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Substance abuse as a social phenomenon is all the more worrisome because of its prevalence among youth. Over the last two decades or so, countries all over the world have seen an alarming rise in the incidence of substance abuse amongst the most productive and crucial section of their populations.

The Centre for Research on Families and Relationships (CRFR) at the University of Edinburgh was commissioned by the Scottish Government Rural and Environment Analytical Services to identify and review literature related to social change in fishing communities in Scotland over the past fifteen years, with particular reference to the role of ‘fishing families’ and of inward and outward migration.

Little is known about the influences of religious beliefs and practices on parenting adolescents. Yet religious beliefs and practices have the potential to profoundly influence many aspects of life, including approaches to parenting. This is particularly relevant with increasing diversity of religious affiliations in contemporary British society.

This publication aims to help to develop a youth substance abuse prevention project with a strong foundation - one that strives to involve young people and other important groups in determining the local substance abuse situation and in planning to address the situation. It is not a step-by-step recipe for planning a substance abuse prevention project on the basis of a local situation assessment but rather, a presentation of principles that, when applied, will increase the likelihood of successful outcomes.

This resource provides information, statistics and research on drugs misuse in Scotland. Target users are policy makers, professionals, researchers, employers and the wider community. This website supports the implementation of the Scottish Drug Misuse Information Strategy.

This training tool and teaching guide introduce the basic concepts and ideas of Restorative Justice for use in all kinds of learning environments. It provides a helpful multimedia visual that will give learners a concrete and visual image to relate the theory of Restorative Justice (RJ) to. It also provides the instructor with helpful suggestions, worksheets, and explains the elements of the resource.

Report detailing the findings of a health impact assessment of a draft local development strategy by Glasgow City Council for the east end of Glasgow designed to make the area a model of sustainable development and tackle issues of population health, environmental quality and social deprivation.

A report on a partnership set up to test how migrant and refugee community organisations could change policies and practices that are crucial to the lives of their communities. 'Change from Experience' addresses the ways in which migrant and community groups can use their own history and experience to develop the skills to bring about change. It challenges ideas about these organisations as ‘comfort zones’ and places them at the centre of debates about identity, gender, migration and cohesion.

Provides an update on progress of the Government strategy 'Lifetime Homes, Lifetime Neighbourhoods' and outlines the next steps on delivery. It includes outlines of the roles of the different partners in delivery.

Report reviewing how children's services in England have changed since the introduction of the Every Child Matters initiative and setting out thoughts on what more could be achieved in terms of integrating services which support children and strengthening local communities to make better environments for children.