management

Development programme created for first-line managers in social care. Divided into eleven sessions and consisting of activities, discussion points and reading suggestions, it is intended to assist the development of the individual and organisation through gaining a better knowledge and understanding of practice-focused management.

Document laying out national minimum standards issued by the Secretary of State for Health which apply to care homes providing accommodation, nursing or personal care to older people.

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.

These standards were developed to improve the quality of care and service for those in foster care. The standards cover the following activities: recruiting, selecting, approving, training and supporting foster carers; matching children and young people with foster carers; supporting and monitoring foster carers; and the work of agency fostering panels and other approval panels. The standards do not apply to the services provided directly by foster carers themselves.

The Committee set itself a challenging action plan and this annual report sets out what action has been taken forward individually and collectively over the last year in pursuance of stronger and more effective child protection services. The report also contains an action plan for the year ahead in which a number of commitments are made which are designed to ensure continuous improvement of the services provided across the Falkirk area.

This is the first report of the newly constituted Edinburgh Child Protection Committee and it reviews the operation of the Committee in the period March 2005 to March 2006. It reports good progress in meeting the Committee’s objectives with work still to be progressed, particularly in the area of child protection public awareness, implementing the child protection inter-agency training strategy and the revised Lothian and Borders Inter-Agency Child Protection Guidelines in the autumn of 2006.

Website of Social Work Scotland containing information and news relating to 'Changing Lives, the change programme for social work services in Scotland based on the 21st century review of social work.
The website closed in 2009 and most of the content was archived on http://www.knowledge.scot.nhs.uk/changinglives.

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.