government policy

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The focus of this draft strategy is on identifying training and development activity required to support improvement in services to women and children who are experiencing domestic abuse, and to men who use violence.

It is based on increasing capacity to deliver training and providing national co-ordination of training on domestic abuse. This training strategy is set out in 6 sections: context, aims of the training strategy; requirements of the training strategy; taking the strategy forward; capacity building; and an action plan.

Mental health payment by results is a funding methodology which aims to predict mental health need and cost more accurately. The methodology involves identifying service users with similar characteristics (they are to be grouped into 21 "clusters") and will be allocated to groups using an assessment tool.

This practical guide contains 10 actions to help local areas prepare for mental health payment by results policy. The guide also contains a glossary of common terminology and a check-list to help commissioners of services.