Social care

Capturing social work impact

ESSS Outline

ESSS Outline Capturing social work impact
This Outline looks at evidence around methods for capturing the impact of social work interventions. We identified a large body of literature relating to the value of effectively measuring the impact of social work interventions, particularly in the area of children and families, and many different approaches to doing so, however there is no consensus around the best way to approach impact measurement or any one standard approach. Overall, a key message from the evidence is that the broad range of services provided, outcomes sought and people being supported by social services may not be suited to a one size fits all approach to identification of impact of social work and tailored approaches to measurement depending on each context may be more effective, accurate and robust in determining what changes different interventions have led to on an individual level.

Values statements of disability organisations

ESSS Outline

Values statements of disability organisations
This ESSS Outline looks at several issues impacting on values in disability organisations, covering service users, employees, and the organisations themselves. We found that in the face of the escalating challenges posed by funding constraints and the rapidly changing social policy landscape, providers can take steps to influence decisions that affect the future development of the sector, ensuring ongoing improvements in the quality of social care provision for people with learning disabilities.

Service user interviewers in quality assurance

ESSS Outline

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This summary explores the involvement of service users in quality assurance and service evaluation processes. It explores the evidence around what has worked and has not worked, what benefits can be achieved from user involvement in data collection and what can be learned from previous examples.

SDS brokerage in rural Scotland

ESSS Outline

SDS brokerage in rural Scotland
This Outline explores the challenges facing local authorities when seeking to implement brokerage models of self directed support in rural Scottish communities.

Voluntary social care recruitment

ESSS Outline

Voluntary social care recruitment
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.

Conversation with Greg Campbell, a support worker

Iriss.fm, Episode 191

Iriss.fm
Michael McEwan has a conversation with Greg Campbell, a support worker, who speaks about his motivations for pursuing a career in care, the transition from education to practice and the positive and challenging experiences.

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