access to services
A recent High Court case involving restrictions on eligibility criteria has highlighted the importance of public bodies' general equality duty under section 49A of the Disability Discrimination Act 1996. This article discusses the implications of the judgment in December 2007 in the case of R (Chavda and Others) v Harrow LBC. The case had been brought on behalf of three service users who were challenging the Council's decision to restrict the care services it provides to people with 'critical needs'.
This publication reports on a study that investigated recent developments in the UK and Republic of Ireland in services for young people who have demonstrated sexually abusive behaviour. The authors carried out: a literature review; a survey of key experts; a study of structural and management issues in this area; a mapping survey; analysis of policy documents; a qualitative study of service user perspectives. Findings from each activity are discussed separately before being drawn together in the final chapter.
Key messages are presented from a study looking at mental health services provided by the NHS, councils, prisons, the police and the voluntary sector across Scotland for all ages. The study examines the accessibility and availability of mental health services and how much is spent on them.
The report provides an overview of mental health services and is the first in a series of planned reports in this area. The researchers carried out an overview to highlight areas for improvement and to identify priorities for future audit work.
Mind is a leading mental health charity in England and Wales and has produced information on many areas of mental health. This factsheet aims to shed some light on what is known about the Chinese and Vietnamese communities and their mental health needs and is intended for professionals, students, and members of the Chinese and Vietnamese community in Britain. Much of the information will be useful for mental health service users and carers.
Systematic maps aim to describe the existing research literature on a broad topic area and also highlight any gaps. This systematic map includes research on the experience of depression in various BME older populations and the use of services in the UK.
The provision of the Practice Learning Qualification Stage 2 (PLQ2) in the North of Scotland. Report of a feasibility study for Scottish Social Services Learning Network North by Anita Parker and Jean Gordon.
This progress map summary includes key research findings from a C4EO knowledge review about how to improve disabled children's access to play, sport, leisure and cultural activities.
The summary includes challenge questions which can be used as tools for strategic leaders in assessing, delivering and monitoring disabled children's access to services. Key findings discussed include what are inclusive services, what disabled children want from play and leisure services and barriers to access and participation.
This report draws on the findings of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation's Governance and Public Services research programme and other related JRF work. It also looks at how citizens are involved, how they influence decisions and how diversity and population change affect citizen and community involvement.
The round-up outlines the challenges and dilemmas that local partners, central government, councillors, staff and communities must resolve if citizens are to have more power and influence over local services and their neighbourhoods.
Report arguing that the social care system in England suffers from a number of flaws such as lack of clarity, complexity and unfairness. It puts forward the idea of a constitution for social care which would ensure a system based on a clear set of principles setting out exactly what users can expect from the system and what they might contribute in return.
This resource is for practitioners who work to support or may come into contact with young carers. It is not an assessment tool but a "map" for both families and agencies to follow so they can see what choices, what responsibilities and what lines of accountability for services may be available. When using the "Whole Family Pathway", practitioners should refer to the Key Principles of Practice for supporting young carers and their families.