carers

Understanding and measuring outcomes: the role of qualitative data

Guide that has been developed to support the collection and use of personal outcomes data. Personal outcomes data refers to information gathered from people supported by health and social services and their unpaid carers about what's important to them in their lives and the ways in which they would like to be supported. The guide is divided into three parts.

Part 1 explores the links between an outcomes approach and qualitative data, why qualitative data is important and what it can achieve.

The Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 - parts 10 and 11 (Aftercare and Continuing Care)

First in a series of briefings from CELCIS that help to explain specific parts of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014. Each briefing will set out clearly the new rights and responsibilities of looked after children, care leavers and carers, and the new duties, powers and expectations placed on public bodies.

Real Lives, real difference: service user and carer involvement in professional education

On the 4 June 2013, eight Scottish universities involved in the Scottish Inter-University Social Work Service User and Carers’ Network, supported by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) and the Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services (IRISS), collaborated to produce the first national service user and carer conference aimed at highlighting the importance of involving people who have experience of using social work and/or health services in the education of social workers and other professionals.

This conference report documents the outcomes of the day.

Future care - the case for care leave: families, work and the ageing population

Research that shows that the UK is falling far behind other countries regarding care leave, many of which are finding creative solutions to support their workforce and address the challenges of ageing populations. 

It argues that if the UK is to cope with the critical demographic challenge it faces and reap the social and economic benefits of helping carers to juggle work and care then more must be done.

Shaping Our Lives: resources library

A list of resources collated by Shaping Our Lives  - a National network of service users and disabled people.

Your story

Stories of those affected by dementia, including people with dementia, carers and relatives.

Co-production in social care: what it is and how to do it

A guide to co-production in social care and how to develop co-productive approaches to working with people who use services and carers.

Ending 15-minute care

Findings of a study based on a request for information made to 152 English local authorities, one English Primary Care Trust and one English Clinical Commissioning Group under the Freedom of Information Act; a nationally representative
ComRes poll of 2025 British adults, including 456 adults with a disability or health condition; and a number of qualitative interviews and brief surveys undertaken with care workers, disabled and older people in receipt of 15-minute care visits, and family members of those in receipt of 15-minute care visits.

Carers and young carers: statement of intent

Scottish Government's statement of intent as regards carers and young carers.