family support

Report that details the findings of a study carried out by the Centre for Child and Family Research (CCFR) to explore the cost effectiveness of providing Action for Children Intensive Family Support (IFS) Services.

Research produced as a result of a project which aimed to consult directly with older people to ascertain their views on all aspects of social care and report on the main findings.

SRC worked in partnership with Age NI staff and peer facilitators to recruit for and run three focus groups across NI. The focus groups were held in Belfast, Cookstown and Irvinestown. In total, twenty four older people attended the focus groups – two thirds male and one third female.

Paper that brings together the Action for Children evidence base on intensive family support services. It is collated under a number of themes:

- keeping children safe
- keeping young people safety at home/out of care
- keeping children out of custody
- keeping children healthy
- improving children's relationships
- savings to the state and communities
- improving educational attainment
- reducing anti-social behaviour
- housing stability

Briefing for family carers supporting a teenager or young adult with severe learning disabilities and behaviour described as challenging, who is approaching transition to adult services. It will help people understand what to expect from local services.

The Moffat Charitable Trust “Preventing Crisis for Carers” project was been established to enable Princess Royal Trust for Carers centres to work with their local statutory partners, and other carers’ centres within their health board, to identify carers at the earliest possible stage and promote the development of good working practices around processes such as hospital discharge planning and carers’ assessments.

The MCA Code of Practice says that the IMCA safeguard is intended for ‘those people who have little or no network of support, such as close family or friends, who take an interest in their welfare or no one willing or able to be formally consulted in decision-making processes’ (10.74). It provides guidance about when an IMCA should be instructed in cases where a person has some contact with family or friends

Document describing and discussing the work of the Healthy Fathering Project, which was created to raise awareness of the importance of positive and involved fathers to children, promote professional understanding and commitment to engage with fathers more actively, influence policy and practice and pilot direct work with men as fathers and with children.

Providing suitable and sustainable accommodation for children and young people who have offended or are at risk of offending is critical to both social inclusion and reducing re-offending. This strategy aims to develop work with national, regional and local partners to prevent homelessness among young people who have offended or who are at risk of offending, and to increase their access to suitable and sustainable accommodation.

This report has been produced under the auspices of the Scottish Child Care and Protection Network (SCCPN). SCCPN aims to increase access to and use of research evidence in practice. The review has been undertaken in response to practitioners who have requested more information on what makes for best practice in working with families where parental substance misuse is a factor. It has also been undertaken in response to a brief set out by the Scottish Government (2008) in The Road to Recovery, the most recent strategy on drugs.