leadership

Living well with dementia : the National Dementia Strategy : implementation plan

Document setting out the governance arrangements for the UK Government's dementia strategy for England at national, regional and local level over a five-year period.

The protection of children in England : a progress report

Document giving the response of local authorities in England to Lord Laming's report into the Baby P case.

Commissioning services for children, young people and families : a study of the dynamics in six local authority areas (Research report no. DCSF-RR133)

Report of a research project in which 'audience insight' research with practitioners of children’s commissioning was carried out to establish an evidence base for the design, planning and delivery of a Commissioning Support Programme. Six local authority areas were used as case studies to gain a better understanding of the dynamics of commissioning, particularly those pertaining to leadership, partnership and locality working.

Towards a research and development strategy for social services in Scotland

Document laying out the rationale and evidence for an R&D strategy arising from the Changing Lives report which recommended such a strategy be developed and that the strategy should underpin the work of all five associated Change Programmes.

Improving social work in Scotland

Report that describes how well social work services are performing and what people who use services think about them. The messages are clear; the majority of people of all ages who use services and their carers have valued them and think they have made positive differences to their lives. Staff who provide services are committed and look for ways to improve the services they offer to people.

Safe from bullying in further education colleges

UK Government guidance outlining the types of bullying which might occur in FE colleges and the steps which can be taken to both prevent bullying happening and respond effectively when it does happen.

Towards a research and development strategy for social services in Scotland : executive summary

A summary of the document "Towards a research and development strategy for social services in Scotland" which sets out the rationale and evidence for the development of an R&D strategy.

Partnerships and networks : past lessons from health and social care (Briefing note 1)

Paper giving an overview of the main lessons learned from a study of two existing networks and partnerships in health and social services, Managed Clinical Networks and Health Action Zones. The issues raised are examined with a view to establishing the potential for identifying best practice for partnership working.

The impact of integrated services on children and their families in Sure Start children's centres

Report evaluating the impact of integrated services on children, parents and families in 20 children's centres in England visited between June and December 2008.

Inspectors found that integration of services was having a positive impact as far as support for children and parents is concerned in over half the centres visited.

The leadership imperative : reforming children's services from the ground up

Paper identifying and exploring opportunities for using leadership to help overcome professional and organisational barriers in children's services in England and simultaneously promote service innovation which leads to better outcomes for children.