Safety - health and safety - occupational health services
The council has a legal duty to enforce the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and related legislation. As part of this duty the council should ensure that work premises are safe for employees and visitors to them and that accidents are prevented wherever possible.
Schools should have a policy which sets out clearly what is considered as bullying and/or harassment, how pupils and parents should do if they suspect bullying is taking place and how the school should deal with reports of such incidents.
All pupils in community maintained schools aged 5 to 16 follow the national curriculum programme of study in full range of subjects. The LEA and the school governors have a responsibility to make sure that the National Curriculum is taught. In Scotland the 'National Priorities In Education', as approved by the Scottish Parliament in December 2000, are defined under the following headings: Achievement and Attainment; Framework for Learning; Inclusion and Equality; Values and Citizenship; Learning for Life
The main duty of the School Board is to promote good relationships between the school, parents and the wider community. School Board's also have a number of specific statutory rights and obligations. Board's have a duty to carry out their functions with a view to raising the standard of education at the school.
Schools or the LEA may arrange visits by pupils from short trips to local parks or museums to overnight stays in foreign countries. It is essential that all such visits are carried out with the highest regard for the safety and welfare of the pupils taking part in them.
From 1st April 2013 the Department for Works and Pensions is abolishing the discretionary Social Fund. This includes Community Care Grants and Crisis loans for living expenses. This is being replaced by the new Scottish Welfare Fund which is being introduced by Scottish Government from that date.
On a thòisich a’ Chomhairle ann an 1975, tha i air a’ Ghàidhlig a chur air adhart ann an iomadh dòigh agus tha poileasaidh dà-chànanach air a bhith aig a’ Chomhairle on fhìor thoiseach.
Anns an Dàmhair 2004, dh’fhoillsich Comhairle nan Eilean Siar am poileasaidh Gàidhlig ath-sgrùdaichte aca. ‘S e amas a’ phoileasaidh anns an fharsaingeachd gum bi na h-Eileanan an Iar na coimhearsnachd dhà-chànanach far a bheil an aon ùghdarras aig a’ Ghàidhlig agus a’ Bheurla mar mheadhan conaltraidh.
Since the inception of the Council in 1975, Gaelic has been promoted in many ways and a bilingual policy has been in place since its inception.
In October 2004, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar their revised bilingual policy. The overall aim of the policy is that the Western Isles should be a bilingual community in which Gaelic and English have equal validity as the languages of communication.
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is encouraging everyone in the Western Isles to develop a healthy and active lifestyle. The ‘Slàinte Mhath’ (‘Good Health’) initiative is a Council funded-scheme designed to encourage the use of Sports Centres from the Butt to Barra, which means that a family orindividual pays a monthly fee for unlimited use of all sport centre facilities. There are also concessionary rates for those on benefits.
Social services - Children's Hearings - Supervision Requirement
If a Children's Hearing thinks compulsory measures of supervision are appropriate it will impose a supervision requirement, which may be renewed annually until the child becomes 18. The hearing has a wide scope to insert any condition in a Supervision Requirement, and the local authority is responsible for ensuring that it is implemented. In most cases the child will continue to live at home but will be under the supervision of a social worker. In some cases the hearing will decide that the child should live away from his home with relatives or foster parents, or in one of several establishments managed by local authority or voluntary organisations, such as children's homes, residential schools or secure accommodation. A hearing does not have power to fine the child or young person or his parents. All decisions made by hearings are legally binding on that child or young person.
Faire, the Western Isles Community Alarm Service, provides peace of mind for people who feel at risk in their own homes. It is a 24 hour 365 day monitoring service which works via a special alarm unit connected to the telephone line.
In law community service is an alternative to custody. It offers offenders the opportunity to make reparation to the community for the offences they have committed by undertaking work for community groups and individuals who are unable for a variety of reason to carry out the work for themselves.
Social services - community support groups and organisations - information
The social services department provides a list of recognised groups and organisations that provide advice and support for those who may be in need of community care such as the elderly, disabled or those with learning difficulties.
The provision of information on the availability and requirements of counselling services for individuals who have been identified as having particular needs to help sort through personal difficulties. These services may not be provided by the local authority.
A direct payment is a cash payment allowing clients to buy their own support instead of Social Services providing it. The money can be used to employ a personal assistant or to use an agency to provide staff for you. A client can 'mix and match' and have some support provided by Social Services and take some as a direct payment.
Fostering provides homes for children who are temporarily unable to live with their own families but who wish to maintain contact. Fostering may provide respite care or shared care for children with disabilities. Support is provided for the children, the foster carers and the family of the fostered children.
Occupational therapy aims to help those with physical disabilities to achieve an optimum level of functions and mobility. This may include arranging for walking aids or other equipment or referring clients to other agencies that can also assist. The authority usually works with local health providers to assess need and provide appropriate support.
Someone who is placed on probation will have to keep regular contact with their social worker and comply with all condition of the order. Contact will be maintained with individuals as required to ensure firm supervision of the probation conditions and may vary according to individual circumstances. During probation, social worker will visit the personâ€™s home and may involve family members to ensure the order is completed successfully. The social worker has to make sure that the conditions of the probation order are being met and also to help the probationer avoid further trouble. This involves discussing previous offences committed and looking at ways to avoid this happening again. The social worker may also direct the probationer to attend counselling or other programmes if they assess that it will help him or her avoid further trouble.
Following conviction, or a finding at an Examination of the Facts (EOF) that the person did the act or made the omission constituting the offence, the court may ask for a social enquiry report (SER) to be provided by criminal justice social work staff in accord with national standards. Reports are prepared for all young offenders under the age of 21, all adult offenders who may be sentenced to custody for the first time and any other case as the sentencer may determine.
The Sports Development service supports community sport across the Outer Hebrides. For further information please contact Steven Munro on 01851 822785 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org (Lewis and Harris) or Christina McWilliams on 01870 603539 or by e-mail at email@example.com (Uist and Barra)
All golf courses in the Outer Hebrides are available to members of the public on a 'pay and play' basis. Generally it is not necessary to book tee times in advance but, especially on Saturdays, golf courses may have tee times reserved for members and competitions.
Statistics - economic information and analysis (Factfile)
Publishing details of a wide range of information covering aspects of the areas economy including statistics and key facts on economic strategy, trends and forecasting, the local labour market and area profiles.
An outstanding local landmark, Stornoway Town Hall is of central importance in the history of Stornoway’s civic life, and stands as an iconic building on one of the most prominent sites in Stornoway.
The Town Hall restoration has created a flexible and accessible building for multi purpose use and offers mixed complementary services. The existing Registrars service is relocated upstairs with the former Town Chamber now the magnificent setting for the Marriage Room. In addition the Town Hall accommodates other services including the Comhairle’s Customer Services team and administrative support functions.
If you are interested in booking any part of the Town Hall please contact our Customer Services team on 0845 600 2772.