government policy

Better wheelchair services

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.

Vital voices: helping vulnerable witnesses give evidence

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.

Safer lives: changed lives - a shared approach to tackling violence against women in Scotland

Scottish Government document providing a shared understanding and approach to guide the work of all partners involved in combating violence against women in Scotland. The document includes a definition of violence against women, a set of guiding principles and a focus for the work in this area.

Families in Britain : the impact of changing family structures and what the public think

Report tracing the changing nature of the family and what that means for parents, children and society with a view to stimulating debate on family policy. It explores the changing face of families in Britain and the impact of these changes on society, public opinion and the role of government. It also highlights the opportunities for policymakers created by the changing demographic, social and attitudinal terrain.

Spending on adult mental health services in England : an update of the calculations featured in 'Delivering the Government's mental health policies' (published in January 2007)

Paper analysing the services, staffing and expenditure required to realise the UK Government's policies on adult mental health services. Its analysis of the figures indicates that, by 2010/11, funded capacity for adult mental health care is likely to be around 77.5% of its required level.

Preventing offending by young people: a framework for action

Scottish Government publication aimed at preventing offending by young people. It outlines a shared ambition of what the government and its partners want to do to as national and local agencies to prevent, divert, manage and change offending behaviour by children and young people - and how they want to do it.

The framework is broad in its scope, spanning prevention, diversion, intervention and risk management, with reference to the individual, the family and the wider community. It reaches from pre-birth and early years to the transition to adult services.

A commitment to protect: supervising sex offenders - proposals for more effective practice 1997

The Secretary of State for Scotland requested a review of arrangements for the supervision of sex offenders in the community. A team from Social Work Services Inspectorate (SWSI) carried out the review, with assistance from many organisations and individuals.

A Commitment to Protect is the report of their initial work from April to September 1997. It gives an overview of the arrangements and a broad assessment of their strengths and weaknesses, together with recommendations for improvement.

Promoting positive outcomes: working together to prevent antisocial behaviour in Scotland

This framework represents to all stakeholders and to the people of Scotland a vision for how anti-social behaviour should be tackled and how committed the Scottish government is to championing its principles through the work of diverse yet complementary organisations.

Consultation and policy appraisal: compact code of good practice

Code of practice intended to improve the way the UK Government consults and appraises its policies with regard to the voluntary and community sector and, in so doing, allow the voluntary sector to have a more effective input into the development and implementation of policy.