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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.

Report presenting the results of a study carried out by YouGov of the feelings of young people about the state of their lives and their prospects for the future. The study showed a significant proportion of young people felt life has no purpose and that a supportive family is vital to a young person's wellbeing.

Document giving a statistical breakdown of the population in custody in England and Wales.

Report presenting statistics on childcare centres in Scotland registered with the Care Commission and childcare centre staff.

Section of the General Register Office for Scotland's website which holds statistical information on the numbers of deaths which were known to be, or thought likely to be, caused by intentional self-harm.

Briefing paper providing a snapshot of child poverty in Scotland. Ways of measuring child poverty are described and figures given for the numbers of children living in poverty.

Causes and effects of child poverty as well as the policy responses of government at UK and Scottish level are also considered.

More or Less is a series of programmes on BBC Radio 4 and is part of the Open2.net website. Open2.net is the online learning portal from the Open University and the BBC. More or Less examines the role numbers, statistics and figures play in our everyday lives and considers where these figures come from, what they mean - and how they can shape our lives.

Report assessing the state of the health care system in Scotland, pinpointing both its strengths and weaknesses. It also compares the Scottish system with the health care systems of other European countries to find out if any lessons could be learned from their systems.

Report containing information on women's experiences in the criminal justice system as victims, suspects, defendants and practitioners in criminal justice agencies.

It compares their representation and experiences with those of men and identifies if, and where, any disproportionality exists in the treatment they receive.