1. Child protection learning and development 2024: national framework

    Framework to support multi-agency learning and development relevant to child protection in Scotland. This highlights key learning for all workforces according to the level of responsibility they have for child protection.

  2. Research - paying participant expenses and compensating for time: guidance

    Guidance on paying participant expenses and time, to help you to make decisions about paying the expenses and compensating people for time involved in research and participatory activity.

  3. Councillors' remuneration and expenses: recommendations

    Scottish Local Authorities Remuneration Committee (SLARC) was reconvened in April 2023 to undertake an independent review of councillor remuneration, having last reported in 2011.

  4. Prostitution - challenging and deterring men's demand: strategic approach

    Sets our our collective approach, working with stakeholders across the wider public and third sector, to challenge and deter men’s demand for prostitution and support those with experience of it.

  5. Scottish Islands Typology: overview 2024

    This report outlines the Scottish Islands Typology (2024). It classifies Scotland’s islands into ten categories based on combinations of population, access to local amenities, and access to mainland Scotland. It offers an alternative way to compare the differences and similarities between islands.

  6. Rural Scotland Data Dashboard: Overview

    This report accompanies the Rural Scotland Data Dashboard which presents data on a range of issues that impact rural Scotland. The report synthesises the data included in the dashboard into a broader picture of successes, challenges and trends in rural Scotland.

  7. Scottish Languages Bill: Fairer Scotland Duty summary

    Fairer Scotland Duty Summary for the Scottish Languages Bill. This is legislation to advance the status of, and provision for, the Gaelic and Scots languages.

  8. Scottish Languages Bill: island communities impact assessment

    Island communities impact assessment for the Scottish Languages Bill. This is legislation to advance the status of, and provision for, the Gaelic and Scots languages.

  9. Scottish Languages Bill: equality impact assessment

    Equality impact assessment for the Scottish Languages Bill. This is legislation which seeks to advance the status of, and provision for, the Gaelic and Scots languages.

  10. Historic forced adoption - scoping study: research findings

    A summary of findings from research to scope the support needs of people affected by historic forced adoption in Scotland.

  11. Historic forced adoption - scoping study: service delivery paper

    Research report identifying critical factors to consider when designing services for people affected by historic forced adoption in Scotland.

  12. Historic forced adoption - scoping study: final report

    Research to scope the support needs of people affected by historic forced adoption in Scotland.

  13. Wellbeing and Sustainable Development Bill: consultation

    We are seeking views on our proposed Wellbeing and Sustainable Development Bill, which aims to improve decision making and the implementation of the National Performance Framework to ensure that all policy and delivery accounts for wellbeing and sustainable development.

  14. Wellbeing and Sustainable Development Bill: consultation - easy read

    We want to hear from people about how we can make sure that the National Outcomes, sustainable development and wellbeing are thought about in public sector decision making. This document describes our proposals in this area.

  15. Findings from a Peer Support and Learning Group pilot to support Trauma Informed Practice in Adult Social Care

    This project explores whether a facilitated Peer Support and Learning (PSL) Group model is an effective method of supporting the implementation of trauma-informed and responsive practice in the adult social care sector, with a focus on residential care home settings.

  16. National Trauma Transformation Programme: Trauma-Informed Substance Use Pathfinders – Learning Report

    Commissioned as part of the National Trauma Transformation Programme (NTTP), this report presents the findings from two trauma-informed substance use service pathfinders projects.

  17. National Trauma Transformation Programme: Trauma-Informed Maternity Services Pathfinders - Learning Report

    Commissioned as part of the National Trauma Transformation Programme (NTTP), this report presents the findings from two trauma-informed maternity services pathfinder projects.

  18. Mapping Of Professional Qualification Routes and Continuous Professional Learning Opportunities relating to Psychological Trauma, in the Children and Families Workforce

    Commissioned as part of the National Trauma Transformation Programme, this research aimed to map the learner journeys of five sectors of the Children and Families workforce including School Nursing, Health Visiting, Children and Families Social Work, Residential Childcare and Secure Care.

  19. Scotland's recovery from COVID-19: learning

    This report was developed with the Covid-19 Learning & Evaluation Oversight Group. It synthesises evidence from evaluations of Covid-19 interventions and workshops with senior leaders held over summer 2023. The findings reflect work being progressed as part of wider public service reform activity.

  20. Education Bill provisions: consultation

    A consultation on a new national qualifications body and a new approach to inspection of education in Scotland, including elements of the proposed Education Bill.

  21. Social Security (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill: island communities impact assessment

    This island communities impact assessment (ICIA) records the rationale for the decision taken not to carry out an island communities impact assessment for the Social Security (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill.

  22. Social Security (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill: data protection impact assessment

    This data protection impact assessment (DPIA) considers the potential impacts of the Social Security (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill on the use of personal data.

  23. Social Security (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill: business and regulatory impact assessment

    This business and regulatory impact assessment (BRIA) considers the potential impacts of the Social Security (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill on the public, private and third sector.

  24. Social Security (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill: equality impact assessment

    This equality impact assessment (EQIA) considers the potential impacts of the Social Security (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill on people with protected characteristics as defined in the Equality Act 2010

  25. Social Security (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill: FSDIA

    This document considers the potential impacts of the Social Security (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill on inequalities of outcome caused by socio-economic disadvantage.

  26. Social Security (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill: child rights and wellbeing impact assessment

    This child rights and wellbeing impact assessment (CRWIA) considers the potential impacts of the Social Security (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill on children's rights and wellbeing.

  27. Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 - exercise of section 5 power: report

    Report on the use made by the Scottish Ministers of their powers under section 5 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 to extend coverage of the FOI legislation between November 2021 and October 2023.

  28. Support for the Veterans and Armed Forces Community 2023

    This report highlights our continuing support for the Veterans and Armed Forces community in Scotland and provides an update on this year’s achievements and work undertaken to improve support and access to services for our Armed Forces, Veterans and their families.

  29. National Guidance for Child Protection in Scotland 2021 - updated 2023

    This guidance describes the responsibilities and expectations for all involved in protecting children and will support the care and protection of children.

  30. Strengthening local democracy

    Second phase of Democracy Matters national conversation.

  31. Democracy matters phase 2 consultation - local governance review

    This document provides the basis for a second phase of deliberation on the future community decision-making. Have your say on local communities deciding their own future.

  32. Democracy Matters Phase 2 Consultation: Easy Read

    Easy read version of the Democracy Matters Phase 2 discussion document containing questions for communities to consider about future scenarios for local decision making in different settings. Have your say on local communities deciding their own future.

  33. Draft Disability Assistance for Older People (Scotland) Regulations 2024: Draft Island Communities Impact Assessment

    A draft Island Communities Impact Assessment (ICIA) considering the draft Disability Assistance for Older People (Scotland) Regulations 2024 in relation to their impacts on people living in the Islands under Section 8 of the Islands (Scotland) Act 2018.

  34. Draft Disability Assistance for Older People (Scotland) Regulations 2024: Draft Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment

    A draft Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment (BRIA) considering the impact of the draft Disability Assistance for Older People (Scotland) Regulations 2024 on businesses, including the third sector.

  35. Draft Disability Assistance for Older People (Scotland) Regulations 2024

    Draft regulations setting out the rules and eligibility criteria for Pension Age Disability Payment.

  36. Local Government 2022-23 Provisional Outturn and 2023-24 Budget Estimates

    This publication summarises the 2022-23 provisional outturn and 2023-24 budget estimates for revenue and capital services provided by Scottish local authorities.

  37. Fairer Council Tax: consultation

    The Scottish Government and COSLA (on behalf of local government) are inviting responses to this consultation on a fairer council tax system, which concerns the Council Tax charges (also referred to as multipliers) for properties in valuation Bands E to H.

  38. National Islands Plan: implementation route map 2023

    Details how we will deliver on the commitments in the National Islands Plan, over the coming year.

  39. Resilience committee to discuss potential junior doctors’ industrial action

    SGoRR will meet on Monday to consider contingency planning options.

  40. Access to information rights: consultation analysis

    Analysis of responses our consultation on Access to Information Rights in Scotland. We sought views on the operation of the access to information rights regime following post-legislative scrutiny of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

  41. National Litter and Flytipping Strategy

    The National Litter and Flytipping Strategy sets out a refreshed approach to tackling litter and flytipping in order to protect and enhance Scotland’s environment; ensure safer and cleaner communities and contribute to a thriving circular economy for Scotland.

  42. Litter and flytipping strategy: fairer Scotland duty summary

    A summary of the fairer Scotland duty assessment undertaken for the national litter and flytipping strategy.

  43. Litter and flytipping strategy: final business and regulatory impact assessment

    The results of the final business and regulatory impact assessment (BRIA) undertaken for the national litter and flytipping strategy.

  44. Litter and flytipping strategy: equality impact assessment

    Results of the equality impact assessment (EQIA) undertaken for the national litter and flytipping strategy.

  45. Litter and flytipping strategy: strategic environment assessment - post adoption statement

    A strategic environmental assessment post adoption statement setting out how responses to the assessment have been taken into account for the national litter and flytipping strategy.

  46. Litter and flytipping: scale and cost

    This report updates data referenced in the previous National Litter Strategy (2014) on the scale and cost of litter and flytipping in Scotland to inform the national litter and flytipping strategy (2023).

  47. Enablers and barriers to trauma-informed systems, organisations and workforces: evidence review

    Findings of a rapid evidence review of the international literature published between 2016-2022 describing the enablers that support the effective implementation of trauma-informed approaches across different systems, organisations and workforces, as well as barriers.

  48. Infrastructure Investment Plan 2021-22 to 2025-26: programme pipeline update - March 2023

    This pipeline provides information relating to key major infrastructure programmes with an investment of £20 million or more included at Annex D of our Infrastructure Investment Plan, published in February 2021.

  49. Time Space Compassion - supporting people who are having a suicidal crisis: guide - easy read

    Easy read version of the Time Space Compassion introductory guide to supporting people in suicidal crisis. It has been developed for use by people and services who regularly come into contact and support people in suicidal crisis.

  50. New dementia strategy for Scotland: Everyone's Story

    The new Dementia Strategy for Scotland is a 10-year vision for change. This strategy was developed in collaboration with people with lived experience and our wider partners. It is the culmination of eight months of engagement with people across Scotland, focussed on how we improve delivery

  51. Tackling child poverty pathfinders: evaluability assessment

    An evaluability assessment of the Child Poverty Pathfinders in Glasgow and Dundee to inform the development of an evaluation plan for the Pathfinder approach. Includes an evaluability assessment report and accompanying theories of change and initial monitoring framework to support evaluation.

  52. Child poverty pathfinders - early implementation process: evaluation

    This report explores the early set-up and implementation of the Child Poverty Pathfinders. The research uses in-depth qualitative findings to understand what has been working well and what has been working less well during the development stage.

  53. Victim Notification Scheme (VNS): independent review

    Report of the independent review of the Victim Notification Scheme (VNS). The VNS provides eligible victims information about an offender’s release, and the chance to make representations about parole decisions.

  54. Victim Notification Scheme (VNS): independent review - easy read

    Easy read version of the report of the independent review of the Victim Notification Scheme (VNS). The VNS provides eligible victims information about an offender’s release, and the chance to make representations about parole decisions.

  55. Public procurement strategy: 2023 to 2028

    The first Public Procurement Strategy for Scotland provides a future high-level vision and roadmap for Scottish public procurement which all public sector bodies can align to and deliver against.

  56. Local living and 20 minute neighbourhoods - planning guidance: consultation

    We are seeking views on this draft guidance on local living and 20 minute neighbourhoods to support the implementation of National Planning Framework 4 (NPF4).

  57. Local living and 20 minute neighbourhoods - draft guidance consultation: impact assessment report update

    The impact assessment report update relates to the consultation on our draft guidance on local living and 20 minute neighbourhoods, produced to support the fourth National Planning Framework (NPF4).

  58. Equality outcomes and mainstreaming report 2023: easy read

    Provides an easy read update on the progress we are making to mainstreaming equality, inclusion, and human rights as an employer and decision-maker. It also provides an update on the equality outcomes for the 2021 to 2025 reporting period.

  59. Equality outcomes and mainstreaming report 2023

    Provides an update on the progress we are making to mainstreaming equality, inclusion, and human rights as an employer and decision-maker. It also provides an update on the equality outcomes for the 2021 to 2025 reporting period.

  60. Victims, Witnesses, and Justice Reform (Scotland) Bill: island communities impact assessment

    Records the decision not to carry out an island communities impact assessment for the Victims, Witnesses, and Justice Reform (Scotland) Bill. It explains why the Bill will not have a significantly different effect on island communities and describes how this assessment has been made.

  61. Fair Work Action Plan 2022 and Anti-Racist Employment Strategy 2022: child rights and wellbeing impact assessment

    Child rights and wellbeing impact assessment (CRWIA) of the Fair Work Action Plan 2022 and Anti-Racist Employment Strategy 2022.

  62. Fair Work action plan 2022 and Anti-Racist Employment Strategy 2022: business and regulatory impact assessment

    Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment (BRIA) of the Fair Work Action Plan 2022 and Anti-Racist Employment Strategy 2022.

  63. Scottish Household Survey 2021 - telephone survey: key findings

    A summary of the key findings from the Scottish Household Survey 2021 telephone survey.

  64. Equality, opportunity, community: New leadership - A fresh start

    This publication sets out the First Minister’s vision for Scotland and the outcomes he and his government aim to achieve by 2026.

  65. Social security system - enhanced administration and compensation recovery: consultation analysis

    An independent analysis of responses to the consultation ‘Scotland’s social security system: enhanced administration and compensation recovery’ which ran from 4 August 2022 to 27 October 2022.

  66. Social security: consultation results - easy read

    This report is about the results of the social security consultation which ran from 4 August 2022 to 27 October 2022. The consultation asked for your views on ideas to make social security in Scotland even better.

  67. Institutionalising Participatory and Deliberative Democracy working group recommendations: Scottish Government response

    Scottish Government response to the IPDD working group recommendations on how Scotland can establish infrastructure for high quality participatory and deliberative engagements.

  68. Fair Work First guidance

    Fair Work First guidance for organisations seeking and awarding public sector grants, contracts and other funding – applies to grants awarded on or after 1 July 2023 and eligible agriculture grants awarded on or after 1 April 2024.

  69. Minimum Income Guarantee Expert Group: interim report - easy read

    Easy read version of an interim report outlines the group’s work so far and provides a summary of possible steps towards a Minimum Income Guarantee.

  70. Minimum Income Guarantee Expert Group: interim report

    This interim report provides an outline of the group’s work to date towards defining a Minimum Income Guarantee, the context in which the policy is being developed, provide a high-level overview of direction and early thinking towards potential actions.

  71. Public sector pay strategy 2023 to 2024

    Public sector pay strategy for the year 2023 to 2024 which applies to staff in the Scottish Government and its associated departments, agencies, non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs) and public corporations.

  72. Calls for targeted cost of living support

    Chancellor should use “full range of powers”.

  73. Disability and Carer Benefits Expert Advisory Group - beyond a safe and secure transfer: advice

    This proactive advice outlines a number of recommendations the Disability and Carer Benefits Expert Advisory Group made on the additional positive impact which disability and carer’s assistance could make, following the safe and secure transfer of all clients on to new forms of Scottish assistance.

  74. Scottish local government finance - Green Book: 2023-2024

    Scottish Local Government Finance Settlement 2023-24: Funding Allocation Formula.

  75. Scotland's journey of achieving sustainable procurement outcomes 2002-2022: independent review

    An independent review that looks back over the past twenty years of sustainable public procurement in Scotland and other parts of the UK. The findings showcase how the progressive approach to sustainable procurement in Scotland has achieved jobs, training and other positive outcomes.

  76. Transitions to adulthood for disabled young people: literature review - easy read

    Easy read version of the literature review, commissioned by the Scottish Government, of existing research and evidence on disabled young people’s experiences of transitions to adulthood.

  77. A social contract with Scotland

    Final stage of 2023-24 Budget Bill.

  78. Participation Framework

    This Framework provides a guide to good practice in participation work across Scottish Government. It provides information about participatory methods and when to use them, the development of an effective participation strategy, and signposts to further resources.

  79. Reforming the UK packaging producer responsibility system: Partial Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment (BRIA)

    A partial Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment (BRIA) for proposed secondary legislation which forms part of the introduction of extended producer responsibility (EPR) for packaging.

  80. Improving access to public information

    Consultation on reform launches.

  81. Council Tax Reduction supports over 450,000 households

    An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland.

  82. Programme and project management principles

    Guidance on our principled approach to project delivery which is applicable to any project of any size.

  83. Strokes: progressive stroke pathway

    The progressive stroke pathway, produced by the National Advisory Committee for Stroke (NACS), sets out a vision of what progressive stroke care in Scotland should comprise.

  84. New vision for justice

    Victims placed at the heart of ensuring just, safe, and resilient communities.

  85. Scottish Household Survey – 2020 telephone survey

    Experimental Statistics: Data being developed.

  86. Fairer Scotland Duty: guidance for public bodies

    Statutory guidance for public sector bodies subject to the Fairer Scotland Duty to help them actively consider how they can reduce inequalities of outcome caused by socio-economic disadvantage, when making strategic decisions.

  87. Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights - anti-racist policy making: review

    Findings of a research programme into Scottish race equality strategies since 2000. The Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights (CRER) was commissioned to support the implementation of this review, with a focus on exploring opportunities for better practice.

  88. Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights - anti-racist policy making: review summary

    Briefing report providing a small selection of highlights for strategic policy making from the 128 page Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights (CRER) review report. It concentrates on two particular aspects – anti-racist principles for effective practice and learning for specific policy areas.

  89. Race equality: immediate priorities plan

    Progress made on the actions taken to implement the recommendations of the Expert Reference Group for COVID-19 and Ethnicity, and continuing work on race equality across government.

  90. Local place plans - proposals for regulations: consultation

    This consultation paper relates to proposals for regulations on the content, preparation, submission and registration of Local Place Plans.

  91. Delivery of critical NHS supplies

    Flight brings vital equipment from China to Scotland.

  92. Free hospital TV for patients

    Charges covered for three months.

  93. Funding for digital mental health services

    Additional £3.8 million to expand support.

  94. Central estate: strategy

    Sets out key objectives, underlying principles and measures of success for the central estate.

  95. CivTech 4.0 Demo Day

    Showcasing public sector innovation.

  96. Adult support and protection improvement plan 2019-2022

    Plan to complement and strengthen local adult support and protection improvement activity, provide assurance and identify future areas for improvement so that adults at risk of harm in Scotland are supported and protected.

  97. Royal Hospital for Children and Young People: independent assessment of governance arrangements

    An independent assessment, by KPMG LLP, of the governance arrangements surrounding NHS Lothian's Royal Hospital for Children and Young People.

  98. Local Governance Review - public service governance: analysis of responses

    An analysis of the responses received following the ask of public sector organisations to suggest alternative arrangements for public service governance as part of the first engagement phase of the Local Governance Review.

  99. Local Governance Review: analysis of responses to Democracy Matters

    An analysis of the responses received during the Democracy Matters engagement phase of the Local Governance Review.

  100. Increasing support for those with autism

    Improving awareness and diagnosis.

  101. Positive feedback for maternity services

    Maternity Care Survey 2018 publishes.  

  102. Plan for quicker cancer diagnosis

    Steps to shorten waiting times for patients.

  103. Review of the Mental Health Act

    Future direction of mental health and incapacity legislation.  

  104. Support for people with eating disorders

    New guidelines for clinicians in Scotland.

  105. Support to reduce waiting times

    Waiting Times Improvement Plan funding awarded.

  106. Latest report on NHS Tayside

    Further progress made in key areas.

  107. First major trauma centre opens

    Aberdeen leads the way for Scotland's Trauma Network.

  108. Patient satisfaction at record high

    Results of national survey.

  109. Police Officer Quarterly Strength Statistics Scotland, 30 June 2018

    An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland.

  110. £1.35 million for trauma training

    New national programme to be created.

  111. Recommendations to strengthen progress on FOI handling

    Scottish Information Commissioner outlines steps to build on ‘significant improvements’.

  112. Extra funding for suicide prevention

    Leadership group to deliver innovation fund.

  113. Scottish Government Workforce Statistics March 2018

    An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland

  114. The consequence of UK choices on Scotland

    Finance Secretary calls on UK Government to change course on austerity, immigration and Brexit.

  115. Measures to improve NHS performance

    Funding to support patient care.

  116. A&E waiting times improve

    Health Secretary thanks staff but highlights continuing winter pressures.

  117. A&E waiting times

    Figures show effect of flu rates and winter pressures.

  118. Scotland’s Budget

    Investing in the NHS, protecting low earners, backing Scotland’s economy.

  119. Local Governance Review

    Review to strengthen local decision making. 

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