SSKS

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

Teenage drinking cultures

This report investigates the onset and development of drinking behaviours within teenage friendship groups.

Using social network data from the Belfast Youth Development Study, the study identified and sampled eight relatively stable friendship groups covering a mix of social class, gender and type of education. Report published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation in February 2011. Summary of report also available.

Health and social care bill: bill 132 of 2010-11: research paper 11/11

This briefing on the Health and Social Care Bill has been prepared for the Second Reading debate on the Bill in the House of Commons on 31 January 2011. The Bill is intended to give effect to the reforms requiring primary legislation that were proposed in the NHS White Paper Equity and excellence: Liberating the NHS. This White Paper set out the Government’s aims to reduce central control of the NHS, to engage doctors in the commissioning of health services, and to give patients greater choice. Published in January 2011. Applies to health and social care in England.

Support.Stay.Save: care and support of people with dementia in their own homes

This report from the Alzheimer’s Society reveals that many people with dementia and carers receive insufficient support and care at home. It also found that the home care workers who responded regularly worked with people with dementia and understood that they could have a good quality of life. First published in January 2011.

Influence of family and friends on young people’s drinking

This Round-up examines family and friendship influences on young people’s drinking habits, in order to shed light on how the negative aspects of young people’s drinking culture in the UK might be changed.

The summary was published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation in January 2011.

How can local authorities with less money support better outcomes for older people?

Research shows that older people want and value low-level support - 'that bit of help' - but the benefits of investing in this are realised over many years, making it harder to prove impact and protect funding in the face of severe pressure on spending.

Social indicators [January 2011]

This Research Paper summarises a wide range of social statistics. Subjects covered include crime and justice, defence, education, elections, health and population. This edition includes an article on "The CPI – uprating benefits and pensions". The Topical subject page includes information about fuel poverty and seasonal flu statistics.

Listen to what I want : the potential impact of the Mental Capacity Act (2005) on major life decisions by people with learning disabilities

This document is a Report for the Social Care Institute for Excellence. It was published by Norah Fry Research Centre at the University of Bristol in July 2008. ‘Listen to what I want’ (Jan-May 2008) was a short study of major decisions in the lives of 20 people with learning disabilities, from their point of view. The overall purpose was to learn more about the potential impact of the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) with people with learning disabilities.

SCIE guide 35: age equality and age discrimination in social care - an interim practice guide

This interim guide aims to help managers, commissioners, providers and practitioners in all sectors of adult social care to:

* acknowledge and understand the occurrence, risks and effects of age discrimination
* identify key features of an age-equalities approach to social care
* recognise some of the obstacles to achieving age equality and reducing age discrimination
* share information, develop ideas, and implement changes to overcome the obstacles.

Independent Mental Capacity Advocate involvement in accommodation decisions and care reviews

The MCA Code of Practice says that the IMCA safeguard is intended for ‘those people who have little or no network of support, such as close family or friends, who take an interest in their welfare or no one willing or able to be formally consulted in decision-making processes’ (10.74). It provides guidance about when an IMCA should be instructed in cases where a person has some contact with family or friends

Elearning : managing knowledge to improve social care

E-learning programme that sets out to help frontline social workers gain a basic understanding of the principles and practice of knowledge management, as well as organise and manage their knowledge and information as effectively as possible.