This summary explores the evidence around Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), their impact on educational outcomes and what interventions may be effective in supporting young people with ACEs in educational contexts. It draws on evidence from social care, health and education to provide background information and identify examples interventions with identifiable outcomes for young people, and examples of good practice around ACEs- and trauma-informed approaches that may be relevant in Scotland. It also identifies some key limitations of the evidence around ACEs and the application of the concept in the educational context.
Published in ESSS Outlines on 23 Apr 2018
This summary looks at how the social care workforce in Scotland can be further developed to deliver self-directed support. In the literature reviewed, there was limited shared knowledge about successful staff training and development to support personalisation, despite an emphasis in several Scottish Government reports on the importance of sharing good practice. The suggested approaches in this summary are involving service users in SDS training; person-centred practice; and further developing workforce understanding of the processes of personalisation. This document also highlights the barriers experienced by the workforce in making the shift towards personalisation.
Published in ESSS Outlines on 17 Apr 2018
This evidence summary examines how community-based interventions can support young people's social and emotional wellbeing. Due to a scarcity of robust evaluation and reporting taking place across the sector, we selected a wide-range of materials for this review, including systematic reviews, relevant individual studies and case studies from UK-based organisations. Studies examining a range of different children’s and young people’s interventions were selected, with most aimed at improving social skills, emotional wellbeing and behavioural difficulties.
Published in ESSS Outlines on 4 Apr 2018
This summary focuses on evidence of the indirect impact on children from living with the effect of adult to adult coercive control. Overall there is very little research into coercive control without violence, and even less specific research into how children experience coercive controlling behaviours only, when living with domestic violence perpetrated by one caregiver to another. However, we have identified some key publications and sources of knowledge that seek to identify and explain the impact of coercive control on young people, where these effects are described specifically. Children who witness severe and ongoing parental conflict can have significant negative outcomes for children. Children who witness severe and ongoing parental conflict can display: externalising problems (such as behavioural difficulties, antisocial behavior, conduct disorder); Internalising problems (such as low self-esteem, depression and anxiety); academic problems; physical health problems; and social and interpersonal relationship problems. It is important for people working in social services to understand the impact of coercive control and develop relevant assessment skills. This Outline provides contextual information and recommendations for reading and development.
Published in ESSS Outlines on 19 Mar 2018
This evidence summary seeks to address the following question relating to palliative and end of life care for people with alcohol related brain damage (ARBD): What is considered good practice in providing end of life and palliative care for people with ARBD? It draws on evidence from academic research, health and social care guidelines and recommendations from specialist organisations to identify examples of good practice in palliative and end of life care, in terms of general recommendations, dementia-specific guidance and ARBD-specific considerations.
Published in ESSS Outlines on 2 Feb 2018
This Outline explores the challenges facing local authorities when seeking to implement brokerage models of self directed support in rural Scottish communities.
Published in ESSS Outlines on 24 Jan 2018
This evidence summary seeks to identify some best practice recruitment strategies from voluntary social care and other relevant sectors and industries. It provides background information about social care recruitment in Scotland and identifies the key challenges identified in the evidence.
Published in ESSS Outlines on 15 Jan 2018
This Outline explores distributed approaches to leadership in the context of childcare and early years settings. It provides some background to Scottish policy priorities and principles of leadership and distributed approaches.
Published in ESSS Outlines on 19 Dec 2017
This Outline explores the evidence around social work placements and the differences and similarities between statutory and voluntary placements.
Published in ESSS Outlines on 6 Dec 2017
This Outline explores the relationship between adults who access child sexual abuse images online and those who commit contact offences. It identifies examples of good practice for social workers handling cases in this context.
Published in ESSS Outlines on 6 Dec 2017