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The Dementia Carer Voices project has released a new report entitled 'The Caring Experience', which shares the results of a survey that captured the views and experiences of carers throughout Scotland. The project, managed at the ALLIANCE, created an online survey which provided a platform for carers to share their…
The new edition of the Scottish Journal of Residential Child Care is now available. It includes articles on: the education of looked after children the children’s hearings' system helping children in care cope with loss and change social enterprise as a model for residential child care. There is also the…
Adapting to the preventative agenda is one key challenge for the new integrated Health and Social Care Partnerships being established across Scotland. Their role is vital to the practical embedding of a preventative and anticipatory approach to the commissioning of services in future. Aiming to support this, the ALLIANCE has…
Alan Baird, Chief Social Work Adviser to the Scottish Government, shares his sector news and views in his brand new blog, Talking Social Services. Since my last blog, the new First Minister has announced a number of important ministerial changes including new Cabinet Secretaries in Education and Lifelong Learning, Health,…
If you are a foster carer, run a foster care agency or work in the foster care team at your local authority, then you could help to develop Scotland’s learning and development framework for foster carers. The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) are developing this framework which was informed by…
A report examined issues of social justice in the context of the debates around Scottish independence and today's referendum. The report drew together arguments regarding: a post-independence Scottish currency; economic development; the empowerment and security of wealth producers; fiscal powers to redistribute income; public services; and issues of democracy, human…
The Scottish Qualification Agency (SQA) have issued new guidance on several qualifications within the care sector. SVQ 4 Leadership and Management for Care Services With the development of the revised National Occupational Standards (NOS), SQA submitted a re-accreditation paper to be able to continue to offer this qualification. On 6…
It has been claimed that paradoxically, following the re-establishment of the Scottish Parliament in 1999, Scottish criminal justice policy, hitherto more liberal and less punitive than ‘south of the Border’, became more closely aligned with London-based policies. It has also been argued that the Scottish Nationalist Party (SNP) Scottish government…
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