social services

Improving social work in Scotland

Report that describes how well social work services are performing and what people who use services think about them. The messages are clear; the majority of people of all ages who use services and their carers have valued them and think they have made positive differences to their lives. Staff who provide services are committed and look for ways to improve the services they offer to people.

Improving opportunity, strengthening society: a third progress report on the government's strategy for race equality and community cohesion - volume 2 race equality in public services: statistical report

Statistical annex to the third and final progress report on Improving Opportunity, Strengthening Society the Government's strategy to increase race equality and community cohesion. It brings together the main findings for seven policy areas: education; the labour market; housing; health and personal services; the criminal justice system; perceptions of community cohesion; culture and sport.

Refuge for young runaways in the UK: a critical overview

This report deals with the concept of 'refuge' for children under the age of sixteen who are away from home or care, as established under section 51 of the Children's Act 1989 and section 38 of The Children's (Scotland) Act 1995. It discusses the factors affecting its provision in the UK and goes on to detail a series of pilot programmes, run between 2004-2006. These were funded by the Department of Health and the Department for Education and Skills, aimed to extend the models of community-based refuge.

Review of clinical and social care governance arrangements in health and social care trusts in Northern Ireland, 2008: Southern Health and Social Care Trusts

Clinical and social care governance is described as a framework within which Health and Personal Social Services organisations can demonstrate their accountability for continuous improvement in the quality of services and for safeguarding high standards of care and treatment.

Survival skills : using life skills to tackle social exclusion

Report making the case for life skills training taking a central role in the provision of support and services for people at risk of social exclusion if these services are to be properly effective. It discusses the correct definition of life skills and presents a case study of a project for homeless people which has incorporated life skills development into its services.

Towards a research and development strategy for social services in Scotland : executive summary

A summary of the document "Towards a research and development strategy for social services in Scotland" which sets out the rationale and evidence for the development of an R&D strategy.

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.

Practitioner research in social services : a literature review (summary)

Summary of a literature review undertaken to establish the context for practitioner research and its impact on practice through identifying practitioner research carried out in a social services context.

SCIE Guide 4: Involving service users and carers in social work education

In 2003 the Department of Health introduced a new qualification for social workers. Previously a diploma, for the first time the social work qualification became a three-year degree course, a move which reflected the difficulty and professionalism of the job. Also for the first time, universities and colleges offering the degree were required to involve service users and carers in the design and delivery of the programme.

Unlocking innovation : why citizens hold the key to public service reform (Demos collection 24)

Collection of papers focusing on the theme of renewing and refocusing understanding of innovation. It explores the notion that everyday interactions between people and public services are a potential source of new ideas and that public services should be developed through participation and co-production.