research report

This research project was commissioned by the Scottish Executive to find out how advocacy for children in the Children’s Hearings System compares with arrangements in other UK systems of child welfare and youth justice and those internationally, and what children and young people and the professionals who work with them think about advocacy arrangements in the Children’s Hearings System and how these can be improved.

Over several years now commentators have raised concerns that an increasing administrative burden is deflecting social workers from working directly with children and families to identify and meet their needs. This study involved a secondary analysis of existing research data to provide information on the extent to which social workers report spending their time on direct activities with children, young people and their families, and on indirectly related activities such as liaising with other professionals or recording information.

This resource vividly describes the situation of many children and young people living in substance misusing households.

Report presenting a comprehensive global prevalence study of dementia and examining levels of mortality, disability, strain on carers and dependency. It also considers examples of good national dementia plans and provides information on health service responses. It includes recommendations for a global framework for action on dementia.

Report assessing the threats and opportunities technology holds for universities. It argues that technology is making universities just one source among many of knowledge and ideas but that, through their institutional capital, universities can also harness technology to offer more flexible provision and open up more avenues into higher education.

Report from the Chief Medical Officer reviewing some of the data on the habits which studies are showing have a dramatic effect on risks of developing chronic ill health or premature death.

It also considers some of the mental health problems which may contribute to chronic stress in sufferers by lessening their ability to control and manage their lives. Such problems include ADHD in adults, post traumatic stress syndrome and obsessive compulsive disorders.

The manifesto sets out a plan of action based on the findings of The Good Childhood Inquiry®, ‘A Good Childhood: Searching for Values in a Competitive Age’, which stimulated a major national debate about how the nation treats its young people. The manifesto identifies three key areas in which political leaders must act to improve childhood now and for future generations, and calls for every political party to write these pledges into their manifestos.

This report presents findings from the second study of the income, expenditure and debt of students studying higher education (HE) and further education (FE) in Scotland in 2007-08.

From September to November 2009, the South West Grid for Learning undertook research in partnership with the Centre for Security, Communications and Networks Research, University of Plymouth, to better understand the ways young people from 11 to 18 use mobile and Internet technology to share files among friends. In particular the research focused upon the practice of “sexting” – the sharing of explicit images electronically.

Report assessing the causes and impact of fear and anxiety on society and the population at large and urging action by government and institutions to reduce levels of anxiety.