government and social policy

The suite of downloadable prevention package resources from the Department of Health, was designed to support PCTs, SHAs and Local Authorities in prioritising and effectively commissioning services that support the health, well-being and independence of older people. Each resource may be read as a stand-alone document or as part of the series.

This paper provides background information on the individual elements of the nine pillars set out in Valuing Young People. The list of polices approaches outlined here is not exhaustive but is intended as a set of concise summaries to give partners, supporters and users of Valuing Young People an overview of polices and approaches that can support young people to achieve their potential.

Provides an update on progress of the Government strategy 'Lifetime Homes, Lifetime Neighbourhoods' and outlines the next steps on delivery. It includes outlines of the roles of the different partners in delivery.

In 2004 the NSPCC and Victim Support described the experiences of 50 young witnesses in their report In Their Own Words. The report concluded that, despite a raft of policies and procedures intended to facilitate children's evidence, their experiences revealed an implementation gap between policy and delivery. This is the executive summary of a study that considers whether the implementation gap has narrowed since 2004.

Scottish Government guidance developed to support professionals in identifying, assessing and providing appropriate support for children who may have been victims of trafficking.

This report presents the findings of a consultation on forced marriage, through which the Scottish Government sought views on whether civil legislation on forced marriage should be introduced in Scotland.

This is a summary of the findings of a consultation on forced marriage, through which the Scottish Government sought views on whether civil legislation on forced marriage should be introduced in Scotland.

Child poverty has fallen in Scotland, but evidence from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation suggests that the current rate of progress will not achieve the 2020 target to eradicate child poverty. Some policy measures required to reduce child poverty (such as benefit increases) are not devolved powers, but the Scottish Government could do more to remove barriers to employment, sustain people in work and tackle low pay. This study discusses progress made in Scotland to end child poverty, and suggests what the Scottish Government needs to do to reach the 2020 target.

National figures for services provided by local authorities in Scotland for adults with learning disabilities are presented. All figures for 2006 relate to the week ending 10 September 2006 and are provisional. This publication is a result of The same as you? review of services for people with learning disabilities, published in May 2000. Its 29 recommendations for developing learning disability services set out a programme for change over 10 years.