policy

From April 2009, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) will be the new independent regulator of health and adult social care services across England. This policy sets out how the CQC intend to use their enforcement powers to protect the health, safety and welfare of people who use health and social care services, and to improve the quality of these services.

This government strategy, developed in partnership with the Housing Community Network, sets out how residents, along with their community associations, can get involved in developing their local services to improve their quality of life. The Strategy briefly discusses different models and methods of involvement. An "Action Plan" which outlines key themes and priorities for the next three years is also included.

This document includes the draft Looked After Children (Scotland) Regulations 2008 and accompanying consultation document. It sets out the policy behind the draft Regulations and sought comments on a number of issues within the Regulations. The consultation period ran from 5 December 2007 to 14 March 2008.

Produced in partnership with Turning Point, the UK's leading social care organisation, this toolkit provides background information to the issues surrounding dual diagnosis and offers a practical guide to delivering services. It includes information about substance misuse, mental health and policy background and features current treatment modules along with case studies and exercises for individuals or group work.

Review providing a synthesis of recent youth research with a specific bearing on the housing transitions of young people in the UK and highlighting some of the most important concerns of young people in connection with housing.

The Scottish Executive welcomes the independent Review of the NHS Wheelchair and Seating Service, 'Moving Forward – Review of NHS Wheelchair and Seating Services in Scotland: March 2006', as a comprehensive critique of existing services from the viewpoint of users and carers.

The Executive’s response addresses the 40 recommendations. A number of linked/parallel policy initiatives which support the implementation of recommendations have also been identified.

Paper detailing what is known about the role of alcohol in deciding the extent and impact of intimate partner violence, identifying factors which increase the risk of becoming a victim or perpetrator and discussing the role of public health in prevention.

Summary report on the proposal to develop a training network in the North of Scotland. Such a network would facilitate joint working and provide mutual support on training and development issues. Consultation undertaken on behalf of the Scottish Social Services Learning Network North by Carol Smith.

Report focusing on the plight of older people with mild to moderate learning disabilities living independently in their own homes. It notes that many reach crisis points which threaten their independence and argues that a service response model based on crisis support workers is the most effective way of preventing such crises occurring and recurring.

The Scottish Alliance for Children’s Rights (SACR) was asked by the government to organise four seminars designed to allow professional and interested parties in Scotland to gather together to discuss the United Nations Committee for the Rights of the Child recommendations.

Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People and the Children’s Rights Officers’ Network worked with SACR in organising the events.