ESSS new additions and reader survey

ESSS new additions and reader survey

It’s been all go at the Iriss base – first off we’re delighted to welcome Annelies Allcock to the ESSS team. Annelies has a background in librarianship, including social services, and experience in supporting people to find and use research, and has already been busy producing an Outline on the impact of community-based activities on young people’s wellbeing.

Since our last update we’ve also produced a few more evidence summaries:

4. Child​ ​sexual​ ​abuse images​ ​online​ ​and risk​ ​of​ ​contact child​ ​sexual​ ​abuse: looking at the relationship between adults who access child sexual abuse images online and those who commit contact offences

5. Social work student placements and employability: exploring the evidence around social work placements and the differences and similarities between statutory and voluntary placements

6. Distributed leadership in early years and childcare: considering distributed approaches to leadership in the context of childcare and early years settings

7.  Voluntary social care recruitment: identifying some good practice recruitment strategies from voluntary social care and other relevant sectors and industries

8. SDS brokerage in rural Scotland: exploring the challenges facing local authorities when seeking to implement brokerage models of self directed support in rural Scottish communities

9. Palliative and end of life care for people with alcohol related brain damage: looking at good practice in providing end of life and palliative care for people with ARBD

10. Children experiencing interparental coercive control: identifying the indirect impact on children from living with the effect of adult to adult coercive control and recommendations for social workers

11. Community-based activities and young people’s wellbeing: exploring how community-based interventions can support young people’s social and emotional wellbeing

We’ve also launched a survey to find out how relevant and useful the Outlines are to a wider readership, to look at how we can develop the service and the way we present evidence and consider areas for future work. If you’re one of the thousands of readers of our Outlines, we’d love to hear from you in our brief survey. What works for you? What else would you like to see? Can you access the evidence we summarise? Let us know!

New ESSS Outlines: disability hate crime, child sexual abuse and parental substance misuse

New ESSS Outlines: disability hate crime, child sexual abuse and parental substance misuse

After a busy couple of weeks with a huge interest in our work, we’re very excited to share the first outputs from the Evidence Search and Summary Service: ESSS Outlines. The first three topics have been:

  1. Disability hate crime reporting
  2. Child sexual abuse
  3. Parental substance misuse

We’ve decided to call these ESSS Outlines, to reflect the nature of the outputs as something that gives an idea of the shape of the overall topic or issue being explored. Outlines are brief and selective summaries, produced using flexible and thorough approaches to identify and evaluate a wide range of evidence — from research, practice and experience — to ensure robust outputs that meet the needs of social service stakeholders in Scotland. We think it’s really important to include a combination of different forms of evidence to maximise the opportunity for people to use this in their work, and will be writing about how we’re approaching this in blog posts to come.

The nature of the evidence base relevant to social services means that traditional approaches to systematic searching aren’t possible or helpful in the wide and varied information landscape we’re working in. As a result, we’re taking an iterative approach to each search, using our information seeking expertise and critical evaluation skills to identify the most relevant and useful materials for the specific enquiry the people we’re supporting have asked us to look into. At the same time, we aim for these outputs to be of relevance to the wider social services field and want to make sure that where possible they give some insight into the broader context.

The Outlines are all available as downloadable pdfs from the Iriss website, and are licensed under Creative Commons with a Attribution-Non Commercial-Share Alike 2.5 UK: Scotland Licence. This means that everyone is welcome to share (copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format) and adapt (remix, transform, and build upon the material) however they like — as long as they give attribution to the Iriss ESSS for producing the summary and the individual authors of the resources provided for conducting the research being discussed within the Outlines.

If you’re interested in us producing an ESSS Outline for you, please get in touch.