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Strategy to prevent and reduce drug and alcohol use and harm

Date: 11/2018 Category: Policy and Legislation

A new strategy to prevent and reduce alcohol and drug use, harm and related deaths has been published by the Scottish Government. The strategy is based on the vision: Scotland is a country where “we live long, healthy and active lives regardless of where we come from” and where individuals, families and communities: have the right to health and life – free from the harms of alcohol and drugs; are treated with dignity and respect; are fully supported within communities to find their own type of recovery. The Care Inspectorate is listed as a key partner in the strategy, while identified actions for the Scottish Government include the development of national guidance and standards, linked to the Health and Social Care Standards and Quality Principles, as well as a Quality Improvement Framework.
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Audit Scotland reports on integration progress

Date: 11/2018 Category: Policy and Legislation

An update on progress in relation to health and social care integration has been published by Audit Scotland. The report sets out the findings of the second of three national performance audits of health and social care integration following the introduction of the Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Act 2014. According to the report, Integration Authorities (IAs) have started to introduce more collaborative ways of delivering services and have made improvements in several areas but they are operating in an extremely challenging environment and “there is much more to be done”. The report sets out recommendations across “six areas which need to be addressed if integration is to make a meaningful difference to the people of Scotland”: Collaborative leadership and building relationships; Integrated finances and financial planning; Effective strategic planning for improvement; Agreed governance and accountability arrangements; Ability and willingness to share information; Meaningful and sustained engagement.
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Consumer law advice for care home providers

Date: 11/2018 Category: Policy and Legislation

The Competition and Markets Authority has published consumer law advice for care home providers to help them to understand their obligations under consumer law when dealing with residents and their representatives. Care homes may need to make changes to their contract terms and business practices as a result. Working with its partners, such as Trading Standards, the CMA will be conducting a review in 12 months’ time to assess how well care homes are complying with consumer law.
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Report on out of area placements and delayed discharge for people with learning disabilities

Date: 11/2018 Category: Policy and Legislation

A report on out of area placements and delayed discharge for people with learning disabilities and complex needs has been published. The report was produced for the Scottish Government by Dr Anne MacDonald following concerns raised by the Mental Welfare Commission in its "No Through Road" report. The report sets out figures on out of area placements and delayed discharge collected on 31 January 2017. Based on the findings, the report suggests a “transformational change approach” is required, with the presence of challenging behaviour and its impact highlighted as a key issue. The report makes seven recommendations, including a more proactive approach to planning and commissioning services, working with children’s services and transitions teams. It also includes a section entitled Skilling Up Commissioners and Care Inspectors.
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Delivering play and learning environments outdoors practice note

Date: 11/2018 Category: Policy and Legislation

The Care Inspectorate has published a practice note to assist in the planning and delivery of provision of play and outdoor learning. The resource promotes the adoption of good design principles which contribute to high quality and stimulating care and learning environments that support all children no matter what their individual needs are.
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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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