social work and social workers

Looked after children and young people: we can and must do better

This publication is intended for everyone who is concerned with looked after children and young people and their families. This includes: elected members, local authority staff, staff in voluntary organisations, private providers, foster carers, health professionals and those involved in developing and improving children’s services.

The Social Work History Station

This resource presents a history of social work in the United States. It consists of five chapters of social work's early years as well as some biographies and off-site resources that seem particularly pertinent to social workers.

Evaluation of Reading Rich

Scottish Government evaluation of the Reading Rich programme, a partnership between National Children's Homes Scotland and the Scottish Book Trust which aimed to introduce a 'reading rich' environment for children and young people who are looked after in residential and foster care settings in Scotland so they could benefit from reading, books and literature. It ran from 2004 to 2007.

Development and Testing of the Scottish GP Access Survey Questionnaire

A report describing the development and cognitive testing of the covering letter and questionnaire to be used in the GP Access Survey 2008/09.

SCIE consultation response: I'm not asking to live like the queen

The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) was commissioned by the Department of Health to consult on the green paper Independence, well-being and choice: Our vision for the future of social care for adults in England with service users (or potential service users) who are seldom heard or often described as being ‘hard to reach.'

Learning with care: the education of children looked after away from home by local authorities

A report from Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Education and the Social Work Inspectorate, which covers the results of an inspection into the social work and educational services provided to meet the educational needs of children in the care of local authorities.

Report of the case management inquiry

This report outlines the findings of a case management inquiry into the way in which a young man was placed by the Adult Placement Service in a family where he then seriously abused two children. The inquiry considers events in the areas of: response to the need for an emergency placement; care planning; and the Social Services Directorate's policy and procedures. Failure of the Leaving Care Team to carry out a risk assessment or pass on information about previous incidents to the Adult Placement Service are highlighted. Recommendations are included.

Preventing offending by young people: a framework for action

Scottish Government publication aimed at preventing offending by young people. It outlines a shared ambition of what the government and its partners want to do to as national and local agencies to prevent, divert, manage and change offending behaviour by children and young people - and how they want to do it.

The framework is broad in its scope, spanning prevention, diversion, intervention and risk management, with reference to the individual, the family and the wider community. It reaches from pre-birth and early years to the transition to adult services.

SCIE Research briefing 31: Co-production: an emerging evidence base for adult social care transformation

The term ‘co-production’ is increasingly being applied to new types of public service delivery in the UK, including new approaches to adult social care. This briefing explains how staff should be encouraged to access co-productive initiatives, recognising and supporting diversity among the people who use services. And the importance of creating new structures, regulatory and commissioning practices and financial streams is necessary to embed co-production as a long-term rather than ad hoc solution.

Thinking About Moving into a Care Home?

Booklet primarily aimed at people considering entering a care home. Part 2 of the booklet explains how to contact the social work service.