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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.

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

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).

Describes some creative ways of promoting personalisation to service users and practitioners. The four methods highlighted are: A board game called 'Whose shoes? - putting people first'; a website (shop4support) where people who use social care support services can choose them online; Social Care TV - to be launched by SCIE in October - which will include video about personalisation, and attending regional personalisation roadshows.

The Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme provides cognitive behaviour therapy and other evidence-based therapies for those with mental health needs. This article looks at the progress so far, the increase in the number of referrals made and the role of low-intensity therapists in the services. A short case study is also included.

Social workers and a service user offer advice on a case involving a boy who is now in a secure unit after behaving violently at his residential children's home.

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

Social care services should enable disabled people to participate in society on an equal basis to others.

This bulletin looks at how social care services can ensure they promote equality for disabled people. This will only be achieved if care providers focus on the barriers that disabled people face.

A study suggesting ways to improve communication between schools and children's services is discussed. The study 'Multi professional communication: making systems work for children' by Georgian Glenny and Caroline Roaf, examined case studies over a seven year period in order to identify the ingredients of successful communication systems.