Report of a research project which aimed to look at ways of reducing drug users' risk of overdose and recommend interventions to bring down the number of drug-related deaths in Scotland.
Report of a qualitative study which aimed to deepen understanding of drinking behaviours and different drinking cultures in Scotland and make a contribution towards the further development of a Scottish strategy to reduce alcohol-related harm.
Paper examining research concerned with adult and youth violent offending with the aim of increasing awareness of the salient issues amongst social work practitioners and those interested from a policy perspective.
Tackling drug misuse in Scotland is one of the Scottish Executive’s key priorities. The Executive has adopted Tackling Drugs in Scotland: Action in Partnership as the forward drugs strategy for Scotland.
This plan sets out how the Executive will play its part in beating drugs in terms of young people, communities and treatment.
This review examines the available research about both the impact of problem drug use and interventions designed to reduce that impact. It starts by looking at definitions, the extent of problem drug use, and its impact across important aspects of children’s lives. The review is intended for social care workers involved with adults – using or affected by drugs – and their children and young relatives.
Not all families affected by substance misuse will experience difficulties. However, parental substance misuse may have significant and damaging consequences for children. These children are entitled to help, support and protection, within their own families wherever possible. Sometimes they will need agencies to take prompt action to secure their safety. Parents too will need strong support to tackle and overcome their problems and promote their children’s full potential.
In early 2006, the Scottish Executive Justice Department commissioned a review of the available evidence on volatile substance abuse (VSA) among young people in Scotland, particularly, in relation to the prevalence and nature of VSA, successful prevention of VSA and effective communication of VSA information and messages.
This report details the findings of that review and makes recommendations for the way in which the review of evidence can be used to take forward the volatile substance abuse agenda in Scotland.
This document aims to provide information and support for practitioners in the use of a range of tools as part of the assessment process and the care planning of people with drug problems. The document contains: definitions and principles of the assessment process; profiles of 40 tools used as part of the assessment process; and definitions of core data sets.
This document sets out the rationale for integrated care and its wider context. It provides definitions and concepts of integrated care and its key elements: accessibility, assessment, planning and delivery of care, information sharing, monitoring and evaluation. Evidence is also provided from research literature, focus groups and consultation on the key issues that influence effective practice in integrated care. Key principles and elements of effective practice drawn from the evidence are also explained.
Mind is a leading mental health charity in England and Wales and has produced information on many areas of mental health. This Mind factsheet looks at understanding addiction and dependency. It also provides references for further reading and a list of useful organisations.