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Growing Up in Scotland new publication 'What parents say about children's health and professional support'

28 October 2010

GUS is an exciting new study that follows the lives of a national sample of Scotland's children from infancy through to their teens. This is one of the largest longitudinal studies ever done in Scotland and will provide information that will help develop policies affecting children and their families in Scotland.

The study is following 8,000 children annually. The second stage of GUS (2008-2013) has recently been commissioned by The Scottish Government. The Scottish Centre for Social Research (ScotCen) will continue to lead the study, in collaboration with CRFR at the University of Edinburgh and the MRC Social and Public Health Sciences Unit in Glasgow.

A copy of the latest publication 'What parents say about children's health and professional support' can be downloaded from http://www.crfr.ac.uk/gus/GUSforHealthVisitors.pdf

Consultation on Secure Care Accommodation Statistics Survey 2010/11 and 2011/12

24 October 2010

The proposal is that, in future, children looked after statistics will be combined with child protection and secure care accommodation statistics, and be published in the combined statistical publication titled "Children's Social Work Statistics". This used to be the case in previous years but was stopped due to timing issues that were impacting on the timely release of statistics.

The impact of this proposal is that:

The 2010/11 Secure Care Accommodation Survey would report on a 16-month period (i.e. April 2010 - July 2011)

The 2010/11 Secure Care Accommodation Statistics will be published together with 2010/11 Child Protection and 2010/11 Children Looked After Statistics in a combined "Children's Social Work Statistics" publication in February 2012.

The 2011/12 Secure Care Accommodation Survey would report on a 12-month period (i.e. August 2011 - July 2012)

The 2011/12 Secure Care Accommodation Statistics will be published together with 2011/12 Child Protection and 2011/12 Children Looked After Statistics in a combined "Children's Social Work Statistics" publication in February 2013.

The 2011/12 pattern would continue for subsequent years.

ScotStat are also in the process of drafting the survey form for 2011-12, and so would be grateful for any input from users of these statistics. The 2010-11 survey forms and guidance here: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Statistics/Browse/Children/SurveySecureAccommodation (this form is still based on the financial year and so any dates will change if it is moved to an academic year).

To submit your views on this proposal for 2010-11 and any input for the 2011-12 survey form and send your views to Charlie Hogg tel: 0131 244 0822, email: children.statistics@scotland.gov.uk or visit the website www.scotland.gov.uk/childrenstats . The deadline for submissions is Tuesday 26 October 2010.

Leadership in Scotland's Social Services help needed.

11 October 2010

Leadership in Scotland’s Social Services – help needed.

The University of Stirling is working with partners the Scottish Consortium for Learning Disability, the Service User and Carer Forum, and the Voluntary Sector Social Services Workforce Unit on a project commissioned by the Scottish Social Services Council to explore leadership activity across Scotland’s social services and to identify gaps and development needs in this area. We would like to give as many people as possible the opportunity to contribute their views and experiences to this project.

One of the ways in which we are seeking to collect information from individuals is via an eSurvey using SurveyMonkey. The link to this survey is provided below. We are asking a number of different organisations to help us to distribute this link. We apologise for any inconvenience if you have seen this link before, but we think this is the best way to ensure that as many people as possible have the opportunity to participate. The survey will take about twenty minutes. All responses are anonymous – no identifying information is being collected.

To participate in the survey, click on this internet link: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/5S38JQJ

If for any reason this does not work, copy and paste the link into the URL address box at the top of your internet browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, etc). You should then be directed to the start of the survey. If you have any problems accessing the survey, please email alison.dawson@stir.ac.uk and we will try to assist you.

We are interested in hearing about the views and experiences of ALL people working in Scottish social services at ALL levels within their respective organisations, so please pass this link on to colleagues who may not have received it directly.

Thank you for your help with this project. For your views to be included in the project, you must complete the survey before 16 October 2010.

We are also collecting information for this project via; a survey to organisations that provide social services in Scotland; a number of focus groups in different locations around Scotland; and a series of telephone interviews. Organisations and individuals will be contacted directly regarding participation in these.’