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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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Therapeutic interventions after abuse and neglect

Date: 07/2018 Category: Policy and Legislation

The Social Care Institute for Excellence and National Institute for Health and Care Excellence have published a joint quick guide on therapeutic interventions for children experiencing abuse and neglect. The guide is for practitioners and managers supporting children, young people and families and has been launched alongside a fully interactive web resource. It outlines the different interventions that can be used after physical abuse, emotional abuse and neglect, and sexual abuse for children and young people aged between 0 and 17 years old. Guidance is provided on attachment-based interventions, child-parent psychotherapy, multi-systemic therapy, trauma-informed interventions and therapeutic programmes.
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A More Active Scotland: Scotland's Physical Activity Delivery Plan

Date: 07/2018 Category: Policy and Legislation

Scottish Government plan outlining the actions that they and partner organisations will take to support and enable people in Scotland to be more physically active. Actions for children and young people include encouraging more pupils to take part in activity, with more opportunities for sport in schools and after schools, a commitment to become the first Daily Mile Nation, focusing on outdoor learning as part of the pledge to increase the provision of free early learning and childcare, and developing the physical confidence and competence of children and young people.
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Guidance to support delivery of the Living Wage Commitment to Care at Home and Housing Support

Date: 07/2018 Category: Policy and Legislation

A tripartite document informed and agreed by Scottish Government, COSLA, CCPS and Scottish Care on behalf of providers to support local authorities and providers to help implement the Living Wage commitment in adult social care
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A Healthier Future: Scotland’s Diet & Healthy Weight Delivery Plan A Healthier Future: Scotland’s Diet & Healthy Weight Delivery Plan

Date: 07/2018 Category: Policy and Legislation

A delivery plan setting out how the Scottish Government, together with partners across the public and private sector, will help everybody in Scotland make healthier choices about food
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The Experience of the Experienced

Date: 06/2018 Category: Policy and Legislation

Scottish Care report on the independent social care workforce, exploring the employment journeys of experienced and older individuals working in nursing home, care home, care at home and housing support organisations. The report is based on interviews with nine social care workers, aged 41 – 71 years old, who have either entered the care sector later in life or have worked in the sector for a long time.
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Your choice of home in later life

Date: 06/2018 Category: Policy and Legislation

Age Scotland guide, which aims to help older people plan for their future housing needs while they have the financial and practical capability to do so. The dementia friendly booklet is designed to assist people to navigate the wide range of housing options available, direct them to extra help and support, and offer practical checklists for those looking to rent or buy.
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