local government

Assessment and support for kinship carers of looked after children

Scottish Government interim guidance to local authorities on assessing the capacity of a child's relatives as potential kinship carers for a looked after child and the support they will require.

The assessment process should help kinship carers to feel more involved and consulted and able to identify the kinds of supports they believe they need to look after the child safely and in a way that promotes the child's best interests.

Performance inspection summary: South Ayrshire council 2009

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.

Employee Authentication Services (EAS)

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.

Are we there yet?: improving governance and resource management in children’s trusts

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.

A national approach to anti-bullying for Scotland's children and young people

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.

Towards agile government

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.

Comprehensive area assessment: framework document

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.

Guide to strategic commissioning: taking a closer look at strategic commissioning in social work services

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.

Review of older people's engagement with government : report to government

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.

SCIE Report 5: Users at the heart - User participation in the governance and operations of social care regulatory bodies

There is a growing realisation that service uses and carers should be involved in developing the services they receive. Their expertise as users of services and what they want from services should be heard. It is particularly important that service users are involved in the national organisations that regulate services, the workforce, education and training n social care.