The Brock Report: Safeguarding Scotland’s vulnerable children from child abuse
A review of the Scottish system
Children in Scotland report calls for programme of improvement and increased support to strengthen further the Scottish child protection system
An independent assessment of Scotland’s child protection system has highlighted a number of challenges over its future role in protecting vulnerable children from child abuse.
ACMD’s recommendation on the synthetic stimulant 4,4’-DMAR
The ACMD recommends that 4,4’-DMAR be controlled under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 as a Class A substance and scheduled under Schedule 1 of the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001 (as amended).
ACMD’s recommendation on the synthetic opioid MT-45
The ACMD recommends that MT-45 be controlled under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 as a Class A substance and scheduled under Schedule 1 of the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001 (as amended).
Outcomes-focused approaches and resources for health improvement
To support the move towards outcome-focused approaches set out by the Scottish Government in the National Performance Framework, partners are developing a set of resources to articulate the contribution of stakeholders to delivering health improvement outcomes. The development of an outcomes framework for problem drug use forms part of this wider programme of work and was agreed with the Scottish Government Drugs Policy Unit.
An Outcomes Framework details the logical sequence of expected changes in achieving progress towards improved health and social outcomes, in this case for those affected by problem drug use. Logic models provide a simplified illustration of how activities are understood to contribute to a chain of change to achieve the intended outcomes. The outcomes framework can be used and amended to fit local needs. The logic models can also help partners clarify the links between the outcomes of the services they provide and the shared outcomes that they are working with partners to achieve.
This research assessed the availability, demand and utilisation of specialist alcohol treatment services in Scotland following publication of Changing Scotland’s Relationship with Alcohol: A Framework for Action (Scottish Government). The study assessed the impact of additional resources that accompanied the Framework which set out a range of proposals to tackle alcohol misuse in Scotland by reducing alcohol consumption, supporting families and communities, promoting positive attitudes and choice, and improving treatment and support. The research also examined the feasibility of assessing the capacity of specialist alcohol treatment services within a small number of case study areas. The study was part of an extensive ongoing programme of work Monitoring and Evaluating Scotland’s Alcohol Strategy (MESAS) led by NHS Health Scotland.
The growth of Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPS) over the last decade, both in terms of availability and consumption, is of increasing public health concern. Despite recent increases in related mortality, the circumstances surrounding and characteristics of individuals involved in NPS deaths at a population level remain relatively unknown.
The Scottish National Drug Related Death Database (NDRDD) collects a wide-range of data relating to the nature and circumstances of individuals who have died a drug related death (DRD). We conducted exploratory descriptive analysis of DRDs involving NPS recorded by the NDRDD in 2012. Statistical testing of differences between sub-groups was also conducted where appropriate.