risk assessment

Growing support : a review of services for vulnerable families with very young children

This report describes the findings and conclusions of an inter-disciplinary review of social work and health services in Scotland to support vulnerable families with young children aged 0-3 years. It also takes account of other important services such as early education and childcare, housing, health services for adults and Children’s Hearings.

Support and Services for Parents: A Review of the Literature in Engaging and Supporting Parents

Literature review published by the Scottish Government which draws together existing knowledge on assessing and evaluating parenting interventions. In conducting the literature review, the research team was interested in re-examining the historical policy context to locate the rationale for the introduction of Parenting Orders and the apparent under use of the provisions and the evidence of risk and protective factors and the interrelated issues of antisocial behaviour and child care, alongside effective approaches to family service provision.

The risks of young people abusing sexually at home, in the community or both: a comparative study of 34 boys in Edinburgh with harmful sexual behaviour (Towards effective practice, paper 8)

Report of a study which sought to establish whether it is meaningful to think about sibling incest as a discrete type of adolescent sexual abuse and whether a boy who has abused his younger sibling might then also be considered a risk to the wider community and vice versa.

Care relationships

This resource is one of the units on the Open University's OpenLearn website, which provides free and open educational resources for learners and educators around the world. After studying this unit users should be able to demonstrate understanding of the importance of negotiating the meaning of care relationships and be able to identify ways in which people play the roles of 'carer' and 'receiver of care'. This unit combines activities and discussion.

Comprehensive area assessment: framework document

CAA is the new framework for the independent assessment of local public services in England. This document sets out how it will be delivered from April 2009.

Part 1 gives an executive summary and framework overview.

Part 2 details the framework and what it will deliver and describes area assessment, organisational assessments, and how CAA will be carried out. Further sections cover improvement and inspection planning, reporting CAA, the evolution of assessment and reviewing and evaluating CAA.

Domiciliary care: national minimum standards

Document setting out the national minimum standards expected of domiciliary care agencies in England to ensure good quality personal care and support for people while living in their own home in the community.

'Work in progress': an audit of criminal justice social work provision in Scotland 2001-2002 (Towards effective practice, paper 2)

Report presenting the results of an audit of criminal justice social work provision in Scotland carried out to gain a national picture of the main areas of structured activity in community based programme and service development in Scotland.

Chance would be a fine thing : reassessing risk in mental health (MindThink report 2)

Document reporting the discussions and conclusions of a MindThink seminar held to deliberate issues surrounding the meaning of autonomy and risk in mental health care.

Working with Overdose and Suicide

Training resource on working with overdose and suicide.

Risk Management Authority

Website of the RMA, the Scottish public body tasked with ensuring the effective assessment, management and minimisation of risk of serious violent and sexual offenders.