evidence

Evidence and practice review of support for victims and outcome measurement

Research that aims to review the existing evidence and practice surrounding victims’ support needs, outcome measurement and quality assurance in the victim support sector, to assess: 

  • the support needs of victims
  • the effectiveness of interventions to support victims
  • how to develop victim outcome measures or indicators
  • how to measure victim outcomes
  • how to measure and assess quality in support service provision. 

Research mindedness

Learning resource that has been produced to help students and practitioners of social care and social work make more effective and extensive use of research in their studies and in practice.

Qualitative methods overview: improving the evidence base for adult social care practice

Review that provides an introduction to the different ways in which qualitative research has been used in social care and some of the reasons why it has been successful in identifying under-researched areas, in documenting the experiences of people using services, carers, and practitioners, and in evaluating new types of service or intervention.

Rapid Evidence Assessment of the evidence on the effectiveness of interventions with persistent/prolific offenders in reducing re-offending

A Rapid Evidence Assessment was conducted to systematically review the UK and international literature to evaluate the effectiveness of interventions for persistent and prolific offenders in reducing re-offending behaviour. The review, conducted by the Centre for Criminal Justice Economics and Psychology and the EPPI-Centre and funded by the Ministry of Justice, addressed one key question: Do criminal justice interventions for persistent/prolific offenders lead to a reduction in offending?

Guidance for best practice for the management of intimate images that may become evidence in court

Concern has been expressed about the possibility of inappropriate disclosure and use of intimate images obtained during the forensic medical examination of complainants of sexual violence or abuse. This guidance is intended to create an agreed practice and disclosure framework in order to reassure practitioners and complainants. This guidance applies to all intimate forensic medical examinations

Intensive family support: the evidence

Paper that brings together the Action for Children evidence base on intensive family support services. It is collated under a number of themes:

- keeping children safe
- keeping young people safety at home/out of care
- keeping children out of custody
- keeping children healthy
- improving children's relationships
- savings to the state and communities
- improving educational attainment
- reducing anti-social behaviour
- housing stability

Newly qualified social worker resource

This resource has been designed to support you to meet the 12 outcomes statements contained in the NQSW framework in adult services developed by Skills For Care. You will find useful resources, suggestions for evidence and links to current legislation and policy to help your continuing professional development. Although the primary focus is on adult services, social workers in other settings will also find it useful.

Vulnerable Witnesses (Scotland) Act 2004

This Act of Scottish Parliament outlines the legislation relating to vulnerable witnesses, such as children, who give evidence in either criminal or civil proceedings.

The public inquiry into the shootings at Dunblane Primary School on 13 March 1996 : the government response

This report sets out the government response to the findings and recommendations of the Cullen Inquiry following the shootings at Dunblane Primary School by Thomas Hamilton on 13 March 1996. Comment is made on: recommendations on the certification system relating to Section 1 firearms; police powers and the legal responsibilities of licensed gun or firearms clubs; restriction of the availability of Section 1 firearms and amendment of existing firearms legislation accordingly.