One of a series of reports providing the social services workforce with brief, accessible and practice-oriented summaries of published evidence on key topics.

Developed through a process of rapid appraisal, Insights seek to highlight the practice implications of research evidence and answer the 'So what does this mean in practice?' question for each topic reviewed.

This Insight looks at evidence around assisting those with mental health problems into employment.

Report that presents the findings of a research project, commissioned by the Glasgow Centre for Population Health (GCPH), which explored the experiences of lone parents in a context of increasing 
benefit conditionality and welfare reform.

Given the value placed on zero-hour contracts by some employers and workers, and the incomplete picture of their scale, an outright ban seems inappropriate at this time. But maintaining the status quo would overlook the poor use of these arrangements in a considerable minority of cases.

Case studies from SUSE members, and winners of the 2011 Scottish Business Diversity Awards.

Under the Equality Act, people with disabilities are entitled to reasonable adjustments in the workplace. This leaflet provides information about adjustments that can help people with mental health problems. Leaflet published by Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH) in March 2012.

Report that updates the Youth Inquiry and presents the latest evidence from the UK Commission’s comprehensive survey of UK employers. It looks in depth at the structural issues, in particular transitions from education into work and how they are changing for young people.

Report that examines the links between the distribution of skills and labour market and income inequalities between countries, and considers how these relationships are aff ected by policy, practice and other factors.

Report that presents data on the context of long-term youth unemployment, why it might have been rising and what the consequences might be; considers the characteristics of the long-term unemployed, using secondary data analysis; presents the results of interviews with 28 young people who are long-term unemployed; reviews current policy and policy needs for the long-term unemployed; and provides recommendations for a six-point plan to bring down long-term youth unemployment.

Report that provides a picture of the employment status of grandparents and other relatives raising children (kinship carers) before and after taking on children, and explores the link between dropping out of the labour market and being a kinship carer.