government policy

The Carers Strategy sets out the Government’s short-term agenda and long-term vision for the future care and support of carers. At the heart of 21st-century families and communities.

In a changing society most people are living longer, many are developing long-term clinical conditions and the vast majority have rising aspirations in terms of maintaining maximum independence and control over their own lives. Consequently, an increasing number of people may find themselves taking on a caring role at some point in their lives.

This response to the Children’s Safeguards Review by Roger Kent sets out the Government’s proposals for improving the quality of care for children who are looked after away from home.

This includes the recruitment, selection and vetting of residential child care staff; training of residential care staff; their registration and inspection; the inter-relationship with education child protection; support for children in boarding schools; investigation and monitoring of children in prison, refuges and helping young abusers.

In this report plans are set out for government investment in Scotland over the three year period 2003-2006. Proposals for public spending are made in Justice, Education, Health, Social Justice, Transport, Environment and Administration.

Report making recommendations for the development of an agreement of expectations between local authorities and their providers in Scotland to ensure effective commissioning of services which lead to the best outcomes for children and young people.

Document that reports on the progress made since the publication of 'Managing the impacts of migration: a cross-governmental approach' in June 2008.

It announces a new Migration Impacts Fund, to be paid for by charges on migrants' visa fees, that will be available to local areas for spending on projects for managing migration pressures.

Report based on the findings of the 2008 British Workplace Behaviour Survey which showed that disabled people and people with long-term illnesses experience more negative treatment in the workplace compared to non-disabled people. It argues this trend may have implications for government policies helping people to access and remain in employment.

This report published by the Beckley Foundation Drug Policy Programme in partnership with the International Centre for Prison Studies at Kings College London, revisits the topic of the incarceration of drug offenders [IDPC, UK].

Most governments make strong statements about the need to maintain, and often increase, police activity and penal sanctions for drug users. This approach, it was claimed, is based on the idea that strong enforcement, and widespread incarceration, will deter potential users and dealers from becoming involved in the illegal drug market.

The consultation paper Protecting Children: Securing Their Safety - A Pre-legislative Consultation Paper on Establishing an Index of Adults Unsuitable to Work with Children was published in July 2000. It set out the Scottish Executive’s intention to establish an Index of persons dismissed from employment (including as unpaid volunteers) with children in circumstances leading to the conclusion that they might pose a threat to children.

Plan for Scotland’s wheelchair and seating services changes by 2010. The changes will affect all five of the wheelchair and seating centres in Inverness, Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

This statement sets out the Scottish Executive’s policy for changes to the law of evidence and related aspects of court procedure, directed at providing specific help to vulnerable witnesses. It examines how the existing supports available to vulnerable witnesses could be improved.