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How commissioners' role is changing

Article discussing how the service-user led approach to purchasing is changing the role of commissioners.

Breaking through: healthy living centres, removing barriers to wellbeing

Series of articles describing the work of healthy living centres (HLCs) in Scotland and discussing how they can help communities change and grow and bring local people together to participate in new activities and opportunities.

Recovery and communities of recovery (IN Drink and Drugs News)

This article, see page 15 of the magazine, by Professor David Clark introduces the work of William White and colleagues in the USA on the subject of recovery in the substance misuse field.

Recovering the relationship

This article looks at the psychological approach to family relationships and argues it is one of the foundations of good practice.

Ethnicity and child poverty feasibility study

This feasibility study was conducted to establish the potential for a research study of child poverty and ethnicity in the United Kingdom. It explored data sources that could be analysed by ethnic group and the questions relating to child poverty and ethnicity that they might answer. This was used as a basis on which to agree the coverage of the main stage report on ethnicity and child poverty (Research Report no. 576 due to be published in May 2009).

Sure Start children's centres: good for your child and good for you

Document describing the services on offer at Sure Start children's centres and how they support families.

Naltrexone implants after in-patient treatment for opioid dependence: randomised controlled trial

Naltrexone is a medication which blocks the effects of heroin and other opiate-type drugs. Its considerable potential in helping to prevent post-detoxification relapse has not been realised because patients generally refuse to take it or quickly discontinue.

Feel good factor article from Druglink January/February 2006

Research into the effects of user involvement on treatment is finding that it makes people feel helped - but not drug-free.

Population trends

Article that explores change in population age structure at the Local Authority (LA) level for the whole of the UK between 1997 and 2017, focusing on change in the older population.

It includes case studies exploring the changes in age structure in the three local authorities of Brighton and Hove, Tower Hamlets and Coleraine.

Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and optional protocol

The Convention is made up of 50 articles which are given in full. The Convention clarifies and qualifies how all categories of rights apply to persons with disabilities and identifies areas where adaptations have to be made for persons with disabilities to effectively exercise their rights and areas where their rights have been violated, and where protection of rights must be reinforced.