briefing paper

Exempt accommodation

Document that explains exempt accommodation in respect of Universal Credit.

Revision of NHS Health Scotland maternal and infant nutrition resources 2012

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.

Welfare in working order: points and principles for the Scottish debate - Part 1: Welfare 'reform' and mitigation in Scotland

Paper that is the first instalment of a three-part series on welfare. It examines the impacts of the UK Government’s welfare cuts and reforms. Subsequent papers will look at how Scotland uses existing powers better to improve prospects for learning and work, as well as exploring the potential for additional powers and the principles which should underline a progressive approach to welfare.

Returning children home from public care

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.

Joint commissioning in health and social care: an exploration of definitions, processes, services and outcomes

Study that seeks to provide a more theoretically and empirically robust understanding of the dynamic relationship between joint commissioning, services and outcomes, thereby addressing three main questions:

Health, wellbeing, and the older people housing agenda

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

It uses as a starting point the guidance provided in the ADASS/Housing Learning and Improvement Network’s Strategic Housing for Older People resource pack, Planning, designing and delivering housing that older people want and, more recently, work the Housing LIN is involved in with the NHS Commissioning Board to develop a health and housing compact that supports closer integrated approaches with housing to support patient care.

The business case for social work with adults: a discussion paper

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.

This discussion paper indicates where social workers fit into modern models of care and sketches the outlines of an argument that the cost-benefit analysis comes out in their favour.

Welfare reform briefing paper

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

Talking Points: personal outcomes approach - summary briefing

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