policy

The Scottish Government has announced its intention to introduce a range of measures to tackle the problems associated with binge drinking and excessive and harmful consumption of alcohol in Scottish society. This is a policy document which involves intervention by the government in a market in a way which has a direct effect on prices for consumers, in the interests of a perceived public good, in this case public health, law and order, and a reduction in employment, health service and criminal justice costs. The document covers a number of aspects of this issue.

Fife Child Protection Committee (CPC) Annual Report 2005 to 2006 and Annual Plan 2006-2007, illustrates the successes, the work underway and plans to build on continuous improvement in child protection.

This is the report of the Alcohol and Drugs Delivery Reform Group. In January 2008 the Delivery Reform Group to improve alcohol and drug delivery arrangements and ensure better outcomes for service users was established by the Scottish Government. Members were invited from the Scottish Advisory Committee on Drug Misuse (SACDM) and the Scottish Ministerial Advisory Committee on Alcohol Problems (SMACAP).

Certain types of charity are set up to assist or care for those who are particularly vulnerable, perhaps because of their age, physical or mental ability or ill health.

Charity trustees are responsible for ensuring that those benefiting from, or working with, their charity are not harmed in any way through contact with it. They have a legal duty to act prudently and this means that they must take all reasonable steps within their power to ensure that this does not happen.

This Communication Strategy sets out the key strategic objectives of the North Ayrshire Child Protection Committee and how they can be implemented. This will ensure effective communication in all aspects of the work and interests of the Child Protection Committee. It is envisaged that this communication Strategy will operate for 3 –5 years, subject to ongoing review.

The role of the Public Guardian is to supervise, investigate concerns and regulate Court appointed Deputies, and investigate complaints about the actions of registered attorneys and people acting under an order of the Court protection. This policy provides a framework for delivering the Office of the Public Guardian's role in safeguarding vulnerable adults.

Paper highlighting the scale of the problem of runaway young people in Scotland, describing existing services in place to deal with the issue and recommending a national strategy be devised to tackle the problem more effectively.

There has been an increasing awareness over the past few decades of bullying and the effect it has on the educational and social achievements of children and young people.

Evidence on the effects of bullying were taken which suggested that it causes a number of problems ranging from general unhappiness, poor concentration, low-self esteem, psychosomatic symptoms and anxiety to depression, self-harm or suicide.

This report was appointed by the House of Commons to examine the expenditure, administration and policy.

Report investigating the effects of the 'credit crunch' on people's mental health and making recommendations as to how government and other agencies should respond to mental health challenges posed by economic recession.

Report intended for policy makers interested in prison and sentencing reform. It presents evidence about the situation in Scotland and ideas for future policy development in Scotland. These ideas are based on research presented by academics at a seminar on sentencing reform held 12 December 2008.