social work

Prisons and sentencing reform : developing policy in Scotland

Report intended for policy makers interested in prison and sentencing reform. It presents evidence about the situation in Scotland and ideas for future policy development in Scotland. These ideas are based on research presented by academics at a seminar on sentencing reform held 12 December 2008.

Working Together to Improve Adult Protection - Risk Assessment and Protection Plan

The Adult Protection Shared Learning Initiative identified the need for developments in risk assessment, protection planning and standards. This paper presents the standards and the risk assessment and protection planning formats.

Providing information and explaining

This resource uses a case study to help you explore the challenges that social workers experience during interviews and what decisions can be made to overcome some of these. It highlights that discovering the other person’s perspective and establishing a shared agenda for the interview are priority tasks, as well as the need to explain bureaucratic procedures and to provide as well as gather information.

Neoliberalism, the Third Way and Social Work: the UK experience

This article is from the Social Work & Society journal and critically assesses the central claims of neoliberalism in the light of experience in the UK.

Criminal justice social work performance inspection programme 2003-2007 : final report

Document reporting the principal findings of the programme of inspections of criminal justice social work services which took place between September 2003 and April 2007 and making recommendations for improvements.

Joint inspection of services to protect children and young people in the North Lanarkshire Council area

The Joint Inspection of Children’s Services and Inspection of Social Work Services (Scotland) Act 2006, together with the associated regulations and Code of Practice, provide the legislative framework for the conduct of joint inspections of the provision of services to children.

How do I get help?

Factsheet providing information and advice on sources of help available to all those caring for family members or friends in Scotland. Topics covered include carers' assessments, emotional support, financial matters and making a complaint.

Harsh realities : Programme 3 (Radio 4 Science)

Harsh Realities looks at how doctors, nurses, social services, and advisers take vital decisions about our lives. The third programme in the series looks at the legal minefield of assisted suicide and asks if it is ever morally acceptable for a doctor to help kill a patient. This programme is the last of three chaired by Niall Dickson, the BBC’s social affairs editor. In each programme Niall will be joined by professionals who have direct experience of the subject under discussion. In order to listen to this programme select programme 2 for audio access.

Companion for Undergraduate Dissertations : Sociology, Anthropology, Politics, Social Policy, Social Work and Criminology

This resource has been prepared to provide support and guidance for personal study and to help you through the dissertation process. It deals with some of the common questions, concerns and practical issues that undergraduate students come across when completing their social science-based dissertation or final year project. The resource also provides some useful information for academic staff who are supervising undergraduate dissertations.

Communicating in challenging situations

This resource looks at what we mean by the term ‘challenging situations’ and explores in particular the communication difficulties that can be encountered when people feel guarded and defensive, perhaps because they feel threatened in some way. Using a case study you will work through some of the more advanced communication skills needed in these situations.