briefing paper

One of three papers which explores the practicalities of delivering housing for older people and maximising the benefits to health and wellbeing.

The care and support White Paper, Caring for our future, says: "Social workers have a crucial role to play in the reformed care and support system". The College of Social Work agrees, but believes that in a climate of austerity social work must be able to show not just that it makes a unique contribution to the lives of service users but that it makes financial sense  too.

Document that offers an insight into the implications of welfare reform on services in Scotland.

For more outcomes-focused resources, see the Outcomes Toolbox.

Briefing which looks at how a personal outcomes approach can support making a difference to people using services and support.

Briefing that provides a summary of the parliamentary scrutiny of the Social Care (Self-directed Support) (Scotland) Bill prior to the Stage 3 proceedings, due on 28 November 2012.

It outlines:
- The Health and Sport's Committee's Stage 1 report recommendations and the Scottish Government's response
- Amendments agreed to at Stage 2
- Issues that were raised at Stage 2 but did not result in amendment to the Bill
- Amendments that have been lodged for Stage 3.

This Key Issue no.6, from Research in Practice for Adults is aimed at social care practitioners and managers. It explains what we mean by social capital and its importance as part of social care transformation. It brings together some of the key learning from the Building Community Capacity project, part of the Think Local Act Personal Partnership, and gives examples of best practice from across the country in supporting strong communities. Report published in April 2012.

Briefing paper that shows how changes to welfare are now exacerbating the underlying challenges and driving up demand for local services, as people’s incomes fall and access to support, such as childcare and social care, is reduced. It presents some of the unfolding stories, testimonies and case studies of the people and groups living and working in an age of uncertainty and austerity.

The purpose of this briefing is to:

- provide an overview of national infant mental health policy since devolution
- consider whether agreed objectives have been achieved, and identify gaps
- present NSPCC Scotland’s views about what more needs to be done to meet the needs of infants at risk.

The Scottish Government recently released the 2012 data for the provision of respite in Local Authority areas across Scotland. The statistics are presented in "respite weeks provided or purchased by local authorities" and then further broken down into "overnight" and "daytime" respite for three age groups: 0-17, 18-64 and 65+. Much of the data is only comparable on a year-to-year basis due to methodological changes that have taken place over time. However a number of helpful comparisons are possible.