Supplementary Practice Guidance

Combating Loneliness - a guide for local authorities.

This guide highlights that loneliness is a serious problem, with far reaching consequences not just for individuals, but also for wider communities. There is strong evidence that loneliness can increase the pressure on a wide range of council and health services. It can be a tipping point for referral to adult social care and can be the cause of a significant number of attendances at GP surgeries. There are practical steps agencies can take to address this issue which are outlined in this guide. Whilst the guide focusses on older people its recommendations will also be beneficial to other age groups.

Helping service users to engage with treatment and stay the course.

Treatment for successful recovery starts with effective engagement, with early identification of needs and goals, and quickly providing support for immediate priorities. This briefing focuses on the start of treatment, that time when people first access and engage with services. The content is drawn from service user feedback and evidence published in guidance.

Engaging with involuntary service users in social work.

This guide is based on a research project at The University of Edinburgh.

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