briefing paper

Paper that examines what recovery means for the families and friends of people with mental health conditions. It suggests ways in which these informal carers can support recovery and looks at how mental health services can give the best possible help to do this.

It also provides information about key resources, including the Triangle of Care and a Wellbeing Recovery Plan for families and friends.

Briefing that explores child poverty and its relationship to health and wellbeing. It aims to provide an overview of the following:

  • Why focus on children?
  • What is child poverty?
  • What are the levels of child poverty in Scotland? 
  • How does child poverty impact on health?
  • What impact does child poverty have on health?
  • What actions can be taken to protect children from the impact of poverty?

One of a series of papers prepared in the context of our second 'conversation' , funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), on issues related to possible constitutional change in Scotland.

Briefing which reflects on the experience of housing support providers delivering services through personalised funding arrangements and consider what has been working well, as well as highlighting some issues that have been more challenging. Particular attention is paid to support planning and to the financial arrangements associated with direct payments and individual service funding. 

One of a series of papers prepared in the context of our second 'conversation' , funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), on issues related to possible constitutional change in Scotland.

It summarises proposals for welfare devolution and how the provision of welfare can be simplified in order for users to better understand the source of the benefits they receive, and the constitutional rationale behind them.

Briefing that provides an overview of information on teenage pregnancy. It has been written to inform the Health and Sport Committee’s Inquiry on this theme. It offers data on national level trends in Scotland and reflects on research evidence about the problems associated with early pregnancy.

First in a series of Spotlight papers which build on the findings of the NSPCC report – All Babies Count: Prevention and protection for vulnerable babies -  which highlighted the pressing need for effective interventions for parents and their babies.

The papers focus on the specific developmental importance of pregnancy and babyhood, shining a light on a particular issue for families, policy and practice, in this case parental misuse of drugs and alcohol.

Document that explains exempt accommodation in respect of Universal Credit.

Paper aimed at all professionals who may, during the course of their work, provide advice to parents and carers in relation to maternal and infant nutrition. It aims to highlight the key updates which were made to six universal resources produced by NHS Health Scotland during routine reviews in 2012.

The briefing aims to give people who provide and use social care services an overview of research evidence by describing what it tells us about:

• how social workers make decisions about whether or not to return looked-after children to their birth parent/s
• effective approaches to deciding which children are likely to benefit from return home, and to helping parents and children when they do
• predictors of stability and positive wellbeing following return home.