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Restorative Storytelling

Restorative practices can provide an explicit communication framework that can be used reactively to guide and support people when relationships have broken down, and proactively to teach others the skills that will help them build and maintain healthy relationships.

Family Group Conferences and the early help story

25 September 2018, Research in Practice Admin

As systemic, relational practice becomes more common place in Children’s Services, an important shift is happening in early help. In this blog, Tim Fisher and Becca Dove write about the progress being made in Camden and the benefits of facilitating Family Group Conferences.

Reflections on working in a social work teaching partnership

11 September 2018, Research in Practice Admin

A principal aim of social work teaching partnerships is to improve the quality of teaching on pre and post-qualifying social work training programmes. This blog reflects upon the experiences of a social work teaching partnership from the perspectives of an academic and a practitioner.

Supporting transgender children and young people

The last five years or so has seen unprecedented visibility for transgender/non-binary people across the UK and indeed the globe. In this blog, Aedan Wolton discusses the role of social work in the lives of young transgender people.

Transitional safeguarding from adolescence to adulthood

‘Transition’ is a process or period of changing from one state to another. Within some aspects of social care, in particular safeguarding, the notion of transition can imply a definitive ‘line in the sand’ where assumptions about capacity change overnight and eligibility for safeguarding support is very different depending which side of this line a person falls.

Working effectively with parental mental health

A mental health condition can affect the way a person thinks, feels, acts and behaves. When working with parents who have a mental health concern it is important that social workers consider the cause and effects, whilst maintaining a whole family approach.

Whole family working around domestic abuse in Sheffield

How do we change the narrative from 'why doesn't she leave?' to 'why doesn't he stop?'. Candi Lawson and Alison Higgins from Sheffield City Council write about their domestic abuse programme which engages with perpetrators to challenge their attitudes and behaviour.

Growing interest and emerging evidence – how and why adolescent neglect is climbing the safeguarding agenda

In this blog, Phil Raws from The Children’s Society discusses how and why adolescent neglect is climbing the safeguarding agenda due to a range of emerging evidence.

Effective strategic partnerships with the voluntary sector: messages from research and practice

In the face of rising demand and shrinking resources, local authorities are looking for new ways of delivering services for children and families. As a result, new types of delivery and relationships between the public and voluntary sectors are emerging.

Beyond Referrals: supporting schools to address harmful sexual behaviour

In this blog, the International Centre for researching child sexual exploitation, violence and trafficking at the University of Bedfordshire introduce a toolkit to support schools to address harmful sexual behaviour.

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