social care services

Better info, better lives

This website has lots of information about the social care services and support available to people with learning disabilities. A guide on how to use this website is also available. Website published by the Scottish Consortium for Learning Disability.

SCIE report 42: ‘we are more than our story’: service user and carer participation in social work education

This report draws on the views of service users and carers from the Social Work Education Participation (SWEP) website steering group and members of the General Social Care Council (GSCC) Visitors group who inspect social work programmes with GSCC inspectors. Report published by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) in July 2011. Review date is July 2014.

Report 23: a review of knowledge management and evidence-based practice activities and networks in adult social care in the North West of England

The purpose of this report is to review existing knowledge management and evidence-based practice activities and networks in the North West region and to develop a regional strategy for taking this forward. Time and resources are often wasted because people develop methods over and over again, rather than sharing what they know through reliable local, regional, national and international networks.

SCIE report 18: looking out from the middle: user involvement in health and social care in Northern Ireland

The Northern Ireland Social Care Council (NISCC), the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA) and the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) commissioned this research with the aim of strengthening user involvement in Northern Ireland. Report 18 looks across health and social care services for children, young people and adults. Report published by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) in February 2008.

SCIE report 16: social care research capacity consultation

The four central governments of the UK, with the support of the Economic and Social Research Council, asked SCIE to conduct a UK-wide consultation on how to increase social care research capacity. This consultation provides a picture of the views of people concerned about, or who have a stake in, the infrastructure for social care research and development. The report recommendations identify key issues in the consultation that need to be taken into account in strengthening research capacity and in coordinating developments across the UK.

Good practice in social care for refugees and asylum seekers [SCIE guide 37]

The purpose of this guide is to support commissioners and providers of social care services to work effectively with refugees and asylum seekers. Guide published by Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) in June 2010. Review date is June 2013.

SCIE report 11: ESRC research, social work and social care

This report looks at what contribution ESRC research programmes make - and might make - to the knowledge base for social work and social care. The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) is the largest single UK funder of social science research. Its role has been significantly expanded in recent years with a view to reinforcing the contribution made by social science to evidence-based policy and practice. Report published by Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) in December 2004.

SCIE report 1: listening exercise: summary of findings

This report summarises the findings of the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) Listening Exercise, which took place between February and July 2002. SCIE is an independent organisation created in response to the government drive to improve quality in social care services across England and Wales. It was launched in October 2001. As SCIE is a new organisation, it was considered appropriate during its first year to carry out a special Listening Exercise project.

Stakeholder participation SCIE guide 17 : practice guide: the participation of adult service users, including older people, in developing social care

This guide focuses on how practitioners and managers can initiate and sustain the participation of adult service users, including older people, in ways that
empower service users and reflect a shared commitment to developing social care services in a more democratic way. The guide is one of a series published by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE). SCIE guides are one-stop shops for social care practitioners, presenting key findings, current legislation and examples of what is working well to guide and inform practice. Guide published in June 2007

Making social care more accessible for adults with autism [SCIE guide 43]

This guide looks at how social care services can improve access to adults with autism. It is based on research that explores the barriers to services experienced by people with autism. It covers people with autism, whether or not they also have a learning disability. The guide suggests ways services can improve, identifying how best to meet the goals of the government's autism strategy. Easy read summary. This guide is one of a series published by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE).