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Does family intervention work to support 'troubled families'?

Throughout all of the controversy surrounding the government’s Troubled Families Programme (TFP), the belief in the value and efficacy of the family intervention work carried out by workers in local authorities and voluntary sector organisations has largely endured. Stephen Crossley looks at the evidence base underpinning the family intervention model, and how the model was used in the Troubled Families Programme.

Building social capital to support young people into employment, education and training

18 September 2017, Research in Practice Admin

Is it possible to prevent young people from becoming NEET (not in employment, education or training) after leaving school, by providing them with practical experiences of the world of work in order to increase their social capital? A recent European-wide project ran pilots in Portugal, Spain and Italy to test out this theory.

How do multiple disadvantages affect children’s quality of life?

6 September 2017, Research in Practice Admin

The latest Good Childhood Report from the Children’s Society presents new insights into how multiple disadvantages affect wellbeing in children and young people. It also exposes gender differences in children’s subjective wellbeing in areas such as happiness with appearance or relationships with friends, and considers some of the possible reasons for these.

Workforce perspectives on harmful sexual behaviour – what are practitioners saying?

How do professionals describe their knowledge, skills and experience in relation to supporting children and young people with Harmful Sexual Behaviour? What are the challenges and what works well to build capacity in this field of work?

Improving engagement with fathers in Newport

Newport has been working to evaluate and improve the way they engage and include fathers in work with children and families. Paul Cryer discusses their initial audit and findings, the steps they have taken to promote and embed engagement with fathers, and helpful tips for practice.

Supporting transitions for young people leaving care

The ability to vote, live independently and travel freely when reaching 18 can give us a sense empowerment and control. But the journey from adolescence to adulthood can be unsettling, uncertain and familiar, particularly for young people leaving care.

When and how can contact work? Questions to consider about contact after adoption

When is contact after adoption right, what sort of contact might work, and how can we support it in practice? What are the benefits of thinking individually about each child’s needs and tailoring the contact planning for the child and adults involved?

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’.

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