adults

Adult skills and higher education: separation or union?

Paper assessing and discussing the position of adult skills training in England in the context of the creation of the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF), the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS) and the continuation of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). It argues that giving responsibility for funding adult skills training to the DIUS risks adult skills being left behind by higher education.

Keeping children safe: what we all need to know to protect our children

Document offering information and advice on the nature of child abuse and how to recognise and prevent it. It highlights the signs to look out for in children and what to do if child abuse is suspected.

Response to consultation on the framework for the registration of health and adult social care providers and consultation on draft regulations

Document that presents the government’s response to the consultation held during spring 2008 on the new registration framework to be introduced from 2010.

The main purpose of the registration framework is independent assurance of the safety and quality of care. All providers of regulated activities will need to register with the new Care Quality Commission and meet the same essential standards, whether they are public, private or third sector.

What methods can assist adults with communication difficulties to express their preferences? (Outline 11)

Paper pointing to what can be learned from available evidence to enable strategies to be devised to promote equitable access and personalised support for adults with communication difficulties.

Long-term ill health, poverty and ethnicity

This research studied Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Ghanaian and white English working-age people living with long-term ill health. It found that the effect of long-term ill health in reducing chances of employment was similar across ethnic groups. Individuals with long-term conditions required substantial flexibility in employment, due to pain, fatigue, unpredictable symptoms and health appointments; this could conflict with employers' needs for reliability.

Scottish households below average income, 2006/07

Document presenting estimates of the proportion and number of children, working age adults and pensioners living in low income households in Scotland. It also reports progress made towards hitting UK and Scottish Government targets on reducing poverty.