The way that public services are organised and work has changed considerably over the last 25 years. One of the main changes has been to divide the function of public agencies into service purchasers which ‘commission’ or ‘purchase’ services on behalf of the public and service providers which provide the services. This change has been introduced across all public sectors in many different countries. The broad aim of this research was to identify research evidence on ‘commissioning’ or ‘public service purchasing’ in education, health and/or social welfare in the UK and other countries.
This research briefing provides an overview of the evidence concerning the value of supervision in supporting the practice of social care and social work. It is relevant to both children’s and adult social care services and includes a consideration of supervision in integrated, multi-professional teams. While the focus is on social work and social care, some of the research reviewed includes participants from other professions such as nursing and psychology.
This At a glance briefing gives a summary of a review of literature and a small-scale survey of good practice on the participation and co-production of older people with high support needs. The report brings together the most recent and relevant research findings and development initiatives and identifies barriers to the participation of older people with high support needs and some solutions. It also identifies effective practice initiatives for increasing the participation of older people with high support needs, as well as new approaches to involve older people with high support needs.
This is a summary of research literature on the participation and co-production of older people with high support needs. Benefits and barriers are identified and practice examples are listed. The report will be of particular interest to commissioners of social and health care services. It will also be useful for people working in housing provision and service users and others developing the co-production/participation agenda in care provision and service development. Resource published by Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) in October 2012. Review date in October 2015.
Monthly updates of proven parenting and family support interventions.
Discussion paper about evidence-based family skills training and parenting programmes that work. (The paper can be downloaded free on registration).
Section of the Department for Education website for parents and commissioners looking for parenting programmes and interventions.
The programmes have all been independently evaluated using an evidence-based approach to show that they work. Assessments were carried out prior to 1st April 2012.
An American national, nonprofit organisation that informs, trains, and supports professionals, policy makers, and parents in their efforts to improve the lives of infants and toddlers.
Its mission is to promote the health and development of infants and toddlers.
The Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) is a preventative prgramme for first time teenage mothers and their babies. FNP is being tested in Scotland for the first time.
Second interim evaluation report which focuses on the late pregnancy and postpartum phases of the programme's implmentation.
List of publications related to Healthier Wealthier Children.