literature reviews

Working with challenging and disruptive situations in residential child care : sharing effective practice

Paper reporting on a knowledge review carried out to pinpoint what is known about effective working with challenging and disruptive situations in residential care.

The costs of child poverty for individuals and society : a literature review

Report reviewing the evidence on the impacts of poverty on individuals growing up in industrialised OECD countries in the areas of health, education, employment, behaviour, finance, relationships and subjective well-being.

Do psychosocial risk factors influence health in community settings?

Report summarising the results of a literature review carried out to gather evidence to enable a better understanding of the risk factors which contribute to health inequalities at community level and inform strategies to tackle this problem.

Early years, life chances and equality: a literature review

Reviews recent literature on how early years experiences may impact on life chances for different groups of the population. Life chances can cover a range of opportunities that people can experience as they become adults and into their later life. These opportunities include, for example, the likelihood of being in employment over individuals’ lifetimes, the chances of obtaining educational qualifications and the chances of good physical and mental health.

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.

Parental confidence in the special educational needs assessment, statementing and tribunal system : qualitative study (Research report DCSF-RR117)

Report presenting the findings of a study of parental experiences of the special educational needs (SEN) assessment, statementing and Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal (SENDIST) system. The goal was to gain a greater insight into perceived problems with SEN provision and to identify those factors which make the system work well for some parents and not others.

The sexual health and wellbeing of vulnerable groups in Scotland : a scoping review of research literature

Report presenting the findings of a scoping study which reviewed completed and current research, and research gaps, relating to the sexual well-being of defined vulnerable and hard-to-reach groups in Scotland. The review was intended to facilitate the identification of priorities for future sexual health research in Scotland.

Effective Approaches to Risk Assessment in Social Work : An International Literature Review

The Scottish Executive Education Department commissioned the Social Work Research Centre at the University of Stirling to undertake an international literature review on risk assessment across the three main areas of social work expertise: criminal justice, community care and child protection.

Growing up : school, family and area influences on adolescents' later life chances

Paper exploring the links between school, family and environmental background influences during adolescence and later adult economic outcomes.

Reducing drug users' risk of overdose

Report of a research project which aimed to look at ways of reducing drug users' risk of overdose and recommend interventions to bring down the number of drug-related deaths in Scotland.