SSKS

Resources selected by NHS Education for Scotland for inclusion in Social Services Knowledge Scotland (SSKS).

Getting the best for your child [audio version]

This resource is Centre for Excellence and Outcomes in Children's and Young People's Services (C4EO)'s parenting roadmap. This resource for parents and carers follows the main life stages for children and young people, including those with additional needs, to show you what can make a real difference to their lives at home, school and in other services they experience. It highlights the key messages from C4EO and gives you definitions of terms that could be used by children sector professionals you might meet.

Community consultation on poverty and ethnicity in Scotland

This study explores participants' experiences of poverty, their coping strategies and views on potential solutions. It involved interviews with 32 participants from four ethnic backgrounds (white Scottish, East European, Gypsy/Travellers and Chinese) in two Scottish regions: Fife and Highland. Stakeholders from the public and voluntary sectors were also consulted. Report published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation in April 2011.

Loneliness compendium: examples from research and practice

Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) and Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust (JRHT)'s action research programme 'Neighbourhood Approaches to Loneliness' looks at how a neighbourhood as a whole can support those who live with loneliness. This paper defines loneliness; explores how lonely people can be identified and engaged and outlines research and projects that could inform the Approaches to Loneliness programme.

Impact of the global economic downturn on communities and poverty in the UK

This report examines what being part of the global economy means for people living in poverty, focusing on experiences of the 2009–2010 recession. It identifies areas where welfare reform is necessary to protect poorer people from a more volatile world economy. Report published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation in March 2011.

Ethnic diversity and inequality: ethical and scientific rigour in social research

This research addresses the increasing need for research to inform policy and practice development that is sensitive to the diversity of the UK's multiethnic population. Emphasis was given to the importance of ensuring that any guidance developed and promoted should be regularly appraised in light of the evolving social world and ethical and scientific standards. Research published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation in March 2011.

Poverty and ethnicity in Scotland: review of the literature and datasets

This study reviews literature and datasets to establish the main patterns, themes and issues from research on ethnicity and poverty in Scotland and to identify key sources of statistical information. This review considers vulnerability to, and experiences of, poverty in terms of income and employment, housing, education and health. Published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation in April 2011

SCIE research briefing 35: black and minority ethnic people with dementia and their access to support and services

Briefing which discusses the barriers currently faced by BME people in accessing dementia care services and some of the ways in which services can become better at responding to the needs of BME people in their locality.

How can adult social care services become more accessible and appropriate to LGBT people? (Outline 16)

Underpinning social care is a value-base that includes a commitment to empower service users, to promote social inclusion and to demonstrate a respect for diversity. Realising these values means developing awareness and understanding of how they translate into particular ways of working with different groups and individual service users. This OutLine identifies five key approaches for promoting more equitable provision for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. It is supported by a range of examples taken from the evidence base for social care and sexuality.

User research: is it really different? (Outline 15)

Although very little empirical research has been conducted to date about the impact of user research on the research process or the outcome of research, it has consistently been gaining credibility and validity in the last few years as mainstream researchers and funders become aware of its potential. This briefing presents the differences in perspectives and practice between user/survivor and mainstream research and their potential impact on the research process. Briefing published by Research in Practice For Adults in 2010.

Social services leadership and management framework (the 4 Ps). A discussion paper from the Changing Lives Leadership and Management Group.

The 4 Ps are: Purpose, People, Process and Performance. The Framework is:
• a resource of practical tools and ideas;
• a means of stimulating new ways of reflecting and new ways of taking action which are complementary, or additional, to existing local leadership development activity and inspection and audit processes.
This document describes the main components of the framework.