local government

This leaflet summarises some key findings of the inspection of South Ayrshire Council’s social work services, which are set out in the full report published in September 2009.

This Act of Scottish Parliament is in three parts, covering local government elections, membership of local authorities, as well as a general section which looks at election expenses, ancillary provision and orders and regulations.

YouTube video on EAS which is a system designed to allow employees in local government, schools and other organisations to access and share sensitive information in order to improve services for children, learners and citizens.

This report, published in October 2008, examined the progress local councils and their partners are making in developing children's trusts. The report concludes that the 'children's trusts' created by the government after the death of Victoria Climbie have been confused and confusing.

Five years after the green paper Every Child Matters and eight years after the child's death, 'there is little evidence of better outcomes for children and young people' resulting from the requirement that local areas in England set up arrangements to coordinate children's services.

Consultation paper setting out and seeking views on a draft national approach to anti-bullying in Scotland. In particular, it proposes an approach to anti-bullying in Scotland for children and young people, broadly outlines contributions to this approach by sectors and stakeholders nationally and identifies the role to be played by the Scottish Anti-Bullying Steering Group.

Report setting out what the concept of agility in government means and why it is potentially useful for public sector managers. It examines the changing context in which governments are operating and explains the reasons why developing greater agility can help public services respond to new challenges.

CAA is the new framework for the independent assessment of local public services in England. This document sets out how it will be delivered from April 2009.

Part 1 gives an executive summary and framework overview.

Part 2 details the framework and what it will deliver and describes area assessment, organisational assessments, and how CAA will be carried out. Further sections cover improvement and inspection planning, reporting CAA, the evolution of assessment and reviewing and evaluating CAA.

Report presenting the findings of a research study which applied a social marketing framework to eight examples of health improvement campaigns and initiatives in order to inform the development of a social marketing health improvement strategy for Scotland.

Guide intended to assist councils, working with key strategic partners, to evaluate their performance on the strategic commissioning of care and wider supports for adults, children and young people.

It should also assist councils to evaluate joint commissioning with partner agencies. Its use is not mandatory.

The guide is designed for use in all sectors of social work. It is not prescriptive, and it is for councils to decide how to use the material. However, it contains key questions to ask when evaluating performance on strategic commissioning.

Report of a review of the arrangements in place for older people to engage with government at all levels which looks at alternative options for engagement and makes recommendations on these with a view to improving the system.