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Implementing telecare: strategic analysis and guidelines for policy makers, commissioners and providers

Report describing what telecare is, what it can do and the generic components of a telecare service. It also reviews the evidence for its benefits at both individual and health service levels and offers guidelines on developing and implementing a telecare service.

Parental drug misuse : a review of impact and intervention studies

This review examines the available research about both the impact of problem drug use and interventions designed to reduce that impact. It starts by looking at definitions, the extent of problem drug use, and its impact across important aspects of children’s lives. The review is intended for social care workers involved with adults – using or affected by drugs – and their children and young relatives.

Hidden harm: next steps

This resource vividly describes the situation of many children and young people living in substance misusing households.

Children's hearing system in Scotland

The children's hearings system, Scotland's unique system of juvenile justice, commenced operating on 15 April 1971. The system is centred on the welfare of the child. A fundamental principle is that the needs of the child should be the key test and that children who offend and children who are in need of care and protection should be dealt with in the same system. Cases relating to children who may require compulsory measures of intervention are considered by an independent panel of trained lay people.

The advice needs of young people - the evidence : key research evidence on young people's needs for advice on social welfare issues

Report looking at young people's advice needs in connection with social welfare rights questions such as housing and homelessness. It presents the available evidence and attempts to explain the implications of the evidence. It is intended as a comprehensive source of information for anyone interested in or concerned with this subject.

Growing support : a review of services for vulnerable families with very young children

This report describes the findings and conclusions of an inter-disciplinary review of social work and health services in Scotland to support vulnerable families with young children aged 0-3 years. It also takes account of other important services such as early education and childcare, housing, health services for adults and Children’s Hearings.

Human rights: improving public service delivery

This report, created by the Audit Commission, looks at how the Human Rights Act can help to improve public services, as it seeks to ensure the delivery of quality services that meet the needs of individual service users.

The report highlights that not only has the Act increased public service providers’ awareness of the rights of the individual, but it has also meant an increased risk of legal challenge by service users.

Locked out : the prevalence and impact of housing & homelessness problems amongst young people, and the impact of good advice

Report examining the scale and the effects of homelessness problems amongst young people and concluding that the legal aid system has failed to meet young people's needs for specialist advice and government could do more to address young people's homelessness needs.

Guidance to local authorities on fuel poverty: case studies

Case studies are presented that accompany the guidance to local authorities on fuel poverty.

Starting over : young refugees talk about life in Britain

Report of research which assessed ways in which voluntary organisations can work better with young refugees to further their self-development and improve their skills. The report aims to help voluntary organisations formulate a policy approach for young refugees.