Equally Well Review

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It was agreed in 2008 that following the publication of Equally Well that the Ministerial Task Force would reconvene in 2010 to review progress and and to publish a report, including any further action required.

Social Policy Frameworks

The Equally Well Review confirms that the three social policy frameworks (Equally Well, the Early Years Framework and Achieving Our Potential) remain the best approach to deliver long-term improvements in outcomes for people.

The Ministerial Task Force therefore recommends that action on all of the frameworks´ recommendations should continue at Scottish Government and local level, while also recognising the need to identify local priorities to maximise the impact of available resources.

A more collaborative approach...

If we are to effectively influence the range of circumstances that contribute to people´s health and wellbeing, a more collaborative approach across different public services is required. Redesigning local services is crucial in delivering the vision of change set out in the three social policy frameworks.

It is therefore key that joint action by the full range of community planning partners takes place to achieve this. This means Community Planning Partnerships (CPPs) delivering genuinely integrated services, through partnership working and sharing of resources, to target the underlying causes of inequalities. The third sector and communities should be actively involved and consulted on this.

  • The Scottish Goverment and the Local Government Improvement Service will support CPPs through the provision of a proposed capacity-building resource, focused initially on implementing the three social policy frameworks.

Early Intervention

At the heart of the task force´s vision for addressing inequalities is early intervention. Specific action in the early years, as well as sustaining the full range of preventative services that offer the opportunity for early intervention at different life stages are all required. Preventative services include family support, education and learning support, helping the most vulnerable to maximise their income, employability services, drugs and alcohol services, community policing and services targeted at vulnerable groups such as looked after children and offenders.

Reviewed 28 July 2014

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