decision making

DIY Toolkit: Improving your community — getting children and young people involved

This report has been written by Save the Children, an international child’s rights organisation, working in Scotland, the UK and in over 60 countries to achieve a better world for children. It discusses the Community Partners Programme, which was set up to explore if active community participation was an effective means of countering children and young people’s social exclusion and assisting them in securing their place as full citizens alongside others.

Systems practice : managing complexity

This resource is part of the Open2.Net website, which is the online learning portal from the Open University and the BBC. In order to understand Systems Practice it is first necessary to understand Systems Thinking. Systems Thinking enables you to grasp and manage situations of complexity and uncertainty in which there are no simple answers by looking at connected wholes rather than separate parts.

A missed opportunity?: community sentences and the mental health treatment requirement

The Mental Health Treatment Requirement (MHTR) is one of 12 options (‘requirements’) available to sentencers when constructing a Community Order or a Suspended Sentence Order. The MHTR can be given to an offender with mental health problems who does not require immediate compulsory hospital admission under the Mental Health Act. If they give their consent, the MHTR requires them to receive mental health treatment for a specified period.

Health and personal welfare applications under the Mental Capacity Act 2005

This document examines the Court of Protection's health and welfare jurisdiction under the Mental Capacity Act 2005. The new powers enable the court to make orders in relation to not only property and affairs but also personal welfare.

Accountability and intervention

Accountability and intervention is suitable for use towards the end of law learning but before summative assessment. It explores the impact of law on how social workers work, in particular: how legal rules influence the process of decision-making (rather than content); and how social work values influence our approach.

Children caring for themselves and child neglect: when do they overlap?

For some families leaving a child alone is a necessity because of lack of other options. For others it is a symptom of parental neglect. Understanding the differences between these situations is a challenge for child protective services agencies. This is the report of a study to examine how local child welfare agencies respond when they receive reports of children who are taking care of themselves.

Canadian Health Services Research Foundation: tools to help organisations create, share and use research

This resource, provided by the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation is a free online database of resources for health services organizations that wish to use research better. Each resource is gathered and assessed by the Foundation to help organizations find, assess, interpret, and apply research evidence to inform health system policy and management decisions. The resources are classified per various phases: 'acquire', 'assess', 'adapt', and 'apply' to ensure relevant tools are easily available for the user.