needs assessment

Document setting out the national minimum standards expected of domiciliary care agencies in England to ensure good quality personal care and support for people while living in their own home in the community.

Report presenting the results of an audit of criminal justice social work provision in Scotland carried out to gain a national picture of the main areas of structured activity in community based programme and service development in Scotland.

Report presenting the results of an audit of current provision for children in residential care in Scotland and proposing a strategy for the development and supply of residential child care services to match the full range of needs of children and young people.

The Time Intervals Working Group was set up in 1997 to report on the processing of cases through the children’s hearings system. Following wide consultation, the first Blueprint, containing a Code of Practice and associated standards and targets, was published in March 1999. The objective was to identify and minimise areas of inconsistency, duplication and unnecessary delay at key points within the system, so that children at risk have their needs addressed effectively at an early stage.

The Department of Health, the Crown Prosecution Service and the Home Office have worked together to produce this practice guidance. The guidance is issued as part of the Home Office led Action for Justice programme, which said that good practice guidance on the provision of therapy prior to trial for vulnerable or intimidated adult witnesses would be issued.

Presents a brief summary of research findings into the housing needs and experiences of young offenders. The research aimed to provide a picture of the housing issues that face young people who have offended, and the barriers to their accessing accommodation and provide an understanding of these issues from the perspective of the young people, youth justice practitioners and other organisations involved in assisting young people with their living arrangements.

Report examining the experiences of disabled parents and their families and assessing how well local council policies, services and practices are providing appropriate support in line with their responsibilities under existing government policy and legislation.

The Government is committed to improving the treatment of victims of crime. This document is issued as part of Action for Justice, the implementation programme for Speaking up for Justice, the report of the interdepartmental review of vulnerable or intimidated witnesses. That report made a series of recommendations covering the investigation through to the trial and beyond, with the aim of assisting vulnerable or intimidated witnesses to give their best evidence.