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Improving social work practice with Gypsy and Traveller communities

Every year the number of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller children placed in care rises. It is becoming increasingly important to examine how professionals within Children’s Services interact with these communities and how this can affect the support offered to children and their families.

Does Team-Based Learning improve training transfer?

Following a two-year project to examine the relative merits of traditional training versus Team-Based Learning, Research in Practice reviews the evaluation results of how well Team-Based Learning really works, and asks whether ‘no evidence is good evidence’.

The power of group peer support and relationships for young people in and leaving care

Carefree Cornwall is a young person led organisation working in Cornwall with young people in and leaving care. Their focus is on giving young people in and leaving care the chance to do things for themselves and others.

Reflective supervision: the cornerstone of good social work practice

Reflective supervision underpins good practice with children and families. Like other children’s social care and family support roles, social work is a demanding and challenging job – in order for us to really understand the context of the child's daily lived experience we need to think about many complex and competing issues. Good quality reflective supervision supports us to do this, helping us to find a way through any 'analysis paralysis' to develop our practice knowledge, skills and wisdom; make difficult decisions and ultimately keep children safe.

Values-driven reform

In the face of the serious challenges, many local authorities, their partners and service providers are thinking about how they can work differently to make the most of reduced resources. While innovation and service redesign have always been a feature of the children’s sector, these difficult times have led more and more children’s leaders to try new approaches to service design and ways of working.

You can’t grow roses in concrete – why whole system reform is needed to support frontline change in child protection casework

The Munro Review of Child Protection has resulted in reduced bureaucracy and new autonomy for Children’s Social Care Departments that allows for the needs of children, young people and their families to take centre stage. How is the sector adjusting to this newfound independence to regain the professional confidence to make judgements and decisions? And why is whole system reform of an organisation crucial to support changes in frontline child protection practice?

How we are implementing learning and development in the South East London Teaching Partnership

3 April 2017, Research in Practice

As one of four National pilots in England, the South East London Teaching Partnership details its learning and development programme, which aspires to deliver high-quality learning and development for social work, from entry-level through to senior leadership.

Supporting access to family justice: the challenges facing local Family Drug and Alcohol Courts

Family Drug and Alcohol Courts (FDACs) are doing important work with parents wishing to turn their lives around. They are supported by an umbrella organisation, the FDAC National Unit. In this article, Jo Tunnard looks at a recent evaluation of the work carried out by the National Unit, and examines the obstacles and opportunities for local FDACs over the next 12-18 months.

‘Looking out for Lottie’ – how award winning online simulation is improving child protection training on child sexual exploitation

The Centre for Child Protection (CCP) at the University of Kent has developed innovative work into the use of serious game simulations to upskill professionals into complex and difficult aspects of child protection practice. These simulations have also been developed to help children and young people protect themselves from online and face-to-face grooming.

Supporting Change in Partnership (SCIP) - a new approach to working with disabled children and their families

The Supporting Change in Partnership (SCIP) programme in Cornwall is a strengths-based, solution-focused, early intervention model to support disabled children, young people and families. It has reduced the need for families of disabled children and young people to enter statutory social work services by providing proportionate support at early stages.

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