Insights are evidence summaries to support the social services in Scotland. They outline the evidence and discuss the potential implications for the social services.

Insights 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.

If you have an idea about a topic for an Insight that you think would be useful for a wide social service audience we would be delighted to hear from you.

Parents with learning disabilities

Insight 37

Key points

  • Parents with learning disabilities can and do become good enough parents when appropriate supports are in place
  • Parents with a learning disability often have very complex needs as a result of a range of issues including poverty, discrimination, depression and poor self-esteem
  • Families where the parent has a learning disability are often over-represented in the child protection system
  • There is a lack of clarity over the number of parents

Gypsy Travellers: Human rights and social work’s role

Insight 35

Gypsy Travellers have an important place in modern day Scotland with a heritage and culture that should be celebrated and valued. The fact that they are often not, points to deep seated prejudices that should be positively challenged.

The impact of welfare reform on the social services workforce

Insight 32

Key points

  • Welfare reform has increased demand on the social services workforce, especially those in third sector care and support
  • Workers have been emotionally affected by the impact of welfare reform on clients lives and have felt angry, distressed, as well as disappointed and frustrated in their ability to help
  • Workers have been diverted fr

Peer support roles in mental health services

Insight 31

Key points

  • Peer support is not new and exists in many forms, from informal sharing of experiences, to formalised peer support roles (paid and unpaid) in services
  • Through the development of formalised peer support roles, people with lived experience of mental health problems are trained and employed to support others
  • An increasing number of organisations and services are developing peer support roles.

Achieving effective supervision

Insight 30

This Insight written by Martin Kettle, Glasgow Caledonian University summarises key research evidence and draws out implications for practice.

Prison leavers and homelessness

Insight 29

Key points

  • Scotland has a strong legal framework for protecting people from homelessness
  • Many prisoners become homeless when they leave prison
  • A lack of stable accommodation increases the risk of (re-)offending
  • Four groups of prison leavers face particular barriers: remand prisoners / those on short sentences; women; young people; those who are homeless on entering prison
  • Key challenges for prison leavers are: limited accommodation option