research report

Protecting children today and tomorrow: a multi disciplinary review of child protection measures across Scotland

This review is part of the government's response to the recommendations of the Hammond Report following the tragic death of a 3-year-old child, Kennedy McFarlane. The aim of the review is to promote the reduction of abuse or neglect of children, and to improve the services for children who experience abuse or neglect.

Co-production : an emerging evidence base for adult social care transformation (Research briefing 31)

Paper explaining and discussing the concept of co-production, the idea that users of adult social care services should be recognised as people possessing assets and skills which can be employed to help improve services rather than simply seen as passive recipients of services.

Fostering and adoption disruption research : secondary analysis

Report presenting findings from a secondary analysis of data gathered between 1982 and 1988 as part of a study of disruptions in permanent placements carried out by Strathclyde Regional Council and supported by the then Scottish Office.

Drinking in Scotland : qualitative insights into influences, attitudes and behaviors

Report of a qualitative study which aimed to deepen understanding of drinking behaviours and different drinking cultures in Scotland and make a contribution towards the further development of a Scottish strategy to reduce alcohol-related harm.

The role of the social worker in the 21st century: a literature review

This report is part of the review of the role of the social worker commissioned by the Scottish Executive to inform the work of the 21st Century Social Work Review group.

Their prime focus is the role of the social worker across different service systems and national contexts.

Eradicating child poverty: the role of key policy areas

This report provides an assessment of the impact that childcare policies are likely to and might be able to have on the target of ending child poverty by 2020.

Living well in later life: a review of progress against the National Service Framework for Older People

Collaborative report assessing the state of services for older people in England and pinpointing the steps which need to be taken to ensure standards are met and that services for older people continuously improve.

Effectiveness of the new Local Safeguarding Children Boards in England: interim report

A large scale study was conducted to examine whether Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs) have successful in overcoming some of the weaknesses in Area Child Protection Committees. This interim report draws upon research undertaken over the first 12 months (January 2008 - January 2009) of the research study.

Less equal than others

As over-representation of black and minority ethnic (BME) groups in prisons and the criminal justice system (CJS) increases year-on-year, this report draws attention to understanding and addressing this disproportionality.

The report also acts as a reminder of the strength and value of voluntary and community-based organisations that challenge inequalities and provide a powerful network to address change.