research methods

Learning together to safeguard children : developing a multi-agency systems approach for case reviews

Report presenting an innovative multi-agency 'systems' model for organisational learning. 'Learning together' is an introduction both to a way of thinking and its application in practice. It lays out the actions needed for a structured and systematic process of learning from practice via case reviews.

The parent-child relationship: a family strength

Study analysing the parent-child relationship and showing that deep parental involvement and positive parent-child interaction lasts throughout childhood and into the teenage years for most young people.

HandsOnScotland Toolkit

HandsOnScotland is an online resource for parents and anybody working with or caring for children and young people. The website provides practical information and techniques on how to respond helpfully to children and young people's troubling behaviour and offers advice and activities on how to help them flourish

Young people (18-24) and their financial information needs

Report examining the information needs of young people with regard to personal finance and looking at ways in which information may be altered to make it more effective, including removing structural and psychological barriers preventing information reaching young people.

What methods can assist adults with communication difficulties to express their preferences? (Outline 11)

Paper pointing to what can be learned from available evidence to enable strategies to be devised to promote equitable access and personalised support for adults with communication difficulties.

Public Understanding, Expectations and Views about Child Protection in Scotland

The Child Protection Review Team of the Scottish Executive Department commissioned MORI Scotland to conduct a programme of research. The overall aim of this research was to assess levels of public knowledge and understanding of the current child protection processes and within this, look at expectations that the public have about the role of the individual, community and public agency in child protection and the degree to which each should take responsibility or become involved.

The annual report of Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Education, Children's Services and Skills 2007/08 (Summary report)

This summary of the 2007/08 annual report presents evidence from the first full year of inspection and regulation undertaken by the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills, which came into being in April 2007. The report covers the period from July 2007 to August 2008 and sets out findings from childcare, children’s social care, and education and skills provision for learners of all ages.

A review of how fathers can be better recognised and supported through DCSF policy

While fathers can play an extremely important role in achieving positive outcomes for their children, they also face significant barriers to engaging with a range of family services. The available research shows that parental involvement is one of the most important factors in children’s achievement and adjustment and that fathers are vitally important in this.

Scotland's Children : Children (Scotland) Act 1995 : Research Findings No 4 : Home Supervision

This study of home supervision conducted from 2000-2002 was commissioned by the Scottish Executive. The research team obtained data from social work case records; reporters; panel members; teachers; social workers; families; a national data set of children on home supervision; and key informants in local authorities. The overall aim of the study was to examine the effectiveness of home supervision in promoting beneficial changes in the life of the child.

GIRFEC: Childhood, Citizenship and Children's Services - Welcome and Minister's Address

This podcast is taken from the 'GIRFEC: Childhood, Citizenship and Children's Services' Conference held in Glasgow on the 24-26 September. Welcome and Opening Remarks and Minister's Address - Mr Adam Ingram, Minister for Children and Early Years.