briefing paper

The report highlights that the number of children living in severe poverty has risen over the period 2004/05–2007/08, from 11 to 13% of all children (estimating that in 2009 the number of children living in severe poverty remained at 1.7 million). This briefing outlines the key findings of the report and sets out why the UK government needs to refocus its efforts on the poorest children in the UK.

Paper looking at the development of programmes for male domestic violence perpetrators and highlighting the factors which contribute towards the effectiveness of such programmes such as the quality of programmes, the overall system in which programmes are located and the competency of facilitators.

Discussion paper on scrutiny in the public sector and whether regulation bodies are effective in ensuring public services are meeting the needs of users.

Briefing paper providing a snapshot of child poverty in Scotland. Ways of measuring child poverty are described and figures given for the numbers of children living in poverty.

Causes and effects of child poverty as well as the policy responses of government at UK and Scottish level are also considered.

UK Government Command Paper responding to the conclusions and recommendations of the Health Committee's report into NHS Foundation Trusts and Monitor published on 17 October 2008.

Paper looking at the challenges facing professionals in health and social care in dealing with service users with dual diagnosis, the co-existence of substance misuse and mental health problems.

Briefing paper intended as an introduction to personality disorder for those working in the criminal justice system. It dispels some of the myths and provides some factual information about this area.

Paper intended to help service managers facilitate the process of managing change. It provides a short summary of the evidence relating to different approaches to managing change and indicates where managers can find further information.

Paper giving an overview of the main lessons learned from a study of two existing networks and partnerships in health and social services, Managed Clinical Networks and Health Action Zones. The issues raised are examined with a view to establishing the potential for identifying best practice for partnership working.

Briefing paper giving an overview of social work services in Scotland including an outline of the legislative framework governing social work services, key policy themes and the organisation and funding of social work services.