New Evidence/Practice Searching Service For Social Service Staff

The Networked Evidence Search and Summary Service is supported by the Office of the Chief Social Work Adviser as a way to improve use of evidence across the social services sector. This Service helps you to answer your questions about delivering the best possible care and support. It finds the latest high quality evidence from research, practice examples and improvement reports, and summarises it to help you in making decisions and improving services.

Examples of questions for this service include:

Children and families

  • What evidence is available to inform decisions about sibling permanence – to keep siblings together or separated?
  • How effective are social work interventions for children in parental substance misuse?


  • What evidence is available for effective social work intervention with adults who are  neglecting themselves?
  • What does the evidence say about effectiveness of home share for people with dementia?

Service delivery and improvement

  • What evidence is available to inform development of workforce and workload planning tools for qualified social workers?
  • What evidence is available to support changes to the guided self-assessment tool for Self-Directed Support?

To answer your questions, we provide a range of products. You can choose from:

  • an evidence search – a list of key resources (timeframe – maximum 5 working days)
  • an evidence summary – a brief outline of key findings and conclusions from the evidence sources identified.  (timeframe – minimum 5 working days)
  • an evidence review – a substantial theming and analytical summary of available evidence (timeframe – minimum 3 weeks)

Access to this service is free and requires no password. Send an enquiry today by emailing or go to

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