Third sector

  1. 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.

  2. Learning Disabilities, Autism and Neurodivergence Bill: consultation

    We are committed to protecting, respecting and championing the rights of people with learning disabilities and neurodivergent people. This consultation on proposals for a Learning Disabilities, Autism and Neurodivergence Bill seeks the views of everyone on how we can do this.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Historic forced adoption - scoping study: final report

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

  6. Scottish Household Survey 2022: Key Findings

    Selected findings from the 2022 Scottish Household Survey, organised by topic area.

  7. Access to information rights consultation: response

    Scottish Government response to the 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.

  8. CashBack for Communities phase 6: equality impact assessment

    Equality impact assessment (EQIA) to consider the impacts on equality of the development of policy for phase 6 of the Cashback for Communities programme. The programme uses money recovered under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 to fund projects for children and young people.

  9. 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.

  10. Taking Stock: report on progress towards a cyber resilient Scotland

    Our vision is for Scotland to be a cyber resilient nation. This report reviews strategic activities since 2015 to improve the cyber resilience of Scotland’s citizens and our public, private and third sectors, while also setting out priorities for the future.

  11. 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.

  12. Children and Young People's Mental Health and Wellbeing Joint Delivery Board: final report

    This report summarises the work of the Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Joint Delivery Board which was co-chaired by COSLA and Scottish Government. The Board oversaw reform across areas that impact on the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people.

  13. Cyber resilience and the third sector - risks, challenges and opportunities: research report

    This research has been commissioned to provide the Scottish Government with an insight into the current and future cyber resilience challenges of the Scottish Third Sector.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

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

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

  17. National Islands Plan review: consultation

    We are consulting on a review of the National Islands Plan, published in 2019. This review is required by the Islands (Scotland) Act 2018. We are seeking views on the impact and content of the current National Islands Plan.

  18. Cashback for Communities phase 6: children's rights and wellbeing impact assessment

    Children's rights and wellbeing impact assessment for phase 6 of the CashBack for Communities programme.

  19. Cashback for Communities phase 6: island communities impact assessment

    Island communities impact assessment for the CashBack for Communities programme.

  20. Connecting Scotland phase 3 - digital support for employability: evaluation

    A report based on primary research with people receiving digital support in phase 3 of the Connecting Scotland programme. Support provided in this phase aimed to improve participants' employability.

  21. National Islands Plan: implementation route map 2023

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

  22. 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.

  23. Community Climate Action Hubs: response analysis

    Scottish Government received 70 responses from third sector and community groups in response to the Climate Action Hub programme announced in 2020. Two pathfinder hubs were identified and the information was used to shape the programme.

  24. 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

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. Victims, Witnesses, and Justice Reform (Scotland) Bill: business and regulatory impact assessment

    This impact assessment looks at the costs and benefits of the Victims, Witnesses, and Justice Reform (Scotland) Bill that affect the public, private and third sector.

  29. Fair Work Action Plan 2022 and Anti-Racist Employment Strategy 2022: Fairer Scotland duty assessment

    Fairer Scotland Duty Assessment (FSDA) of the Fair Work Action Plan 2022 and Anti-Racist Employment Strategy 2022.

  30. Fair Work Action Plan 2022 and Anti-Racist Employment Strategy 2022: island communities impact assessment

    Island Communities Impact Assessment (ICIA) of the Fair Work Action Plan 2022 and Anti-Racist Employment Strategy 2022.

  31. 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.

  32. Fair Work Action Plan 2022 and Anti-Racist Employment Strategy 2022: equality impact assessment

    Equality Impact Assessment (EQIA) of the Fair Work Action Plan 2022 and Anti-Racist Employment Strategy 2022.

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

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

  34. Social Security - Scottish Carer's Assistance consultation: Scottish Government response - easy read

    Easy read version of the Scottish Government response to the Scottish Carer's Assistance consultation carried out between 28 February 2022 and 25 May 2022.

  35. Donating medical equipment: report

    This report by the Chief Medical Officer reviews the standards required for medical equipment donations to low- and middle-income countries. It includes a 10 step guide to the donation journey and links to key guidance.

  36. 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.

  37. Welcome to Scotland: a guide for Service personnel and their families - updated 2023

    Welcome to Scotland is a guide to support service personnel and their families upon their move to Scotland. Due to the moving nature of service personnel and their families they can be transferred to different bases. This booklet gives key information on what to expect when moving to Scotland.

  38. National Islands Plan Annual Report 2022

    The Islands (Scotland) Act 2018 requires that a report is presented to Parliament each year setting out the progress made towards delivery of the National Islands Plan. This report sets out progress made during the 2022 reporting year.

  39. 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.

  40. 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.

  41. National Events Strategy Review: Easy Read version

    Easy Read version of consultation to help shape the review of Scotland's National Events Strategy.

  42. National events strategy review: consultation - Gaelic version

    Gaelic version of consultation to help shape the review of Scotland's national events strategy.

  43. National events strategy review: consultation

    Scotland's National events strategy is being reviewed and updated. This will extend its term to the end of 2035. This survey provides everyone with a role in Scotland’s world-class event industry the chance to shape the sector’s updated strategy.

  44. National events strategy review: business and regulatory impact assessment - partial

    Partial business and regulatory impact assessment (BRIA) for the consultation to help shape the review of Scotland's national events strategy.

  45. Faith and belief engagement strategy

    Sets out our vision for engagement with Scotland’s diverse faith and belief communities; the aims and outcomes of improved engagement; and the principles underpinning good engagement.

  46. Young Person's Guarantee: update report March 2023

    The report highlights progress over the 2 years of the Young Person’s Guarantee and also sets out the direction of travel going forward.

  47. 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.

  48. Scotland's Blue Economy: current status review

    Describes our starting position in the transition to adopting a Blue Economy approach to marine sectors, communities, and the environment. It provides us with the foundation to consider how we can track our progress and determine if significant and lasting change is occurring.

  49. 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.

  50. Charities Bill published

    Improvements and updates to increase transparency and accountability.

  51. Launch of Scotland’s Volunteering Action Plan

    Increasing opportunities across Scotland’s communities.

  52. Investment in tackling child poverty

    Supporting low income households.

  53. Support for Ukrainians

    Funding announced for advice services.

  54. Advice on household finances

    Online support for people facing financial difficulties.

  55. Scottish Veterans Fund opens

    £500,000 to help former Armed Forces personnel.

  56. 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.

  57. Prehabilitation for cancer patients

    £270,000 pilot scheme gives pre-treatment support.

  58. ‘Scotland is a better country because you are here’ - FM

    Failure to extend EU Settlement Scheme deadline ‘unacceptable’.

  59. New plan for Social Enterprises

    Additional investment of more than £5 million.

  60. Helping communities recover from the pandemic

    Commitment to tackle inequality.

  61. Connecting Scotland

    Investment in digital inclusion exceeds £48 million.

  62. Third Sector Growth Fund

    £30 million for charities and social enterprise.

  63. Youth volunteering guidelines

    Guidelines to help the third sector, community groups and partners in the public and private sector offer practical and effective volunteering opportunities to young people.

  64. Tackling food insecurity and poverty

    Response to United Nations call for urgent action.

  65. EU funding threat for Scottish youth work

    Doubt over the future of Erasmus+ casts shadow over sector.

  66. Wellbeing Fund: analysis of awards

    Analysis of the data on applications and awards made through the Wellbeing Fund Open Application Process and the Small Grants Fund. These funds were part of the Scottish Government’s initial 350 million overall package of funding support to communities, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

  67. Third Sector Resilience Fund (TSRF): analysis of applications and wards

    Analysis of the data on applications to the Third Sector Resilience Fund (TSRF) and the awards made through the fund.

  68. Food for homeless and people at risk

    Demand for food packs highlights impact of the pandemic.

  69. Urgent call for charity funding clarity

    UK Government pressed on £10 million gap.

  70. Wellbeing Fund open for bids

    Charities invited to apply for cash help.

  71. Children, Young People and Families Early Intervention and Adult Learning and Empowering Communities Fund evaluation: final report

    Final report of the evaluation of the CYFEI and ALEC Fund.

  72. Children, Young People and Families Early Intervention and Adult Learning and Empowering Communities Fund evaluation: research findings

    Research findings from the evaluation of the CYPFEI and ALEC Fund.

  73. New £11.5 million fund to tackle poverty and inequality

    Empowering local communities.

  74. Supporting communities to deliver change

    Social programmes to share £1.8 million funding.

  75. New fund to improve benefit take-up

    Support for third sector organisations delivering Scotland’s new benefits system.

  76. £1 million for social enterprises

    Rural communities to benefit from digital hub.

  77. Business support for social enterprises

    More funding for free advice service.

  78. Supporting social enterprises

    A new £17 million fund launches. 

  79. Families and community learning

    Funding to improve the lives of children and young people.

  80. Volunteering for all

    Widening access and opportunities to volunteer.

  81. Support for Venezuelan Migrants in Colombia

    Humanitarian Emergency Fund activated.

  82. £2 million for Highland communities

    New funding for local services.  

  83. Consultation on Charity Law

    Increasing trust and transparency in the sector.

  84. Fund benefits one million

    Children and family organisations to benefit from extension.

  85. Supporting Scotland's social enterprises

    Looking back on a year of investment.

  86. Preventing violence against women

    Debate to mark international 16 Days of Activism.

  87. Evaluation of Third Sector Interface network model and Voluntary Action Scotland: executive summary

    Executive summary of the evaluation of Scotland’s Third Sector Interface (TSI) network model and Voluntary Action Scotland (VAS).

  88. Third Sector Interface network model and Voluntary Action Scotland: evaluation

    Independent evaluation of Scotland’s Third Sector Interface (TSI) network model and Voluntary Action Scotland (VAS).

  89. Scotland's Social Enterprise Strategy 2016-2026

    A ten-year, national social enterprise strategy, which sets out our shared ambitions for social enterprise in Scotland, jointly developed with the sector.

  90. Third sector interfaces: common values, approaches and services

    This common services framework for third sector interfaces outlines the core services that all third sector interfaces should provide.

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