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Children and young people with learning difficulties are set to benefit from a new £5 million research and support centre opened in Edinburgh. The Salvesen Mindroom centre is a collaboration between the University of Edinburgh and charity Mindroom and the NHS. Staff at the new centre will work closely with…
Around 160,000 care workers are being paid less than the national minimum wage, each losing out on an average of £815 a year, a new study has revealed. Research by the Resolution Foundation suggested that the amount of under-payment was worth £130 million a year. The think tank said the…
25% of older people needing help with basic tasks still cannot choose when they eat, when to take a bath or shower or what time to go to bed according to a recent study by researchers from the Centre for Communities and Social Justice at Coventry University. This is true…
The NSPCC is seeking views from social workers involved in child protection and broader work with children and families to identify gaps in child protection research. This will help NSPCC to use their research budget in the most effective way possible to build the evidence base around keeping children safe.…
The Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services (IRISS) has issued a call for partners to contribute to a project focusing on homelessness in Scotland. The 'Homelessness: pathways and prevention' project, aims to uncover and share new knowledge, learning and evidence about: Pathways to homelessness and current interventions which…
Why are children from poor neighbourhoods more likely to be subject to a child protection intervention than those living in better off areas? And is deprivation the primary cause? That is what a comprehensive new research programme involving seven UK universities aims to find out. The two year project will…
Within the wider health and social care arena, there is much emphasis on the challenges of meeting the needs of an ageing population, yet little is known about social work’s capacity to take on new responsibilities and to respond to a growing number of older people with complex and changing…
Findings have been published from a study of the recruitment and retention of adult care home managers in Wales. The study, commissioned jointly by the Care Council for Wales (CCW) and the Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW), sought to improve understanding of factors influencing the recruitment and retention…
The Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services (IRISS) are undertaking a project titled ‘The View From Here’ which aims to understand practitioners’ experiences of delivering care and support in Scotland. This project asks people, over one week, to record their experiences of delivering care and support using qualitative,…
At IRISS we believe that innovation is not a practice reserved for ‘the creative’ or ‘the experts’ and that people innovate all the time. We focus on how to blend and adapt ideas to support social innovation and on how we need to accept risk and failure as central components…
A consultation exercise on a Social Work Research Strategy for 2015-2020 has been launched by Northern Ireland's Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) and social workers are being asked for their input. Speaking in support of the strategy the HSCB Chief Executive, Valerie Watts said: “Our aim is to build…
A high tech scanner could enable scientists to develop better treatments for dementia and other brain conditions. The new equipment - the first of its kind in Scotland - will give scientists the clearest picture yet of what goes wrong in the brain when dementia occurs. Researchers will be able…