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The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) have published a new resource to support learners, managers, assessors and educators to get the most benefit from the Dementia Skilled – Improving Practice resource. If you are a manager, the Guidance for learners, managers, assessors and educators will help you to consider how…
This learning summary provides a brief, anonymised account of the circumstances of the case and agency involvement. It presents the process and findings, with an analysis overview, learning points and recommendations. It will not refer to all of the particulars of the case. The learning points, recommendations and action points…
Wicked issues – complex problems that cannot be solved in a traditional fashion – are nothing new. But the current challenges facing the NHS, social care and others are arguably the most ‘wicked’ yet. There is a danger that the new models of care discussed in the Five Year Forward…
The 10,000 Voices initiative is designed to capture the lived experience of people who use services and affords them an opportunity to tell their story in a way that enables services to change and improve. The survey was undertaken in partnership with the PHA and this report represents the first…
How the measures aim to help improve social work practice, reduce the need for repeat interventions and increase the resources to deal with rising demand. This evaluation examines how well each of the programme areas is working and in what circumstances. The overall objective of the Programme was to create…
The Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland published six new local visit reports which include visits to NHS hospital wards and units, and a prison. The reports highlight positive and negative findings from the Commission's visits, one of which was unannounced. The Commission makes recommendations for change where necessary and expects…
The initial impetus for the commissioning of this evidence review was a commitment set out in 'Adoption: A vision for change (2016)' to produce 'an independent summary of relevant research evidence for use by local authority managers, social workers and judges which focuses on comparative outcomes of different placement options'.…
The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) has published the Children’s Services Workforce 2015 report which provides a more detailed breakdown of the workforce in children’s services than was previously available. The services examined in the report are day care of children, residential child care and school care accommodation. In the…
Friday 24 March saw the launch of Iriss Insight 35 - Gypsy Travellers: Human rights and social work's role - at an event to start conversations to bring about lasting change. The event was a partnership of members of the Gypsy Traveller community, Iriss and Scottish Association of Social Work…
A new report from the Institute of Public Care (IPC) at Oxford Brookes University highlights how taking a performance management approach can help Councils deliver outcomes and better manage demand in adult social care. The paper, co-authored by Visiting Professor John Bolton (pictured) and IPC Assistant Director Philip Provenzano, provides…
The Department for Education has published the Institute of Public Care’s evaluation of a range of innovations in Children’s Social Care in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight trialled during 2015-16. These innovations include: Multi-disciplinary teams working with families with ‘toxic trio’ issues Use of volunteers to work with young…
This case study highlights good practice in taking a wider system approach to planning for the future accommodation needs of an ageing population in Powys. It describes the approach taken by Powys and its partners to developing a comprehensive understanding of the current and future accommodation based needs of its…
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