research report

Voice against violence: young people's experiences of domestic abuse policy-making in Scotland

Study undertaken from a feminist and children's rights perspective that emerged from the growing body of literature on children's experiences of domestic abuse, the challenges of childhood studies and the opportunities arising out of the changed socio-political landscape of Scotland since devoltion.

Future care - the case for care leave: families, work and the ageing population

Research that shows that the UK is falling far behind other countries regarding care leave, many of which are finding creative solutions to support their workforce and address the challenges of ageing populations. 

It argues that if the UK is to cope with the critical demographic challenge it faces and reap the social and economic benefits of helping carers to juggle work and care then more must be done.

How is the health and social care system performing? Quarterly monitoring report

Report that details the results of an online survey of NHS trust finance directors carried out between 22 November 2013 and 6 December 2013.

230 trust finance directors were contacted to take part and 79 responded (34 per cent response rate).

Delivering integrated care and support

Document that is the second review of research evidence completed for ADSW by Professor Alison Petch from IRISS on the factors that underpin best health and social care integrated practice.

The original document, An evidence base for the delivery of adult services, published in 2011, presented the evidence for considering factors beyond those of structural change when planning to improve integrated outcomes for individuals. This latest report further adds to the knowledge base by focusing on the key dimensions for effective implementation of change.

National foster care review: final report

Final report of Scotland’s Foster Care Review, which ran from December 2012 to November 2013. The review was established by the Scottish Government to assess a range of potential reforms, and provide direction on a number of policy questions.

The impact of the Bedroom Tax in Scotland: interim report (fourth report of session 2013-14)

The removal of the spare room subsidy, also known as the bedroom tax or under occupation penalty, came into force on 1 April 2013. The aim of the policy was twofold: to reduce housing benefit expenditure, and to use existing public sector housing stock more efficiently.

The government estimated that 80,000 claimants in Scotland would be affected by the bedroom tax, with an average weekly loss of £12. This represented approximately 33% of the working age housing benefit claimants in Scotland.

Know your choices: plan your support

Ten tips to help older people with high support needs make informed choices and plan their support.
Older people who need support are often offered a very narrow range of choices, and are rarely given good information about the many possibilities. This leaflet is about a range of options that care professionals may know little about. Document published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation in December 2013. Summary and full report available.

Better life: valuing our later years

What can help older people with high support needs to improve their quality of life? This research rounds-up the Joseph Rowntree Foundation's JRF’s A Better Life programme of work and presents a vision of what life can, and should, be like for all of us as we get older

Evidence exchange: learning from social policy across the UK

Report that considers evidence from a survey of almost 500 policy makers and practitioners on how evidence is currently used, demand for more and better evidence and levels of interest in learning more from their counterparts in other parts of the UK.

The recent move to establish a series of thematic What Works Centres, including one in Scotland in 2014, offers a rare opportunity to improve the quality of evidence available.

Being human: a human rights based approach to health and social care in Scotland

Explores human rights in the context of health and social care with intention of stimulating discussion and adding to the existing body of work on this agenda. The report highlights highlight the significant work done by the Independent Living Movement who have led much of this discourse. Human rights have also been a key tenet of the mental health user movement and of both the learning disability and dementia agendas.