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Empowering futures: Services that support disabled children and families in Scotland

This briefing highlights the many varied challenges, including poverty, housing, child protection and mental health issues, facing disabled children and families who care for those children. It considers the legislative and strategic policy framework to deliver services and the role of local authorities in addressing these challenges with case studies.

Scotland With case study
Members & Global Local

Is it too difficult to reform social care?

This briefing from University of Birmingham researchers explores the difficulties of social care reform which evoke key issues such as the rebalancing of central and local government relations and new fiscal challenges. Using the metaphor of a social care ecosystem, it outlines how this can help us think about reform.

England & Wales, Scotland
Members

Integrated care systems: Partnership working and council scrutiny

This briefing looks at the growing importance of integrated care systems in community based initiatives, the related benefits of partnership working and the emerging role of local authorities in the scrutiny of integrated care systems.

England & Wales
Members & Global Local

Transforming children’s social care in the UK: An overview and comparison of approaches

This briefing discusses ongoing social care reforms in the UK, focusing on children’s social care. It considers the impact of being “looked after” and the reasons why children enter care. The briefing also notes the differences in policy, legislation, and definitions of looked after children in the UK and highlights the need for appropriate foster…

England & Wales, Scotland
Members

Health, public health and social care round-up: January 2024

The health, public health and social care round-up summarises new policy, research and publications that are relevant to elected members and officers interested in health and social care. Key developments in January include extra social care funding, more proposed strikes and a ban on disposal vapes.

England & Wales, Scotland
Members

Performance Tracker 2023: public services as the UK approaches a general election

Britain’s public services are crumbling under unprecedented pressure, according to the latest performance tracker from the IfG and CIPFA. In recent years, Covid-19, political instability, inflation and strikes have brought services to breaking point, but the underlying problems stem from systematic underinvestment and short term decision making.

England & Wales
Members

Health, public health and social care round-up: December 2023

At a time when winter pressures are peaking and with the junior doctor strike, our latest health round-up looks at the most significant developments across the sector over the last month, including reform and finance updates and the latest research and publications exploring public health and care practices.

England & Wales, Scotland
Members & Global Local

Local government’s role in promoting intergenerational communities and care

This briefing examines the role that local government can play in promoting intergenerational activities that can benefit whole communities with respect to social care and community cohesion.

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland With case study