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Helping me make choices about how best to take part in my Children's Hearing

Date: 12/2015 Category: Policy and Legislation

A new guidance note for adults working with and caring for children and young people who are involved in the Children’s Hearings System has been published by the Children's Hearings Improvement Partnership (CHIP). The document ‘Helping Me Make Choices’ has been published by the CHIP based on feedback about the Children’s Hearings System from children and young people. The CHIP has prepared the guidance note for adults working with and caring for children and young people who are involved in the Children’s Hearings System.
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Scottish Government Response to an Independent Review of the Scottish Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) and Out of School Care (OSC) Workforce

Date: 12/2015 Category: Policy and Legislation

The Scottish Government has published its response to Professor Iram Siraj’s Independent Review of the Scottish Early Learning and Childcare and Out of School Care Workforce. A strategic group looking at issues around quality and workforce is to be established, as recommended by the review, and the Scottish Government will work with the group to look at the existing suite of qualifications to establish if there is a need for any change to both the content of those and the range of qualifications and routes into the sector which are available.
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Clinical and care governance across integrated services: what needs to be in place at a strategic level?

Date: 12/2015 Category: Policy and Legislation

This document is primarily designed for nurses who are professional members of integration joint boards (IJBs), to highlight things to look for and questions to raise to ensure there are robust clinical and care governance arrangements in place across health and social care integration.
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Space to Think - Lessons and Impact of the IVY Project

Date: 12/2015 Category: Policy and Legislation

The Centre for Youth and Criminal Justice (CYCJ) has published an evaluation of a project to promote best practice in forensic mental health risk assessment and management for young people who present a serious risk of harm to others. Established in 2013, the Interventions for Vulnerable Youth (IVY) project is a specialist psychological and social work service designed to provide a multi-disciplinary tiered approach to risk assessment, formulation and management for high risk young people who present with complex psychological needs and high risk behaviour in terms of their violent conduct.
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Developing the Third Sector’s Role in Health and Social Care Integration

Date: 12/2015 Category: Policy and Legislation

Voluntary Action Scotland (VAS) has published a handbook on the role of the third sector, in particular Third Sector Interfaces (TSIs), and their involvement in the process of health and social care integration. The handbook pulls together information from a wide range of sources to help TSIs understand “what is happening, how the process is being structured, and how they can, with their partners, shape their future role”.
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Talking about sex, sexuality and relationships - Guidance and standards For those working with young people with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions

Date: 12/2015 Category: Policy and Legislation

The Open University in partnership with the charity Together for Short Lives has published guidance for practitioners to support young people with life-threatening or life-limiting conditions who want to explore their sexuality and develop relationships. The publication provides guidance and standards for health, social care and education practitioners to help break down taboos around disabled young people and sexuality and to help professionals develop communication skills and confidence in exploring sexuality for young people both safely and legally.
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Pulling Together - transforming urgent care for the people of Scotland

Date: 11/2015 Category: Policy and Legislation

The Scottish Government has published the Report of the Independent Review of Primary Care Out of Hours Services, chaired by Professor Sir Lewis Ritchie, to assess the long term future of primary care out-of-hours (OOH) services. The review makes 28 overarching recommendations, including a proposed new model of OOH care and urgent care services involving the establishment of ‘Urgent Care Resource Hubs’.
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Equally Protected- A review of the evidence on the physical punishment of children

Date: 11/2015 Category: Policy and Legislation

A review of evidence on the physical punishment of children has been published by a group of children’s organisations in Scotland. The ‘Equally Protected?’ report, commissioned by NSPCC Scotland, Children 1st, Barnardo’s Scotland and the Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland, cites evidence suggesting that physical punishment damages children's wellbeing and carries the risk of escalation into physical abuse.
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Mental Health Legislation: Detention in Conditions of Excessive Security

Date: 11/2015 Category: Policy and Legislation

The Scottish Government has published non-statutory guidance on detention in conditions of excess security for doctors, mental health officers, approved medical practitioners, and other professionals exercising statutory functions under the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003. The guidance deals with issues in relation to the excessive security provisions relating to Chapter 3 of Part 17 (sections 264 to 273) of the 2003 Act, as amended by the Mental Health (Scotland) Act 2015, and the Mental Health Detention in Conditions of Excessive Security) (Scotland) Regulations 2015
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Corporate Parenting Enabling Implementation Part 9

Date: 11/2015 Category: Policy and Legislation

CELCIS has published the first in a series of ‘implementation notes’ to assist in the implementation and enactment of a specific duty (or a set of duties) included in Part 9 (Corporate Parenting) of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 (the Act). The paper provides a six-step process to help corporate parents put in place the elements needed for effective implementation of the legislation.
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Families of Prisoners - A Review of the Evidence

Date: 11/2015 Category: Policy and Legislation

The Centre for Youth and Criminal Justice (CYCJ) has published a paper drawing on academic research and published reports to present a summary of research into the needs and experiences of children and families of prisoners; the impact of imprisonment on family relationships; and the role that families play in supporting the reintegration process.
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Getting it right for looked after children and young people: Early engagement, early permanence, and improving the quality of care

Date: 11/2015 Category: Policy and Legislation

The strategy includes a range of actions to improve outcomes for looked after children and young people based around three priority areas of work: early engagement; early permanence and improving the quality of care. Actions include the introduction of a degree qualification for residential staff and a mandatory learning and development framework for foster carers. The strategy also states that the Scottish Government will work with the Care Inspectorate “to consider how the inspection regime can support improvement around these priorities”.
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Convention on the Rights of Residents in Care Homes for Adults and Older People

Date: 11/2015 Category: Policy and Legislation

Scottish Care has launched a ‘Convention on the Rights of Residents in Care Homes for Adults and Older People’. Scottish Care has stated that they “believe that the Convention articles collectively express the basic and minimum rights that individual living in a care home should expect to achieve.”
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SurvivorScotland: Strategic Outcomes and Priorities 2015-17

Date: 11/2015 Category: Policy and Legislation

SurvivorScotland: Strategic Outcomes and Priorities sets out achievements to date, overarching aims and strategic outcomes for the future. The aims of the strategy are to raise awareness of childhood abuse and its consequences; improve resources and support for survivors; and develop a national approach to training and skills across the workforce. The strategic outcomes are to ensure for survivors of abuse: A Healthy Life; Choice and Control; and Safety and Security.
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