Connections


Links on the Connections part of the WithScotland website lead to various websites, resources and services offered by other organisations. These services, resources and websites are not maintained by WithScotland or under its control and WithScotland is not responsible for the contents of any referenced websites.

The purpose of WithScotland’s Connections page is to signpost other potentially relevant information and services. Links to another website, or any reference to any product or service by name does not necessarily constitute or imply an endorsement or recommendation by WithScotland.

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    Association for Infant Mental Health
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    The Association for Infant Mental Health AIMH (UK), is an autonomous body affiliated to the World Association for Infant Mental Health (WAIMH).

    Infant mental health is one of the most exciting and rapidly developing areas in the whole field of mental health. Research has shown that support for parents during their baby's first year can significantly increase the proportion of babies who form secure relationships with their parents, and this has lasting benefits for their subsequent development. A good beginning for young families is a protective factor in coping with life's inevitable stresses. Early intervention when there are difficulties can often prevent the development of mental health problems in later years.

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    British Association for the Study and Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (BASPCAN)
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    BASPCAN is primarily a membership association for professionals and volunteers working in the field of child protection who can demonstrate active participation or interest in the aims of the Association. It is the only multi-disciplinary association of its kind in the UK, bringing together personnel from all agencies who work in the field with children in need, and with those who are abused and neglected.

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    Centre for Childhood and Youth
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    The Centre for Childhood and Youth was established within the University of Sheffield in January 2002. It is run and managed by an Executive Board of representatives from ten university departments spread across four faculties. The Centre also has a growing number of international partners from around the globe creating opportunities for collaborative research on cross-cultural issues. The Centre has strong working relationships with research funders at the local, national and international level.

    The Centre brings together a range of academics and researchers from different and diverse disciplines to explore the nature of childhood and youth in modern society. This multi-disciplinary approach brings together academics and researchers from sociology, education, criminology, law, health, social work and social policy, landscaping, management school, psychology, geography, nursing and midwifery.

    The Centre is strongly committed to actively involving children and young people in the research process. Historically research on childhood and youth ignored or marginalised the voice of the child. The Centre is actively involved in exploring and developing methodological approaches that redresses this and gives 'voice' to children and young people in the research approach.

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    Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland (CELCIS)
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    CELCIS is the Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland. Together with partners, we are working to improve the lives of all looked after children in Scotland. We do so by providing a focal point for the sharing of knowledge and the development of best practice, by providing a wide range of services to improve the skills of those working with looked after children.

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    Centre for Learning in Child Protection (CLiCP)
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    The Centre for UK-wide Learning in Child Protection (CLiCP) is a research centre based at the University of Edinburgh. Set up in November 2006, it is a unique collaboration between the NSPCC and the University of Edinburgh. CLiCP conducts research and provides analysis and commentary on child protection policy across the UK. To date, the Centre has conducted work to monitor and track developments in child protection in each part of the UK by producing a range of briefings, reports and books.

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    Centre for Research on Families and Relationships (CRFR)
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    The Centre for Research on Families and Relationships (CRFR) is a consortium research centre based at the University of Edinburgh, with partners at the University of Aberdeen, University of Glasgow, Glasgow Caledonian University, UHI Millennium Institute and the University of Stirling.

    CRFR was established in 2001 and attracts funding from a variety of sources including the ESRC, the Scottish Government, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, the Leverhulme Trust, Health Scotland, NHS Education for Scotland, the European Union, the Big Lottery, Care Commission and Scottish Local Authorities.

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    Centre of Excellence in Interdisciplinary Mental Health (CEIMH)
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    Based at the University of Birmingham the Centre of Excellence in Interdisciplinary Mental Health (CEIMH) is the only University based Mental Health Centre in the UK which defines interdisciplinary as including the contribution of service users and carers' knowledge and experience alongside the traditional mental health disciplines.

    CEIMH has an established record of promoting excellence, innovation and creativity in the delivery of interdisciplinary mental health teaching, learning and research. Drawing on the expertise of academics and practitioners in education, nursing, psychiatry, psychology and social work as well as service users and carers, CEIMH delivers teaching and learning resources and undertakes research and consultancy with a view to transforming understandings of, and responses to mental distress and ill health.

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    Employment Research Institute
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    Established in 1997, the Employment Research Institute (ERI) carries out applied and theoretical research into employment and its links to individuals, the economy and society. The ERI focuses on rigorous, independent, interdisciplinary research in the areas of: employment and employability; regional and local economic development; the changing nature of work and adaptability in businesses and their employees; and equal opportunities.

    Working with and for many prominent organisations such as UK and Scottish Governments, the European Commission, the Equalities and Human Rights Commission, the UK Commission for Employment and Skills, the Department for Work and Pensions, the Northern Ireland Department for Employment and Learning, the Scottish Rugby Union, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, and the European Social Fund, regional agencies and local authorities, as well as many others, the ERI produces compelling research and influential reports.

    In addition to the Research that we are involved in, the ERI has a Seminar Series that attracts speakers from around the globe. The ERI hosts several visiting researchers throughout the year, and if you would be interested in getting involved, please contact Prof. Ronald McQuaid, or another member of Staff.

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    Goldberg Centre for social work and social care
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    At the University of Bedfordshire the Goldberg Centre was set-up with core funding from Tilda Goldberg’s bequest to address this problem by developing excellent social care research and supporting the use of evidence-based approaches in practice.

    The Centre is based at the University of Bedfordshire and will initially focus on research on substance misuse across the field of social care, but its broader remit is to carry out and support excellent research on what works across the whole of social work and social care.

    The Centre is particularly concerned with evaluating social work interventions and in developing the capacity for experimental and quasi-experimental approaches to such evaluations.

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    Growing Up in Scotland
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    GUS is an exciting new study that follows the lives of a national sample of Scotland's children from infancy through to their teens. This is one of the largest longitudinal studies ever done in Scotland and will provide information to help develop policies affecting children and their families in Scotland. The study is following around 13,000 children in three age-groups. GUS is commissioned by the Scottish Government and is led by the Scottish Centre for Social Research (ScotCen) in collaboration with Centre for Research on Families and Relationships (CRFR) at the University of Edinburgh and the MRC Social and Public Health Sciences Unit in Glasgow.

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    Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services (IRISS)
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    The Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services (IRISS) seeks to promote positive outcomes for the people who use Scotland's social services by helping the workforce access and make use of knowledge and research for service innovation and improvement. It is involved in developing web-based materials and research-based development projects to embed evidence-informed practice at the heart of the delivery of support. IRISS is a partner with NES in the development of Social Services Knowledge Scotland.

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    Intellectual Disability Forum
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    The Intellectual Disability Forum Aims To discuss all aspects of learning disabilities. Members include, Learning disability nurses, care service workers, academics and teachers with an interest in the activities of the Section.

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    Local Authorities Research & Intelligence Association
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    Local Authorities Research & Intelligence Association (LARIA) is about supporting local researchers in the public sector.

    Established in 1974, its formal remit is to promote the role and practice of research within the field of local government and provide a supportive network for those conducting or commissioning research. It is registered as a Specially Authorised Society under the Friendly Societies Act 1974 Friendly Society Rules (Word doc, 79KB). Its AGM is held during the annual conference each March or April.

    Membership of LARIA is open to anyone working in research and intelligence for a local public body, or in an allied field, or in support of local public sector research. Among other benefits, members receive a newsletter three times a year. As at February 2009 there were 120 full members, 540 associate members and 467 members listed under corporate bodies’ membership, resulting in a total membership list of 1127.

    LARIA's activities include organising conferences and seminars, producing publications and representing the local government R&I community.

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    Looked After Children Research Network
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    Our network includes academics and PhD students working across a range of insitutions. We share a common interest in research which may help to improve policy and practice relating to children and young people who are looked after at or away from home. We meet to share ideas, findings from our research, and support each other in developing new research projects relating to looked after children.

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    National Centre for Research Methods
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    The National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM) was set up in 2004 to improve the standards of research methods across the UK social science community. NCRM aims to advance methodological understanding and practice through its research and training programmes, and engagement with other initiatives and organizations.

    NCRM is coordinated by the Hub at the University of Southampton. NCRM is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

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    National Organisation for the Treatment of Abusers (NOTA)
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    The National Organisation for the Treatment of Abusers (NOTA)

    NOTA is a membership association working to develop good practice across Britain and Ireland with those working in the field of sexual aggression.

    NOTA works through it's regional branch network to deliver support and specialist training, with the aim of preventing the sexual abuse of children and sexual aggression against adult victims.

    NOTA is the only organisation to provide a forum for professionals across Britain and Ireland working in the field of sexual aggression.

    NOTA provides support to those working in the field and supports research and educational activity to offer access to specialist and world class training opportunities.

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    Research in Practice
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    Our mission is to build the capacity for evidence-informed practice in children’s services. We support our network of Partners to move forward together, fostering a lasting culture shift in using evidence-informed practice to improve the lives of children, young people and families. Our work is about bringing together practitioner expertise with formal research evidence – creating new knowledge, new skills and a new energy to improve outcomes for children, young people and their families. We support your people, your priorities and your performance.

    We are guided by our Partners in all we do. Our topics and work themes are identified by them. Our Partnership board steers our work. And our independence from government means we can respond quickly to our Partners’ changing priorities and always remain relevant and attuned to their needs.Our Partner network is a central feature.

    We support Partners in working with each other, sustaining the innovation and creativity of the sector and multiplying the power of our 110+ Partners.

    We provide 360˚ support. We are the ‘team around the agency’, bringing a range of experts and resources to each Partner, working with staff at all levels on each Partners’ individual priorities. And we connect our Partners with national policy and research agendas through key strategic collaborations.

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    Royal Society of Medicine
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    The Royal Society of Medicine is an independent, apolitical organisation, founded over 200 years ago.

    We are one of the largest providers of continuing medical education in the UK.

    We provide accredited courses for continuing professional development, which is so vital in allowing doctors, dentists, veterinary surgeons and other healthcare professionals their continuing freedom to practise.

    Our aims are:

    • to provide a broad range of educational activities and opportunities for doctors, dentists and veterinary surgeons, including students of these disciplines, and for allied healthcare professionals.
    • to promote an exchange of information and ideas on the science, practice and organisation of medicine, both within the health professions and with responsible and informed public opinion.

    We receive no state funding to carry out our core work and are dependent on generous donations and legacies.

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    Scottish Addiction Studies
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    Scottish Addiction Studies is a collaboration of staff throughout the University of Stirling, with an interest in drug and alcohol misuse. Staff from the School of Applied Social Science, the Institute of Social Marketing and the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health are all involved in the Scottish Addiction Studies network. Please go to Scottish Addiction Studies Staff to view a complete list of academics currently involved. Activities within the group are extensive; from on-line teaching and information services to evaluation of interventions within the criminal justice system. This broad base allows the SAS network to respond to addictions issues in ways which are fully reflective of its wide-ranging interests and expertise. Please click on the link below for further information including our online drugs and alcohol library.

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    Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research and Policy (SCPHRP)
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    The Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research and Policy (SCPHRP) is a public health consortium with members drawn from research, policy and practice. It has been tasked with creating strategies to tackle Scotland’s poor health record.

    The Collaboration aims to strengthen the evidence base for improving health. Working with researchers and the people using the research to shape policy, the Collaboration seeks to identify opportunities to develop public health interventions that could lead to new policy and programmes to address major health problems.

    Core mandate - Identify key areas of opportunity for developing novel public health interventions that equitably address major health problems in Scotland, and move those forward. - Foster collaboration between the Scottish Government, researchers and the public health community to develop a national programme of intervention development, large-scale implementation and robust evaluation. - Build capacity within the public health community for collaborative research of the highest quality, with maximum impact on Scottish policies, programmes and practice.

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