Update from the Standards Commission

Dear Colleagues

Please find attached the latest edition of our Standards Update for your information. We would be grateful if you could arrange for the Update and/or the link provided below to be circulated to your members and any colleagues who might find it of interest. Please also encourage them to follow us on Twitter: @StandardsScot and on Facebook: facebook.com/StandardsCommission/. If you require the Update in an alternative format, please let us know.

Standards Commission Update – March 2020

As you will be aware, the Standards Commission’s workshop for Standards Officers, due to be held on 23 March 2020, was postponed due to the Covid-19 outbreak. We had intended to seek suggestions from you on potential changes to the Model Code of Conduct, in light of the Scottish Government’s ongoing review and forthcoming formal consultation. As we were unable to proceed with the workshop at present, I am attaching a draft revised version of the Model Code, with explanations about the proposed changes included (in blue). If you have any comments or suggestions on this, please send them to us by 30 April 2020 and we will forward them to the Scottish Government to consider before it issues a version of the draft revised Code for formal consultation.

Also attached is a copy of Police Scotland’s Guidance on Serious Organised Crime and Business Exploitation, as mentioned in the Update.

If you have any questions, or if you wish to advise of a change of contact details, please do not hesitate to contact us.

This email has been sent to the Standards Officers and other nominated contacts within:

  • Further Education Colleges
  • National Health Service Boards
  • Individual Public Bodies
  • Regional Transport Partnerships
  • Health and Social Care Integration Joint Boards

Kind regards

Julie Scott

Administrative Assistant

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Changes afoot at STRiVE

We received this letter from Tom Shearer today outlining changes to the management structure and new primary point of contact at STRiVE.

Dear Partner

STRiVE would like to advise/inform you that it will begin the search for a new Chief Officer later this year as the current CEO Eliot Stark and his Depute Linda McNeill leave on the 31st March 2020 by mutual agreement.

This significant change was part of a planned re-structure of STRiVE approved by the Board, and despite the COVID -19 crisis it was felt important that the planned changes progress. Again this was mutually agreed by the CEO, Depute and the Board.

STRiVE will commence an extensive and inclusive recruitment process in due course but in the meantime the Board are delighted to announce that Maureen Allan has accepted an invitation as Chief Officer on an interim basis to allow enough time for a robust recruitment process to be progressed. Therefore until such time as a permanent appointment is made Maureen will be STRiVE’s primary point of contact.

Maureen has been a member of the STRiVE team since 2016 and has managed the Community Links and Community Support Services since 2018.

A retired nurse, Maureen has extensive business experience previously owning and managing an independent Care at Home company.

She has previously held a number of roles including Chair of Dementia Friendly Tranent, a member of the Community Council, Area Partnership, Chair of the Health & Wellbeing Group and a position on the Integration Joint Board. She continues to be a “community activist” within East Lothian.

The Board of STRiVE looks forward to working with Maureen as we progress over the weeks and months ahead with other phases of restructure plans. The Board are anxious to ensure that STRiVE is well positioned to perform a pivotal and constructive role in support of East Lothian’s amazing third sector and are confident that the planned changes ahead will secure that objective.

Can I take this opportunity to wish you all the very best for your organisation and your  families over the weeks and months ahead as the Country battles against the COVID-19 crisis.

Kind regards,

Tom Shearer MBE

Board Chairman

Have you got good news to share?

We are looking for good news stories and photos that we can use on this blog and social media to keep spirits up and share with people what an amazing job you are doing.

Our care homes are already doing brilliantly by sharing photos and updates about what their residents are doing during lockdown. Families are finding this really reassuring and it cheers up our other team followers too.

If you’ve got anything good, please share. Email it to me at elhscp@eastlothian.gov.uk or post it on ELHSCP Facebook.

Look forward to hearing from you.

Jane (ELHSCP Communications Manager)

Childhood immunisation clinics

Childhood Immunisation Clinics are continuing across Lothian. It remains important for your child to be immunised at this time and you are encouraged to attend if you and your child are well and showing no signs of Coronavirus, which are a new cough or a fever. Please ensure only one parent/carer attends with the child at the appointed time. If you or your child do have symptoms of a new cough or a fever you should not attend the immunisation appointment.

If you or your child have these symptoms or you are unable to attend the appointment for any reason, please telephone the number on your child’s appointment letter. The appointment will be rescheduled.

Violence against Women and Girls update from East and Midlothian Public Protection Office

This March edition mainly focuses on the current difficult situation, particularly as it is widely recognised that with families having to stay at home with limited access to support networks and services the levels of domestic abuse, particularly coercive control, and other forms of gender based violence are likely to be much higher, so that survivors and children will be at greater risk.

Please note that if you can’t use the control click on the hyperlinks you can right click and open hyperlink. As ever please share on through your teams and networks.  Please let me know if you find this useful – yes or no – and improvements you’d like to see.  


Our East Lothian and Midlothian services for domestic abuse and sexual abuse continue to operate with virtual / phone contact, refuges are in operation. Our MARACs continue to operate via phone-conferencing / interim guidance will be out shortly.  

The EMPPC website is live again (had been down for some weeks): the VAWG page will have a summary of services and contacts during this critical time – within the next couple of days.

The Scottish Women’s Rights Centre list of support available for women experiencing abuse during COVID-19: useful helplines and sources of support for all aspects of VAWG including for women with no recourse to public funds …

SafeLives advice – includes a useful podcast from a survivor about what she might have done – survivors might do now / briefing for MPs with this list of policy recommendations

Safe & Together Model COVID-19 Quick Guide – Specific practice strategies related to understanding domestic violence perpetration in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic including a checklist to be used in combination with Safe & Together training and mapping tool. This is a useful summary of the risks so worth downloading.  Keep an eye on their website for more information. There is a virtual academy which will be open to people who have completed Core Training and above.

Engender Briefing Women and Covid-19:  the ways in which gender impacts on COVID-19, and critical issues for decision-makers to consider. The recommendations are useful for local policy

Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Violence against Women and Girls, VAWG Helpdesk Research Report 284, UK AID – Research question: What is the evidence of how the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic might impact on violence against women and girls (VAWG)?  Please draw on any emerging global evidence from the current outbreak in corona virus, as well as other similar epidemics? (e.g. Ebola)

Centre for Women’s Global Leadership / Feminist Alliance for Rights – Call for a Feminist Covid-19 policy: Statement of Feminists and Women’s Rights Organizations from the Global South and marginalized communities in the Global North – this is still in development but an interesting read on the far-reaching impact of the pandemic on  sex/gender/equalities and many of the policy recommendations are useful. You can support the call on a personal or organisational basis.


Scottish Government Equally Safe Bulletin Issue 117 – full of interesting updates on the delivery of Equally Safe. unfortunately there is no weblink so attached above.

Click service newsletter  – for more information please contact Githa Overton, Click Women’s Worker, Tel: 0131 622 7500, Email: Goverton@sacro.org.uk

CLiCK is a partnership of women’s organisations working together to provide  online and face-to-face support to any woman who sells or exchanges sex online in Scotland (e.g. advertising escorting services on sites like AdultWork, webcamming, or using private galleries). CLiCK was established in response to the changing nature of the sex industry in Scotland, as it continues to shift from onstreet to indoors and online. In addition, support services for women tend to be concentrated to the major cities with provisions for women who sell or exchange sex on-street – meaning that there was significant gaps in service provision in rural areas.

A Woman’s Place: Gender, Housing and Homelessness in Scotland , Engender March 2020: the report explores the way in which women are almost entirely invisible in policies and strategies for realising housing rights and preventing homelessness. Home is something many of us take for granted, but for many women a safe and secure home is out of reach, with systems failing to consider their needs.  The report highlights that while women in Scotland make up the majority of lone parents and carers, are far more likely to be living in poverty, and spend a far higher proportion of their income on accommodation than men, they are not represented in the discourse around housing. Homelessness, too, is repeatedly seen as a problem predominantly affecting men, despite the fact women’s homelessness simply looks different to men’s – rough-sleeping in less busy areas for safety, hiding their homelessness for fear of losing children, and (re)entering abusive housing situations.  Linking in with other issues of women’s inequality, such as violence against women, social security, and the intersections between sexism, racism and disability, the report calls for the gendering of Scotland’s housing frameworks to create systems which work for women.

On International Women’s Day, Engender asked women across Scotland to share their days with us to highlighting the unpaid, undervalued, and invisible work done by women in Scotland. Check out our round-up here  for some of the tweets and blogs which were shared with us.

UPSTREAM  Stop It Now! Scotland with funding from the Scottish Government has developed an online resource for the general public about the prevention of child sexual abuse in Scotland, launched 4th December 2019. The ‘Upstream’  website has practical information and resources that adults such as parents and carers can use to identify potential risk as early as possible and take steps to prevent sexual abuse from occurring. It has an engaging communities  section designed for professionals, safeguarding leads, or anyone in a public facing role who may want to use the resources in public engagement contexts.  The website’s tools and information aim to enable you to:

  • recognise the signs or behaviours that might indicate that sexual abuse might be about to happen
  • take action if they are worried about the behaviour of an adult or a child, and
  • have accurate information to help them to speak to others about this subject

Contact:   Willie Manson I Project Manager, The Lucy Faithfull Foundation | Stop It Now! Scotland, +44 (0)131 556 3535 / scotland@stopitnow.org.uk

Help your colleagues by updating your email signatures

Just a little reminder – could you please make sure that your email signature includes:

  • Your name
  • Your job title
  • Where you are based (e.g., Randall House, East Lothian Community Hospital etc)
  • Your email address
  • Your work telephone numbers – landline and mobile

This will really help when we are trying to get hold of people in a hurry.

Many thanks for your cooperation in this matter.

A word from the East Lothian Welfare Rights Team

The Welfare Rights team can provide advice and support to anyone in need.

Welfare Rights Officers work with many local residents to provide specialist welfare- related advice.  They can establish if there is an underlying entitlement to a wide range of benefits and other forms of financial assistance, including grants and hardship payments.  We can also help customers to apply. 

We also have a Macmillan Welfare Rights Officer who works with people and their families affected by cancer to make sure they are claiming all financial assistance available.  We already have links in place with the NHS and the Social Care Partnership.

Although we have suspended all face-to-face contact, our team is working from home and providing advice over the phone or by email. 

We have also developed some new resources to help people fill in forms, primarily around disability benefits.

You can find out more about what we do at www.eastlothian.gov.uk/welfarerights  

Fiona O’Donnell lauds the work of social care workers

IJB Chair Councillor Fiona O’Donnell has issued this statement to the East Lothian Courier

‘We have seen the benefits in East Lothian of the integration of health and social care. That joining up of services will also be vital as we brace for the challenges of Covid-19. Social care workers are caring for our most vulnerable citizens in their homes and in our care homes. The work they do is vital, to keep people safe and well, and to try and prevent admissions to hospital. For some people requiring care, the social care worker will be the only person who enters their home. The social care workforce will also be key to getting people back home when they have recovered from Covid-19.

‘It was deeply moving to take part in the applause for NHS staff and carers on Thursday at 8pm. It is so important that those who are working so selflessly for the greater good know how much we appreciate them.

‘Here in East Lothian we have also seen local shops and other businesses showing their appreciation with initiatives such as free coffees and priority in accessing shops. That appreciation has to include social care workers too. I ask every shop in East Lothian to make sure that is happening here. Health and social care workers are all deserving of that.’

Message from Julie Huggan at Eastspace

New page on Eastspace needs your help

Hello everyone

I hope you are keeping well during this difficult time.

Due to the disruption caused by the current outbreak of Covid-19, we have started a new page on Eastspace for Covid-19 service updates. It also includes a list of helplines and online resources.

If you haven’t already, please send me your service updates for this page. Additionally, please share the page with your network – https://eastspace.org.uk/east-lothians-online-source-of-online-mental-health-and-wellbeing-information/covid-19-service-updates/

Thank you for your support during this difficult time.


Julie Huggan
Online Information Development Worker – Health in Mind
a: 40 Shandwick Place, Edinburgh EH2 4RT
e: julie.huggan@health-in-mind.org.uk
t: 0131 225 8508
w: health-in-mind.org.uk