information services

Care Information Scotland: care information for older people

Care Information Scotland (CIS) is a telephone and website service providing information about care services for older people living in Scotland.

Information and advice services : what disabled people should expect and receive

Booklet that informs disabled people on the standards of service they are entitled to receive from information or advice providers and local authorities and others who plan and fund these services.

SCIE Guide 29: Changing social care: an inclusive approach

Adult social care is changing, to ensure that the people who use services are at the heart of their own care and support. This change, outlined in 'Our health, our care, our say' (Department of Health 2006) and confirmed in 'Putting people first' (Her Majesty's Government 2007), will result in greater choice and control for individuals and better support for carers and families. To achieve this, the social care workforce will need to change its approach.

Children, young people and alcohol: advice and information for parents and carers

Draft guidance for parents on the dangers of alcohol for children and young people issued as part of the UK Government's consultation on children, young people and alcohol.

Cystic Fibrosis Trust web site

A UK charity dedicated to all aspects of Cystic Fibrosis. The charity works to: fund medical and scientific research; ensure appropriate clinical care for those with Cystic Fibrosis; and provide information, advice, support and, where appropriate, financial assistance to anyone affected by Cystic Fibrosis. The website contains details of their publications, including factsheets and booklets for people with Cystic Fibrosis and their families which are free to download; details of helplines and grants; and information about research funded by the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

The media, poverty and public opinion in the UK

Report of a study undertaken to explore the role of national, local and community media in reflecting and influencing public perceptions of poverty and welfare. Among the study's aims was to compare representations of poverty across different UK media, pinpoint examples of effective practice in communicating poverty issues to the public and highlight transferable lessons from these.

Equality impact assessment: living well with dementia, National Dementia Strategy

Document exploring the possible impact of the National Dementia Strategy for England on people according to their age, disability, race, religion, gender and sexual orientation with a view to ensuring that implementation of the strategy takes account of any potential issues and informs continuing efforts to lessen inequality.

Local authorities : a change in the cultural climate?

Paper arguing that some local authorities in England need to reconsider their attitudes to culture. It contends that culture is a public good in its own right as it contributes to important social goals such as encouraging a creative younger generation and keeping older people mentally and physically fit. However, research has shown that some local authorities fail to recognise this and treat culture as a marginal area.

Child mental health: key to a healthier society

One in ten of school-aged children have a diagnosed mental problem, with only a quarter of them receiving specialist care recommended in NICE guidelines. The document discusses the scale of the problem and the financial consequences. It then looks at the cost-effectiveness of available treatment and the adequacy of services.