Insights

Evidence summaries to support the social services in Scotland. They are reviewed by people with research, policy and practice expertise to ensure they are robust and meet the needs of social service stakeholders in Scotland.

Evaluating social prescribing

Insight 55

Evaluating social prescribing
Provides a review of the research methods and approaches used to evaluate UK-based social prescribing interventions in recent years. It gives an overview of how social prescribing has been evaluated, and what can be learned from this.

Working with people who commit hate crime

Insight 50

Insight 50
Aims to consolidate some of the existing research on effective practice with people who commit hate offences, firstly defining and describing hate crime and its root causes, and then considering what may constitute effective practice for practitioners in Scotland working in this field.

Managing high-risk sex offenders: messages for practice

Insight 48

Managing high-risk sex offenders: messages for practice
Outlines research to support practitioners working with high-risk offenders. It draws on relevant literature to inform understanding of: persons who commit sexually abusive behaviours; approaches to risk assessment; and community management.

Rural social work in Scotland

Insight 47

Rural social work in Scotland
Explores the particularities of the rural context, the policy framework, and goes on to describe approaches that can be used to help social workers living and working in rural Scotland.