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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.

County lines and criminal exploitation – what, why and what does it look like?

Organised crime groups are increasingly using county lines as a business model to transport and sell drugs. Vulnerable children and young people with adverse childhood experiences are particularly susceptible to this type of exploitation. In this blog, SPACE describe what county lines can look like.

Exploitation of young people – working with boys and young men

Boys and young men can also be affected by criminal and sexual exploitation. What are the challenges and opportunities for those working with them to overcome barriers to support and protection?

The case for trauma-informed supervision for police officers

When someone experiences trauma there is consistent and clear evidence that shows the natural psychological responses that occur. Attuned and reflective supervision enables us to hold genuine empathy, respect and unconditional positive regard for those we are trying to support.

Understanding resilience in social work students

Social work is a challenging career. What psychological factors are associated with resilience in trainee social workers? Dr Louise Bunce at Oxford Brookes University has led new research to find out.

Understanding the impact of change and loss on children in care

The decision to take a child into care is protective and only ever made in the most necessary of situations, but the care experience is inevitably full of change, loss and challenges for children.

Shining a spotlight on parents who have experienced domestic abuse

Each year SafeLives run a series of Spotlights focusing on different groups that have experienced domestic abuse. Each Spotlight brings together insight from survivors, practitioners, academics and experts to find examples of practice and work towards a multi-agency approach that sees the whole picture for every family.

Why pre-birth assessment?

Intervention in pregnancy, or following birth where there are safeguarding concerns, is one of the most challenging areas of social work practice. During the pre-birth period, practitioners must skilfully manage the respective rights and needs of mothers and family members, whilst maintaining a focus on the welfare of the unborn child.

Supporting military families

The NSPCC has delivered preventative services at two army garrisons for nearly 20 years. In this blog, a recent survey compares the experiences of new and existing service users.

Defragmenting the children and young people’s mental health system

Children and young people’s mental health is increasingly being reported in the media, highlighting the need to provide essential support. In this blog Paula Lewis, author of our recent Strategic Briefing, considers the role of commissioners in transforming the children and young people’s mental health system.

Cafcass resources to support continuing professional development

Location should not be a barrier to accessing learning resources. The nature of Cafcass’ work means that their Library Information Service comprehensively covers both public and private law, as well as resources to support the continuing professional development of staff across an organisation.

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