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The new Social Services Knowledge Scotland (SSKS) website has recently been launched, with improved functionality, which makes it easier to find, save and share information. Developed by NHS Education for Scotland (NES) and the Iriss, SSKS is a…

Recent evidence from a poll commissioned by the charity, Scope, found that nearly 40% of people (who are not disabled and do not have a disabled family member) don't know any disabled people, and that 90% of Britons have never had a disabled…

The challenges associated with caring for someone who suffers with psychosis - a set of symptoms that include delusions, hallucinations and confused or disturbed thoughts - can be overwhelming. Psychosis is a symptom of schizophrenia, bipolar…

Social services, when based on the best available evidence of what works, are more likely to lead to successful outcomes for the people using them. This is what the Iriss aims to champion with the development of its Evidence-informed Practice…

DotComUnity is a newly developed website that was launched nationally in February 2010. It aims to provide a one-stop online resource and directory of community services, care information and social interactivity for adults and children with a…

The tide of social media cannot be turned. To quote Socitm, a professional organisation representing ICT managers in local government, "Failure to engage with the trend is tantamount to decrying the telephone at the end of the 19th century".…

Nearly one in ten young people between the ages of 16 and 17 drink at least once a week due to boredom, according to a YouGov poll commissioned in July 2009, by the alcohol charity, Drinkaware. The poll questioned 1,071 teenagers, the results of…

Care leavers may feel isolated well into adulthood and some have difficulty talking about their childhood, even to close friends and family.

To help care leavers overcome these difficulties, the Care Leavers Association has recently…

What better way to gain an insight into the current needs of social services other than to ask the service users and carers themselves? The Social Work Education Participation (SWEP) website aims to achieve this by giving a voice to service users…

Google, possibly the web search engine of choice for most people, is wonderfully efficient at unearthing useful information. But have you ever wondered if there might be something relevant away down there on page 100 of your results? For more…