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Social work services in Scotland (Spice briefing 08/52)

Briefing paper giving an overview of social work services in Scotland including an outline of the legislative framework governing social work services, key policy themes and the organisation and funding of social work services.

Performance management in local authority housing services: an empirical view

Report of a study which set out to assess local authority practice on housing service self-assessment and performance management as well as gather evidence to facilitate the drawing up of good practice guidance in this area.

Services for children and young people with emotional and mental health needs

Report presenting the findings of a review which was set up to assess whether services were adequately meeting the mental health needs of children and young people in Wales.

In particular, its aim was to discover how comprehensive, accessible and effective services were and whether robust mechanisms were in place for managing service delivery and improvement.

Employee Authentication Services (EAS)

YouTube video on EAS which is a system designed to allow employees in local government, schools and other organisations to access and share sensitive information in order to improve services for children, learners and citizens.

What has Changing Lives changed? : Workforce Change Programme - Carole Wilkinson

Podcast of a talk by Carole Wilkinson, Chair, Workforce Change Programme and Chief Executive of the Scottish Social Services Council given at the "What has Changing Lives changed?" conference, Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre, 03/03/2009.

Domiciliary care: national minimum standards

Document setting out the national minimum standards expected of domiciliary care agencies in England to ensure good quality personal care and support for people while living in their own home in the community.

The search for acute solutions : improving the quality of care in acute psychiatric wards

Report describing the Search for Acute Solutions Project which was set up in 2002 to find ways of making acute inpatient mental health care better. It reports the lessons learned from the experience of the project on how to improve hospital care in mental health.

Delivering job retention services : a knowledge and skills set for employment advisory services located in primary care settings

Document specifying the skills and knowledge needed by workers filling job retention roles. It is aimed at anyone commissioning, providing and recruiting staff for employment retention services.