Our blog is a hub for sharing news, information, research, evidence, analysis and debate. Blog posts are written by and for professionals across the sector. The views expressed are the authors’ own and do not represent those of Research in Practice.

Leading and implementing change in uncertain times

11 December 2017, Research in Practice Admin

Central Bedfordshire Council Children’s Services are leading an ambitious transformation programme. In this blog, the Director of Children’s Services highlights the importance of building a resilient workforce when implementing change in a complex landscape.

Supporting evidence-informed practice in Cafcass: the importance of an in-house library and information service

4 December 2017, Research in Practice Admin

In this blog Jo Wood, Link Officer at Cafcass and Link Officer Award winner, discusses supporting evidence-informed practice and embedding Research in Practice into their service.

Reflections from a series of empirical studies of supervision: what have we learned so far?

20 November 2017, Research in Practice Admin

Good supervision is highly valued by social workers and is one of the most important ways that managers can support their staff. Yet we know little about the detail of what happens when local authority supervisors and social workers meet to discuss casework and not enough about the impact that different approaches to supervision have on practice and outcomes for children and families.

Strengthening social work through evidence-informed practice

20 November 2017, Research in Practice Admin

Shelley Caldwell, Principal Social Worker at North Somerset Council, discusses key messages from the Link Officers’ Annual Meeting and the importance of strengthening social work through research evidence, professional practice wisdom and children, young people and families expertise.

Understanding the impact of online sexual abuse

6 November 2017, Research in Practice Admin

Given that relatively little is known about the impact of sexual abuse involving online and digital technology compared to offline abuse, the NSPCC recently commissioned researchers from the universities of Bath and Birmingham to explore and compare how online and offline sexual abuse impacts upon young people and how professionals respond to it. The report reveals some issues that need to be addressed in order to fully understand and represent the experiences of children and young people in the development of services.

In tackling exploitation and abuse, we can never stop learning and questioning

27 October 2017, Research in Practice Admin

Improving our prevention of and response to child sexual exploitation (CSE) requires not just hard work and tenacity, but a willingness to engage with evidence. It is easy to be evidence-based when you agree with the messages, but when research challenges established practice, it takes real grit to reflect critically on what we do.

Why disorganised attachment isn’t always an indicator of abuse

23 October 2017, Research in Practice Admin

Assessment of disorganised attachment in young children is often used to screen for child abuse. However, disorganised attachment isn’t necessarily an indicator of abuse. Evidence shows that exposure to multiple socio-economic risks is almost as likely to result in disorganised attachment, and therefore the classification alone shouldn’t be used to guide child protection decisions.

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.

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