social work

SCIE research briefing 26 : mental health and social work

This briefing focuses on the role and contribution of social work in community mental health provision in statutory community mental health teams, integrated or multidisciplinary teams, assertive outreach and crisis intervention teams within the UK. Report published by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) in July 2008.

SCIE report 11: ESRC research, social work and social care

This report looks at what contribution ESRC research programmes make - and might make - to the knowledge base for social work and social care. The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) is the largest single UK funder of social science research. Its role has been significantly expanded in recent years with a view to reinforcing the contribution made by social science to evidence-based policy and practice. Report published by Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) in December 2004.

Designs for the future: IRISS strategy 2012-15

Strategy document which illustrates IRISS's activities – through examples of its work – from 2009-11, and sets out its planned strategy for 2012-15.

The current structure of three interconected programmes – knowledge media, evidence-informed practice, and innovation and improvement – which has established IRISS's unique identity will be built upon to create the concept of IRISS as both a hub for expertise and knowledge, and a bridge between research and practice and between ideas and implementation.

Child and family practitioners' understanding of child development: lessons learnt from a small sample of serious case reviews

The aim of the study is to provide an in depth exploration of a small number of serious case reviews to consider how the knowledge that practitioners, and especially social workers, have on child development might have had an impact on the case and on outcomes for the children.

Six serious case reviews were selected from thirty three of the available serious case reviews which had been completed in 2009 or 2010.

Embracing change series

A series of booklets produced on the topic of innovation in social services in Scotland.

They are designed to help individuals and organisations think differently and more creatively about providing services, as well as manage risk more effectively.

The titles include:
- Embracing change
- Balancing innovation and risk in social services
- How do you create the right conditions for innovation?
- Developing a framework for innovation
- Rising to the challenge: where can ideas come from?

Social work services and recovery from substance misuse: a review of the evidence (Practitioners' briefing)

Summary of the findings from a review of the research evidence, which looked at social work‟s contribution to helping people with problem drug and/or alcohol use.

Social work services and recovery from substance misuse: a review of the evidence

Literature review that considers the current evidence in relation to social work’s contribution to recovery focused approaches. It reviews what is known about social work roles and training, as well as the evidence of the effectiveness of social work interventions with people with problem drug and/or alcohol use.

Challenging systems, changing lives: a manifesto 2011-2015

Scotland is facing a significant reduction in available resources for public services. With some protection offered to the NHS and clear expectations on local authorities in relation to performance and a council tax freeze, social work and social care face an unprecedented challenge.

This document details the Association of Directors of Social Work's (ADSW) plans to provide professional leadership at a time where transformational change is required in public services.

The contribution of social work and social care to the reduction of health inequalities: four case studies

This briefing argues that support given as social care can help improve health and reduce health disadvantage. Improving access to social care interventions is therefore important to any strategy for reducing health inequality. The concept of health inequalities refers to the avoidable health disadvantage people experience as a result of adverse social factors, such as lack of economic or social capital, or marginalisation. People with higher socio-economic position in society have better life chances and more opportunities to flourish. They also have better health.