Major changes in tenure over the last 25 years mean that two out of three people in Scotland are home-owners and half of social housing is provided by independent non-profit organisations. Despite these changes, longstanding challenges still remain to be met, and new challenges are emerging. This study looks back over the past decade of Scottish housing policy and forward to the next, as well as, provides an overview of housing outcomes in Scotland and how housing policy contributes to these.
Scottish Ministers issued for consultation 23 proposals for the reform of children’s services and invited all those with an interest to let us know what they thought.
This report represents the plan implemented by the Scottish Government in order to reduce the bureaucracy that gets in the way of ensuring children are protected. Children must have their needs met and, where necessary, action must be taken to protect others from children’s behaviour.
Report summarising the results of a literature review carried out to gather evidence to enable a better understanding of the risk factors which contribute to health inequalities at community level and inform strategies to tackle this problem.
Briefing paper giving an overview of social work services in Scotland including an outline of the legislative framework governing social work services, key policy themes and the organisation and funding of social work services.
Report of research which studied volunteering in the Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) area in order to establish future trends in the demand for and supply of volunteers. The research was prompted by difficulties recruiting volunteers in the HIE area.
Paper summarising the policy literature and research concerning the ways, benefits and problems of involving patients in the planning of discharge to community or intermediate care.
This report aims to demonstrate how poor mental health is a significant cause of wider social and health problems, including: low levels of educational achievement and work productivity; higher levels of physical disease and mortality; violence, relationship breakdown and poor community cohesion. In contrast, good mental health leads to better physical health, healthier lifestyles, improved productivity and educational attainment and lower levels of crime and violence.
Most European countries have recognized mental health as a priority area in recent years. Neuropsychiatric disorders are the second leading cause of disability-adjusted lifeyears (DALYs) in the WHO European Region. The report offers overview of activities in areas such as mental health promotion, mental disorder prevention, preventing stigma, service provision, human rights and empowerment of service users and families and carers.
This paper was produced by Social Work Scotland's Service Development Change Programme. It includes a statement of what personalisation is in relation to public services, a discussion of what the application of this approach can achieve and an indication of the key areas which need to be considered in the development and implementation of this approach.
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.