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On the outside : continuity of care for people leaving prison

Report presenting the findings of a study which investigated the continuity of care experienced by prisoners before and after release. It also makes recommendations as to how continuity of care between prison and the community could be improved.

Learning the hard way: a strategy for special educational needs

Report aiming to make a contribution to the debate on how best to educate children with learning difficulties by arguing that parents are the best people to decide where their children should attend school and laying out a strategy to make parental choice rather than 'expert' opinion the driver for policy.

Manifesto for change

Document from Victim Support in Scotland calling on the Scottish Parliament to continue its commitment to the Scottish Strategy for Victims and its key objectives of providing emotional and practical support, information and greater participation for victims. Specific actions it calls for include establishing a Victims Fund and appointing a Victims Commissioner.

Effectiveness of the new Local Safeguarding Children Boards in England: interim report

A large scale study was conducted to examine whether Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs) have successful in overcoming some of the weaknesses in Area Child Protection Committees. This interim report draws upon research undertaken over the first 12 months (January 2008 - January 2009) of the research study.

CSIP high impact changes for health and social care

This review has inevitably drawn on a great deal of ‘soft’ or qualitative evidence that is largely narrative and anecdotal in nature. As such it contains clear accounts from people who use services about what they find beneficial.

Providers and commissioners need to make sure that additional measures of quality improvement are put in place to strengthen the evidence base.

How social workers spend their time: an analysis of the key issues that impact on practice pre- and post implementation of the integrated children's system

Over several years now commentators have raised concerns that an increasing administrative burden is deflecting social workers from working directly with children and families to identify and meet their needs. This study involved a secondary analysis of existing research data to provide information on the extent to which social workers report spending their time on direct activities with children, young people and their families, and on indirectly related activities such as liaising with other professionals or recording information.

Social research: data security review

In July 2008 the Scottish Government commissioned Scott Moncrieff to review the data security procedures within eight research contractors who had regularly been commissioned to carry out social research on behalf of the Scottish Government.

Parents with learning disabilities - the lived experience : a study for Equal Say, Glasgow

Report of a study which aimed to establish the likely demand for advocacy services to support parents with a learning disability living in the community, demonstrate the lived experiences of parents with a learning disability and report examples of good practice in supporting parents with a learning disability.

Standards for disability information and advice provision in Scotland

Set of standards designed to help agencies and organisations in the voluntary, private and statutory sectors improve access for disabled people to the information they hold.