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Understanding suicide and self-harm amongst children in care and care leavers (IRISS Insights, No. 21)

Self-harm and suicide are complex issues which arouse difficult and distressing emotions both within people who hurt themselves and those who love and care for them. When children hurt or try to kill themselves, adults responsible for them often feel confused, powerless and overwhelmed.

Children, young people and families: case studies

Scottish Government case studies on various children's experiences of the Getting it right for every child approach.

Supervision in social care

Online guide and two new Social Care TV films that say that supervision works best when it occurs regularly, is based on a respectful relationship and is embedded in an organisation's culture.

Corporate parenting

Funded by the Department for Education, the National Children's Bureau (NCB) has developed a resource, available for free download, to support local authorities working to narrow the gap between the outcomes of looked after children and their peers.

What about dad? Why social workers need to know more about gender and masculinity

Serious case reviews have repeatedly highlighted failures by social workers to effectively engage fathers or identify men who pose a risk to children. Judy Cooper investigates why men are being overlooked and how professionals can address this.

Advocacy: Models and effectiveness (IRISS Insights, No. 20)

This Insight draws on evidence in relation to advocacy with both children and adults and on literature from the fields of health and social care. It outlines the key elements of the most prevalent models of advocacy and identifies good practice, as well as the limitations of advocacy models.  The Insight will provide an overview of the evidence base of what works in relation to advocacy provision.

Effective supervision in a variety of settings

Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) guide 50 was published: May 2013. Review date is May 2016. This guide provides information about how to achieve good supervision within an organisational culture that values both the people who work there and the people it offers services to.

Maximising the potential of reablement

Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) Guide 49 published in May 2013. Review date is May 2016

Dying well at home: the case for integrated working

This guide is about enabling people who want to die at home to do so and improving the quality of care they receive. In the context of this guide, ‘home’ means the place where a person usually lives. This includes ‘extra care’, sheltered housing accommodation and tenancy-based accommodation such as supported living, but not care homes. The guide is aimed at practitioners and managers supporting people with end of life care needs across the health, social care and housing sectors.

Making it personal: a national project

A national project looking at the role of advocacy for older people in the personalisation process: aimed at evidencing the positive impact that advocacy can have.