user participation

Seldom heard : developing inclusive participation in social care

A position paper offering a practice framework for social care practitioners to allow the greater participation of 'seldom heard' groups in the social care services available to them. The paper considers four groups in particular, homeless people with addiction problems, black and minority ethnic people, people with communication impairments and people with dementia.

Getting it right for every child: children and young people's experiences of advocacy support and participation in the Children's Hearings System

This research project was commissioned by the Scottish Executive to find out how advocacy for children in the Children’s Hearings System compares with arrangements in other UK systems of child welfare and youth justice and those internationally, and what children and young people and the professionals who work with them think about advocacy arrangements in the Children’s Hearings System and how these can be improved.

The edgeless university : why higher education must embrace technology

Report assessing the threats and opportunities technology holds for universities. It argues that technology is making universities just one source among many of knowledge and ideas but that, through their institutional capital, universities can also harness technology to offer more flexible provision and open up more avenues into higher education.

The transition to adulthood: keeping disabled young people at the centre

Briefing paper looking at how transition services need to support disabled young people and their families through the change from childhood to adulthood and emphasising the importance of services being responsive, flexible and high quality.

Active outreach : an independent service user evaluation of a model of assertive outreach practice

Report describing and assessing an example of an active outreach project with a view to demonstrating the importance of gaining service users views on the innovative local practices which they receive. It attempts to show how service user involvement can be more widely implemented through direct consultation.

Personalisation and mental health

Video examining personalisation and community mental health services including recovery and service user participation.

Higher aspirations, brighter future : NRCCI matching resources to needs report

Report presenting the results of an audit of current provision for children in residential care in Scotland and proposing a strategy for the development and supply of residential child care services to match the full range of needs of children and young people.

From the inside : experiences of prison mental health care

Report presenting the findings of a review of the provision of and need for mental health care in five prisons in the West Midlands and making recommendations on how services could be improved.

Experiences of the early implementation of the Mental health (care and treatment) (Scotland) act 2003: a cohort study

This research study, commissioned by the Scottish Government Health Directorate, has evaluated the experience and perspectives of those with direct experience of, as well as those working with, the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 (MHCT Act). A team of independent researchers including 8 mental health service users undertook the study, which lasted 2 years from September 2006.