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Shared parental leave and pay, 05/03/14-18/03/14 [E/NI/S/W]
This draft legislation, comprising of three statutory instruments, aims to make the new system of shared parental leave and pay meet the needs of parents and employers and make it as simple to use as possible.

Consultation on a draft Bill and options for challenging decisions made by Local Authorities on applications to the Scottish Wel
The Scottish Government has published the full responses to the Scottish Welfare Fund: Consultation on a draft Bill and options for challenging decisions made by Local Authorities on applications to the Scottish Welfare Fund from organisations and individuals who have given their permission for their response to be published.

Ministerial Task Force on Health Inequalities, 13/03/14 [S]
Health inequalities in Scotland can only be solved by tackling the root causes of inequality, and taking the fight beyond the NHS, according to a new report.

Tackling sectarianism, 28/02/14 [S]
A further £861,558 is to be invested in community projects to tackle sectarianism across Scotland. Community Safety Minister, Roseanna Cunningham, announced the funding as the Scottish Government published its response to the report of the independent Advisory Group on Tackling Sectarianism.

Neglected needs: girls in the criminal justice system, 27/02/14 [E/NI/S/W]
This Briefing from Penal Reform International and Inter-Agency Panel on Juvenile Justice examines the specific challenges faced by girls in contact with the criminal justice system and makes recommendations for strengthening the protection of their rights.

The future of welfare: a Theos collection, 19/02/14 [E/NI/S/W]
The British public thinks the welfare state is in crisis. This collection of essays addresses the key underlying issue: what is welfare for?

Realising the rights of every child everywhere: moving forward with the EU, 12/02/14 [E/NI/S/W]
This report from UNICEF and Eurochild highlights the current and future role of the EU in realising children’s rights across internal and external policy and action.

Human rights of unaccompanied migrant children and young people in the UK, 12/02/14 [E/NI/S/W]
The government has published its response to the Joint Committee on Human Rights’ report which made a series of recommendations about the best interests, rights, protection and support of unaccompanied migrant children and young people.

Working for poverty: the scale of the problem of low pay and working poverty in the UK, 10/02/14 [E/NI/S/W]
This Living Wage Commission interim report warns that the economic recovery could fail one in five people in paid employment.

Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill as amended at Stage 2, 05/02/14 [S]
Scottish Parliament Information Centre Briefing on the Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill as amended at Stage 2.