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.

The Good Childhood Report: Time trends and gender patterns

10 December 2019, Research in Practice Admin

We know that children’s happiness with their lives has fallen and that we must take action to try to address this. We should prioritise children’s own views of what makes a good childhood and how they see their lives. In this blog, Lousie Moore introduces findings from the 2019 Good Childhood Report.

Identifying Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders in practice with families

3 December 2019, Research in Practice Admin

Everyone working with children and families should be aware of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders so that we can consider it at the earliest possible opportunity when making assessments. We can then ensure that we provide the right strategies and do not embark on alternative treatment routes, which may be time-consuming or even potentially harmful.

New ways of working at Cheshire West and Chester

28 November 2019, Research in Practice Admin

West Cheshire Children’s Trust has a pioneering vision for working with children and families across the multi-agency partnership. At the heart of this vision is a strong preventative focus at all levels to prevent children and young people becoming more vulnerable and their needs escalating.

Transitioning from practitioner to practice supervisor

21 November 2019, Research in Practice Admin

So often the narrative about child and family social work can be negative and it is true that conversations frequently reflect the many challenges practice supervisors face. However, this not the whole story. Practice supervisors play an important role in supporting supervisees to become emotionally resilient practitioners and ensuring that social workers provide an excellent service to children and families.

Understanding and developing resilience: an organisational opportunity

18 November 2019, Research in Practice Admin

‘Resilience’ is often cited as a key feature that individual social workers require to protect their wellbeing and emotional health. However, to what extent does the development and maintenance of resilience lie with individual workers?

Restorative justice with young people

12 November 2019, Research in Practice Admin

Supporting adolescents who have got caught on the wrong side of the law to voluntarily engage in community projects can serve as a way for them to make amends. It can also enable them to see the value in being an asset to their community, while additionally picking up new skills.

Child welfare inequalities

4 November 2019, Research in Practice Admin

Calum Webb introduces a new interactive application that aims to help local authorities engage with research about inequalities in child welfare.

How can we foster positive outcomes for children and young people in care, and what can we learn from ‘success’ stories?

30 October 2019, Research in Practice Admin

Care experienced people may be dealing with the legacy of pre-care experiences, missed schooling, placement changes and other disruptions. But low expectations, in policy and in practice, can add stigma to the challenges that care experienced people face in education, whether in school or beyond.

Tackling child exploitation: learning together and doing differently

29 October 2019, Research in Practice Admin

After several months of reviewing evidence and consulting with the sector, we are delighted to be inviting applications from local areas looking for Bespoke Support in tackling child exploitation. We know we need to do things differently. Not only are we aiming to support system change at a local level, but also that we are part of the systems that we are trying influence.

Transitional safeguarding – bridging the gap between Children’s and Adults’ Services

14 October 2019, Research in Practice Admin

When someone turns 18 they legally become an adult. Most young people will manage this move to adulthood well, receiving support from their family, friends and communities. However, this transition is a process, not an event, and not all young people have support readily available.

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