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Care Inspectorate publishes Serious Incident Reviews report

Date: 10/2018 Category: Policy and Legislation

The Care Inspectorate has published a report on Criminal Justice Social Work Serious Incident Reviews. The Care Inspectorate scrutinises and comments on reviews carried out by local authorities to monitor their quality and share good practice. The report has highlighted several areas of improvement since the last review published in 2015. It highlights successful good practice across Scotland found in reviews received by the Care Inspectorate between February 2015 and December 2017. The report also makes recommendations where further improvements should be made.
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Good practice note on council tax exemptions for care leavers

Date: 10/2018 Category: Policy and Legislation

A good practice note for local authorities who are implementing council tax exemptions for care leavers has been published by CELCIS. Produced in association with the Scottish Care Leavers Covenant Alliance, the note is in response to feedback gathered at a recent roundtable workshop on the Council Tax (Discounts) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2018.
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CYCJ report examines the causes of violent behaviour among children

Date: 10/2018 Category: Policy and Legislation

The Centre for Youth & Criminal Justice (CYCJ) has published a report, ‘Balancing rights and risk: How can we get it right for children involved in violent behaviour?’, examining the experiences, needs and nature of violent behaviour by children. The report argues that the needs underlying children’s violent behaviour need to be understood if appropriate interventions are to be provided and future harm is to be prevented. The case files of a sample of children referred to the Intervention for Vulnerable Youth (IVY) project are used in the report to look at the nature and prevalence of violent behaviour by children, what needs they present with, how their needs and risks are addressed, and the views of the youth justice workforce in relation to risk practice.
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Information sheet on cross border secure care placements

Date: 09/2018 Category: Policy and Legislation

An information sheet on cross border secure care placements has been published by the Centre for Youth and Criminal Justice (CYCJ). The paper discusses the recent statistics showing an “exponential increase” in the number of placements from outside Scotland, examining the recent Munby judgement and implications.
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New leaflet sets out what to expect from your care worker

Date: 09/2018 Category: Policy and Legislation

A leaflet explaining to people what type of behaviour and values they can expect from their care worker and what to do if they have a concern has been launched by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC). ‘What to expect from your care worker’ will be available in all GP surgeries in Scotland from September.
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Child health and wellbeing evidence review published by Scottish Government

Date: 09/2018 Category: Policy and Legislation

A summary of available evidence on child and adolescent health and wellbeing in Scotland has been published by the Scottish Government. The review, structured around the SHANARRI indicators, is designed to provide a picture of the current situation in terms of health and wellbeing outcomes for children and young people, as well as the key drivers of wellbeing. Each chapter begins with a discussion of the indicators under the relevant SHANARRI before setting out related data.
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Mental health quality indicators - background and secondary definitions

Date: 09/2018 Category: Policy and Legislation

A document setting out the purpose and scope of the mental health quality indicator (QI) profile. Action 38 of the Mental Health Strategy 2017-2027 commits to creating a Quality Indicator (QI) profile. The paper provides a summary of the QI profile development, the actions needed to implement the QIs, and a full list of the indicators and their secondary definitions.
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National Review of Care Allowances - Recommendations

Date: 09/2018 Category: Policy and Legislation

A final report and 12 recommendations following a national review of care allowances for children living in foster care, kinship care and adoption placements. The review was chaired by Chief Social Work Adviser Iona Colvin, who met with a core group of key stakeholders between November 2017 and August 2018 to consider proposals for a national approach to care allowances. As well as a number of recommendations aimed at improving consistency and transparency in providing relevant allowances and information, the review also notes the need to learn from and share best practice, including the establishment of a ‘knowledge hub’ for this purpose.
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Mental Welfare Commission reports on borderline personality disorder care

Date: 08/2018 Category: Policy and Legislation

A report on the care, treatment and support of people with borderline personality disorder (BPD) has been published by the Mental Welfare Commission. The Commission was aware that people with this diagnosis often have a particularly difficult experience of care and treatment, and spoke to over 70 people with the diagnosis in Scotland. The Commission also surveyed 119 GPs, 110 A&E staff, and 84 psychiatrists, as well as gathering the views of family members and carers. The report found that people with BPD often feel they are treated with less sympathy and understanding by professional staff. Psychological therapies were highly valued, but access to those therapies, and waiting times, varied across the country.
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Refreshed strategy to help older people live independently

Date: 08/2018 Category: Policy and Legislation

A refreshed joint strategy to support independent living among older people has been published by the Scottish Government and COSLA. Age, Home and Community – The Next Phase is designed to build on the progress of the original 2011 strategy and sets out a vision for the next phase in ensuring the right advice, house and support will allow older people to live the way they choose. Actions include working with local authorities, health and social care partnerships to ensure the connections between health, social care and housing are recognised in Local Housing Strategies, Housing Contribution Statements and local development plans. Increased understanding of Technology Enabled Care and the full embedding of self-directed support in mainstream social care are also included in the plans.
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Transition Care Planning - Action 21 - Transition Pathway

Date: 08/2018 Category: Policy and Legislation

The Scottish Government has published the 'Transition Pathway' flowchart on the clinical process for young people moving between Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and Adult Mental Health Services. This document has been developed in consultation with CAMHS users to further Action 21 of the Mental Health Strategy: 2017-2027.
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Transition Care Planning - Action 21 - Responsibilities of Services to Ensure Good Transition

Date: 08/2018 Category: Policy and Legislation

The Scottish Government has published the 'Responsibilities of Services to Ensure Good Transition' guidance document on the clinical process for young people moving between Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and Adult Mental Health Services. This document has been developed in consultation with CAMHS users to further Action 21 of the Mental Health Strategy: 2017-2027.
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Transition Care Planning - Action 21 - Principles of Transition

Date: 08/2018 Category: Policy and Legislation

The Scottish Government has published the 'Principles of Transition' guidance document on the clinical process for young people moving between Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and Adult Mental Health Services. This document has been developed in consultation with CAMHS users to further Action 21 of the Mental Health Strategy: 2017-2027.
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Transition Care Planning - Action 21 - Transition Pathway (New Referrals)

Date: 08/2018 Category: Policy and Legislation

The Scottish Government has published the 'Transition Pathway (New Referrals)' flowchart on the clinical process for young people moving between Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and Adult Mental Health Services. This document has been developed in consultation with CAMHS users to further Action 21 of the Mental Health Strategy: 2017-2027.
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Action plan on parental involvement and family learning

Date: 08/2018 Category: Policy and Legislation

The Scottish Government and COSLA have published ‘Learning together: Scotland’s national action plan on parental involvement, parental engagement, family learning and learning at home 2018-2021’, setting out a vision for parental involvement and engagement and taking account of the national and international evidence base. It contains 13 goals and 52 national actions and it provides a national vision but it allows for local and community innovation and flexibility. Action 43 states that Education Scotland will work with the Care Inspectorate to develop a new shared inspection framework for early learning and childcare settings. This will be implemented in 2019 and will include an appropriate focus on parental involvement and engagement.
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Scotland's progress towards implementing self-directed support 2011-2018

Date: 08/2018 Category: Policy and Legislation

A report on progress towards implementing self-directed support (SDS) over the last seven years has been published by the Scottish Government. Transforming social care: Scotland’s progress towards implementing self-directed support 2011-2018 meets Audit Scotland’s recommendation that the Scottish Government should report publicly on the outcomes it has achieved in supporting implementation of SDS. The report is set out in four chapters, one for each of the destination outcomes the SDS Implementation Plan 2016-2018 aims to progress towards. Immediate next steps identified include an exploration of the benefits and consequences of reviewing and changing existing categories for registration set under the Public Services Reform (Scotland) Act 2010.
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Hygiene Requirements in Outdoor Nurseries in Scotland

Date: 08/2018 Category: Policy and Legislation

Health Protection Scotland has produced hygiene requirements for outdoor early learning and child care settings in Scotland. This report is an update of the 2010 position. A review methodology of current literature, guidance and legislation was conducted in order to make the recommendations on hygiene requirements within early learning and childcare settings. The focus of the report is on hand hygiene in outdoor settings and should be read along with the guidance “Infection Prevention and Control in Childcare Settings (Day Care and Childminding Settings)”.
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