briefing paper

Research briefing paper focusing on the ways in which AT devices may be used by individuals, practitioners and organisations in meeting the needs of older people and examining some of the claims about the benefits of AT for people who use services and for health and social care agencies.

This paper aims to identify an effective way of feeding findings from research on child abuse commissioned by the Department of Health (1995) into child protection practice.

N.B. This resource is no longer available.

An introduction gives the history of how in most European countries for many decades large institutions dominated provision for people with severe and chronic disabilities, including those with mental health problems, and how this changed. Trends in the balance of care, changes in provision, and policies to develop community care and the allocation of resources are described, challenges listed and opportunities outlined, ending with a conclusion that research on progress in this area in Europe has been limited.

Research concentrates on how falls in care homes might be prevented in an active way: in this, individualised falls/risk assessment forms an important part. But there is little agreement between studies on the interventions that work consistently well. The term "care homes" includes residential care homes, nursing homes and intermediate care facilities.

Research briefing paper looking at the effects on children and young people of domestic violence between those adults who hold or have held a parental role towards them.

Podcast of a talk by Jess Alexander (SSSC) and Iain Mcleod (Glasgow University) given at "Widening participation in social work education - taking stock and looking forward", University of the West of Scotland, Hamilton Campus, 30/09/2009.

Briefing that examines the implications of the personalisation agenda for people with autistic spectrum conditions.