included.

The summary report on the consultation responses, Strengthening for the future : the reform of the children's hearings system, 31 July - 24 October 2008

Summary presenting some of the key themes running through the responses to the Scottish Government's proposals for reforming the children's hearings system and giving an overview of the levels of support for the proposals.

Looked after children and young people: we can and must do better

This publication is intended for everyone who is concerned with looked after children and young people and their families. This includes: elected members, local authority staff, staff in voluntary organisations, private providers, foster carers, health professionals and those involved in developing and improving children’s services.

State of trust : how to build better relationships between councils and the public

Report presenting the findings from the first phase of a research project set up to investigate how local government can build up more trusting relationships with its citizens. Based on the findings, it identifies a new typology of the trust relationships which the public wants to cultivate with government.

Unlocking innovation : why citizens hold the key to public service reform (Demos collection 24)

Collection of papers focusing on the theme of renewing and refocusing understanding of innovation. It explores the notion that everyday interactions between people and public services are a potential source of new ideas and that public services should be developed through participation and co-production.

Stepping up to the challenge: the government's response to tackling worklessness - a review of the contribution and role of English local authorities and partnerships

The government here welcomes the Houghton report, accepts its main recommendation that helping people to find and stay in work should be a local government priority, and describes the support put in place, strengthened integration and greater devolution, a challenge to local partnerships and support for the third sector and social enterprise. An annex summarises government response to Houghton and DWP's devolution offer.