consultation

The summary report on the consultation responses, Strengthening for the future : the reform of the children's hearings system, 31 July - 24 October 2008

Summary presenting some of the key themes running through the responses to the Scottish Government's proposals for reforming the children's hearings system and giving an overview of the levels of support for the proposals.

Asking the experts : a guide to involving people in shaping health and social care services

This guide was developed to bring together relevant research evidence and practical experience of involving people, focusing on community care settings. It also aims to help practitioners to consider the most appropriate ways of involving the people they serve, to provide some practical guidance on getting started and to present examples of effective or innovative ways of involving people that could illustrate how an approach was used.

Integrated strategy for the early years

This paper focuses on the services provided to young children (from pre-birth to 5) and their families.

It sets out a framework which draws together existing policies from across the Scottish Executive in this area – whether that is promoting childcare, health visitor support, preschool education or broader support for parenting skills.

It seeks to promote greater coherence between these executive policies to give better support to joined-up delivery on the ground.

Together we can end violence against women and girls: a consultation paper

UK Government consultation aiming to raise awareness and provoke discussion and debate as to what more can be done by interested parties and stakeholders to end violence against women and girls and minimise its effects.

Vulnerable children: young runaways and children abused through prostitution

This consultation paper outlines why the needs of young runaways and children involved in sexual exploitation through prostitution are important and looks at the preventative work which is being taken forward to address the underlying issues which may increase a child’s vulnerability.

The provision of services to support children and young people is also discussed.

Care Commission forum : local events : event summary

Document summarising proceedings at Care Commission consultation events in Dunoon and Oban at which they got the views of attendees who used care services, their carers and relatives.

Review of use of mediation services by local authorities and housing associations

Report of a study commissioned by Defra which looked into the use of mediation services in the UK by local authorities and housing associations to deal with the issue of neighbourhood noise.

The study was conducted to inform a neighbourhood noise strategy for England being developed by Defra.

Report on proposed Commissioner for Children and Young People Bill

This report sets out the role and remit of an independent Commissioner to champion the rights of children and young people. The Commissioner’s work is laid out in four main areas: promoting and safeguarding children’s rights; communicating with children; investigations and the promotion of good practice.