research report

Clinical judgement and decision-making in children's social work: an analysis of the 'front door' system

In May 2013, the Secretary of State for Education and the Prime Minister commissioned the Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) to undertake a project to look at social workers' decision-making.

Given the potential breadth of this project, and the limited resources available, BIT and the Department for Education (DfE) decided to focus upon the entry point for children coming in to contact with the Child Protection System, usually referred to as the 'front door'.

Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards: putting them into practice [SCIE report 66]

This resource describes good practice in the management and implementation of the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS; the Safeguards). It includes the roles of clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and wider local authority governance. The resource is structured with freestanding sections on hospitals, care homes, supervisory bodies, assessors and authorisers.

Social justice, the Common Weal and children and young people in Scotland

Paper that considers how the Common Weal can connect to children and young people's concepts of social justice. It considers children and young people's experiences, in light of the Christie Commission's call for public service provision to confront inequalities.

The paper poses questions about the extent to which children and young people will be involved in, and be able to define, the Common Weal.

Mental health of women detained by the criminal courts

One of the ways in which the Commission monitors individuals' care and treatment is through the visits programme. It visits individuals in a range of settings throughout Scotland: at home, in hospital or in any other setting such as prisons where care and treatment is being delivered.

This report details findings from visits between May and September 2013 to 51 women who met the above criteria and makes a number of recommendations in response to these findings.

Worried sick: experiences of poverty and mental health across Scotland

Throughout November and December 2013, SAMH invited service users and external organisations to participate in a series of discussion groups looking at the interaction of poverty and deprivation and mental health.

This paper forms part of SAMH's Know Where to Go campaign - a Scotland-wide campaign to tackle the barriers to accessing information, help and support for mental health.