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Barriers to evaluation

Applying reliable research methods to complex social interventions comes with many challenges that evaluators need to consider. In this blog, Oli Preston, discusses some of the barriers to evaluation.

Supporting children who live with parental mental illness

An NSPCC programme aims to address identified gaps in service provision and to support children living with parental mental illness.

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.

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.

Auditing the assessment and response to harmful sexual behaviours in Leeds

31 October 2016, Research in Practice

Despite harmful sexual behaviours (HSB) being something that all local authorities and multi-agency partners need to acknowledge and work with, there is no national strategy to identify or respond to this issue. Leeds has been involved in a recent pilot of a new set of auditing tools designed to assess current levels of identification and response to harmful sexual behaviours. These tools are intended to promote a shared understanding and consistent approach to dealing with HSB.

The cost calculator for children’s services

3 October 2016, Research in Practice

How can we measure the true costs and outcomes of children’s social care? The Centre for Child and Family Research at Loughborough University has developed a methodology and software tool that attempts to place the child at the centre of resource management.

Improving the experiences of children in family proceedings, case by case

12 September 2016, Research in Practice

Cafcass is committed to continuous learning and quality assurance. They recently launched a tool to assess the impact of their work on children’s outcomes, in order to identify strengths and learning points, and to enhance professional development.

The Good Childhood Report - how happy are children with different aspects of their lives?

12 September 2016, Research in Practice

The Children’s Society recently launched the latest edition of its Good Childhood Report, an in-depth study into children’s wellbeing. They present the latest insights into how good life is from the perspective of children themselves.

Supporting the wellbeing of looked after children

25 July 2016, Research in Practice

When we talk about the need to assess wellbeing in looked after children - in order to ensure that they are receiving the right kind of support and care - it is essential that we have a clear idea of what we mean and how exactly we intend to measure it.

Tackling the conspiracy of silence: recovering together after domestic abuse

‘You see (domestic abuse) from your point of view, but to hear from a child and to see it from their point of view is totally different; it opens your eyes.’ (Mother)

The ‘conspiracy of silence’ refers to the reluctance that mothers and children may have to talk with each other about their experience of domestic abuse after it has ended. NSPCC’s evaluation of its Domestic Abuse Recovering Together (DART) service indicates that breaking the conspiracy of silence can improve esteem, confidence, wellbeing and relationships.

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