information services

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.

Describes some creative ways of promoting personalisation to service users and practitioners. The four methods highlighted are: A board game called 'Whose shoes? - putting people first'; a website (shop4support) where people who use social care support services can choose them online; Social Care TV - to be launched by SCIE in October - which will include video about personalisation, and attending regional personalisation roadshows.

Report of a study which investigated interventions designed to support carers with a view to discovering what is known about the outcomes of interventions for carers and the explanatory evidence which exists about how interventions support carers and the contextual factors which influence outcomes.

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.

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.

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.

This resource uses the study of crime in society to show how existing data sources can be utilised, and as such, this project is relevant to a range of social science disciplines, such as sociology, politics, psychology and media studies. The project is also relevant to citizenship studies. The resources can be used for A level syllabi but are also highly applicable for undergraduate and postgraduate learning.

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.

Report of the proceedings of the 'Getting it right for everyone' conference held in Perth on 13th November 2007. The conference was concerned with improving the ability of those working in community planning to engage with people with learning disabilities and raising awareness of the issues facing people with learning disabilities in respect of planning the future of local communities.