briefing paper

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.

Briefing paper which provides an overview on the latest updates to NHS Health Scotland publications for parents and professionals within the area of early years and childcare.

Up-to-date information on new resources and details of how to order and request translations and alternative formats is provided.

Position statement which is the first in a short series that articulates ADCS members’ collective aspirations for the care system.

ADCS is the national leadership organisation in England for directors of children’s services appointed under the provisions of the Children Act 2004 and for other children’s services professionals in leadership roles.

Paper that outlines how public mental health and the growing ‘wellbeing’ movement can contribute to one of the key challenges for recovery: increasing opportunities for building a life beyond illness (Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health, 2009a), keeping in mind the principles of respect for people’s self determination, choice, control and potential, as well as for support that does not undermine citizenship.

This research briefing provides an overview of the evidence concerning the value of supervision in supporting the practice of social care and social work. It is relevant to both children’s and adult social care services and includes a consideration of supervision in integrated, multi-professional teams. While the focus is on social work and social care, some of the research reviewed includes participants from other professions such as nursing and psychology.

This At a glance briefing gives a summary of a review of literature and a small-scale survey of good practice on the participation and co-production of older people with high support needs. The report brings together the most recent and relevant research findings and development initiatives and identifies barriers to the participation of older people with high support needs and some solutions. It also identifies effective practice initiatives for increasing the participation of older people with high support needs, as well as new approaches to involve older people with high support needs.