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.

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.

Social media and social service workers

Insight 46

Social media and social service workers
Explores what is understood by 'social media', perceived risks of using it, opportunities, relationship to workforce wellbeing and future implications for practice.

Restorative justice

Insight 44

Restorative justice
Defines restorative justice, outlines the evidence on its use and impact, and discusses its current and potential use as a response to crime in Scotland.

Good practice with adults in adoption

Insight 43

Good practice with adults in adoption
Explores the evidence about the people and relatives relating to adoptions prior to the 1980s when the vast majority were relinquished by birth parents.

Pre-birth child protection

Insight 42

Iriss Insight 42
Focuses on pre-birth child protection assessment and care planning, and more specifically, the lead social work role within this work.