well-being

First in a series of papers which lay out the third sector’s vision and ambitions for the Scotland of the future as we journey towards next year’s referendum and beyond. It reflects thinking and ideas from across the sector and is intended as the starting point for ambitious discussions about the future of welfare in Scotland.

Paper that outlines how public mental health and the growing ‘wellbeing’ movement can contribute to one of the key challenges for recovery: increasing opportunities for building a life beyond illness (Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health, 2009a), keeping in mind the principles of respect for people’s self determination, choice, control and potential, as well as for support that does not undermine citizenship.

Review based on a wide-ranging examination of international research and other literature, which considers the concept of family wellbeing and various tools that can be used to measure and understand it. Interest in wellbeing issues in the UK has tended to focus on the welfare of children rather than families.

This short handbook on measuring well-being is produced by the Centre for Well-being at nef (the new economics foundation) with input from nef consulting. It is designed primarily for voluntary organisations and community groups delivering projects and services, to help them kick-start the process of measuring well-being outcomes.

Briefing that examines issues such as the role of health and wellbeing boards and commissioners; the impact of climate change; integration; community and personalisation; leadership and reputation; and risk management and business continuity.

Study that examines whether society has and is becoming more selfish and materialistic over time.

Report of a project designed to develop understanding of what well-being means to older people, and of how it is produced. The well-being project was carried out between 2008 -11 in Brighton and Hove by a team involving university researchers, a voluntary sector manager and older co-researchers. Its aim was to develop participatory research with older people which would foreground lived experiences of ageing and co-produce knowledge about what well-being means.

Strategy that has a particular focus on social work in the Health and Social Care (HSC) System which is where the majority of social workers are employed. It is intended as a guide for social workers, their employers, commissioners, education providers and regulators.

Criminal justice, education, youth justice, voluntary and private organisations are also important employers of social workers and this strategy and its proposals will support social workers in these sectors.

Report that forms part of a wider programme of work being carried out by The King’s Fund on health and wellbeing boards. The programme has supported several local authorities and their health partners to develop their shadow boards. As part of the programme, in late 2011, a survey of 50 local authority areas was conducted, covering all regions of England to find out how they and their health partners are implementing the new boards. Telephone interviews were conducted in September and October 2011 with lead officers identified by local authorities themselves.