Insights

Insights are 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.

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.

Extending the housing options for older people

Insight 26

Insight 26 - Extending the housing options for older people: focus on extra care
Seeks to explore the evidence base in respect of housing with care and support, in particular extra care provision, and the extent to which the range of models embraced by this term provide an effective alternative to residential and nursing care.

Delivering integrated care and support

Insight 24

Insight 24 - Delivering integrated care and support
Based on a report prepared for ADSW at the time of the Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Bill, this Insight seeks to distill key evidence to assist health and social care partnerships in Scotland in their delivery of integrated care and support.

The role of personal storytelling in practice

Insight 23

Insight 23 - The role of personal storytelling in practice
Explores what story and storytelling is, and whether autobiographical, first-person storytelling has a valuable impact on practice, and can engender positive, meaningful change for individuals who access support. It examines how storytelling has been used across social services to date, considers its value, and highlights some considerations for those creating and using stories.

Children, food and care

Insight 22

Insight 22 - Children, food and care
Reviews the evidence about how food practices affect children in different care settings, drawing heavily from the experience of children in foster and residential care.

Advocacy: Models and effectiveness

Insight 20

Insight 20 - Advocacy: Models and effectiveness
Draws on evidence in relation to advocacy with both children and adults and on literature from the fields of health and social care. It outlines the key elements of the most prevalent models of advocacy and identifies good practice, as well as the limitations of advocacy models.