voluntary sector

Manifesto for change

Document from Victim Support in Scotland calling on the Scottish Parliament to continue its commitment to the Scottish Strategy for Victims and its key objectives of providing emotional and practical support, information and greater participation for victims. Specific actions it calls for include establishing a Victims Fund and appointing a Victims Commissioner.

For Scotland's children: better integrated children's services (Part 2)

This is the second part of the report of an action team of experts from local government, the NHS and the voluntary sector to look at how better to integrate children’s services.

Their action plan contains a range of ways in which local authorities, the NHS and the voluntary sector can work together to create a single children’s services system, backed up by a number of good practice examples.

For Scotland's children: better integrated children's services (Part 1)

This is the first part of the report of an action team of experts from local government, the NHS and the voluntary sector to look at how better to integrate children’s services.

Their action plan contains a range of ways in which local authorities, the NHS and the voluntary sector can work together to create a single children’s services system, backed up by a number of good practice examples.

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.

A resource for developing sexual assault referral centres: revised national service guide

Guide listing and describing the minimum elements essential for providing high quality sexual assault referral centres for victims of sexual violence and sexual abuse in England, including forensic medical examination.

Key messages: overview of mental health services

Key messages are presented from a study looking at mental health services provided by the NHS, councils, prisons, the police and the voluntary sector across Scotland for all ages. The study examines the accessibility and availability of mental health services and how much is spent on them.

The report provides an overview of mental health services and is the first in a series of planned reports in this area. The researchers carried out an overview to highlight areas for improvement and to identify priorities for future audit work.

Mapping of services to young carers in Scotland : summary report

Report of a mapping exercise of Scotland's services to young carers undertaken by the Princess Royal Trust for Carers between January and April 2009. The report summarises the key issues thrown up by the identification of the level of services to young carers across each of the local authority areas in Scotland and is intended as a tool to help local authorities and their partners review their service provision to young carers.

National care standards for early education and childcare

Regulations covering services for children and young people up to the age of 16 years which are to be regulated under the Regulation of Care (Scotland) Act 2001.

Applicable to services in public, private and voluntary sectors, and in domestic or non-domestic premises which provide services for over two hours a day and for six days or more each year.

Commissioning counselling services for young people : a guide for commissioners

Guidance document designed to help commissioners of child and adolescent mental health services identify ways in which the local voluntary sector can help them meet the needs of their populations. It also offers advice on the process of working with the voluntary sector in order to achieve an effective working relationship.

Can work eradicate child poverty?

This report examines the extent to which work can contribute to the eradication of child poverty, and identifies a number of issues that necessarily arise if work is seen as the best route out of poverty. The government has repeatedly stated that work is the best route out of poverty. This implies that work is not the only route, but is the preferred or main route in tackling child poverty. This report examines the extent to which there is underemployment among parents and a desire to work among parents who are not currently working.