Shetland Islands Council Scrutiny Report

We have now published our scrutiny report on Shetland Islands Council delivery of social work services.

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Report on care and permanence planning for looked after children

The Scottish Children's Reporter Administration (SCRA) has published a report on Care and Permanence Planning for Looked After Children in Scotland, as part of its work with the Looked After Children Strategic Implementation Group (LACSIG). 

This report looks at the pathways and decision-making processes through the care and court systems in Scotland for 100 looked after children from the point they were first identified as at risk, to the point of adoption or permanence.

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Time to Live Applications Now Open

The Scottish Government has made the Short Breaks Fund available to help support and sustain Scottish carers, including young carers and kinship carers, through enabling better access to short breaks or respite care.

The Time to Live strand of the Short Breaks Fund will provide funding to voluntary organisations within local authority areas which carers and those they support can access directly to enable them to have a short break.

Applications are now open and the deadline for applying is 5pm, 8 August 2011.

For more information, visit Short Breaks Fund or contact Christi Orr, the Short Breaks Fund Manager on 01383 622 462 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Involvement Review Consultation Survey

We are currently undertaking a review of involvement activities in SCSWIS and want to hear your views on how SCSWIS should engage with people, what you think will work and any experiences you have of good practice in involvement.

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Performance Improvement Handbook 2011-12 for local authority social work inspection

The handbook that SCSWIS uses for its inspection of local authority social work services has now been published on our website.

The Performance Improvement Handbook provides information and guidance on our approach to performance improvement. Performance improvement comprises: (1) the initial scrutiny level assessment (ISLA); (2) targeted and proportionate scrutiny responses to ISLA findings; and (3) assistance offered to local authorities in supporting self evaluation and improvement. This is the third edition of the handbook, covering the current year - 2011-12.

You can view and download the handbook by clicking here.

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