social work and social workers

Regulations covering services for children and young people up to the age of 16 years which are to be regulated under the Regulation of Care (Scotland) Act 2001.

Applicable to services in public, private and voluntary sectors, and in domestic or non-domestic premises which provide services for over two hours a day and for six days or more each year.

Four in five paid carers are women, because of gender norms and also the gender pay gap which makes it more costly for men to reduce employment hours. However, as more women move into other employment, the sector is struggling to recruit and retain staff. Susan Himmelweit from the Open University and Hilary Land from the University of Bristol examine what can be done to attract enough carers to meet society's increasing care needs.

This Local Authority Circular sets out the resources available for the year 2009-2010 for the Mental Capacity Act 2005, including the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards which come into effect on 1 April 2009 and provisional figures for 2010-2011.

Lord Laming's report into the death of Victoria Climbie highlighted the importance of good quality staff supervision. Highlights the lack of improvement in staff supervision over the last 6 years and discusses the need for more consistent standards.

Guide intended to assist councils, working with key strategic partners, to evaluate their performance on the strategic commissioning of care and wider supports for adults, children and young people.

It should also assist councils to evaluate joint commissioning with partner agencies. Its use is not mandatory.

The guide is designed for use in all sectors of social work. It is not prescriptive, and it is for councils to decide how to use the material. However, it contains key questions to ask when evaluating performance on strategic commissioning.

Social Care Institute of Excellence (SCIE) feature on dementia, exploring the effective implementation of the SCIE / NICE Dementia guidelines. SCIE’s film aims to highlight the importance of social and health care working together to help people with dementia better manage their condition.

The author reports on research which aimed to examine the impact on carers of people receiving individual budgets and the outcomes for carers of this new approach.

While there are many ways in which personal budgets can be provided, one of the main ways is through a direct payment.

This research is the first to examine the impact on carers of people receiving IBs and the outcomes for carers of this new approach.

This progress map summary includes key research findings from a C4EO knowledge review about the diverse needs of different groups of disabled children and their families, and whether services are meeting these needs. The summary includes challenge questions which can be used as tools for strategic leaders in assessing, delivering and monitoring the ways in which the needs of disabled children from differentiated groups are met.

Trusted assessors are support workers who have the skills to provide older and disabled people with equipment to help them to maintain their independence. This document aims to inform professional development and training activity relating to equipment provision. It is divided into four parts.

Evidence-based policy and practice increasingly demands the use of research as a key tool to improve practice. However, little research can be directly applied to practice, many practitioners aren't equipped to digest research and appropriate support systems are lacking. What is needed is a better understanding of the relationship between social care research and the work of social care practitioners, including what organisational structures are needed to enable the use of research.