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 strengths-based practice frameworks

Strengths-based practice is an increasingly popular approach to social work and wider support services for children and families. In this blog author of our recent Strategic Briefing on this topic, Rebecca Godar highlights practical applications leaders and managers should consider in order to develop their organisational culture.

An evolving approach to developing services for children and families

In this blog the NSPCC share their approach to developing services, including a six-stage development cycle from initial concept, through to testing and evaluation of new services in our UK-wide service centres.

How we’re learning from and developing our child sexual exploitation intervention

The understanding and evidence base in relation to child sexual exploitation has grown significantly, and continues to evolve at a rapid pace. The NSPCC share their revised service, providing a framework for practice when working with exploitation.

Be more penguin

Experiences of the Practice Supervisor Development Programme suggest that it is having a significant impact on how the participants are finding their feet and developing more secure footings in their new roles. In this blog, Gillian Ruch provides a facilitator's perspective of the programme so far.

Critically reflective practice

Making good judgements with and for people is the essence of social care. Time to reflect, time to think, time to use wisdom and expertise, time to consult with colleagues, time to look at research is not a luxury.

The power of nudges: techniques you can use to prompt behaviour change

Sam Kyriacou, Implementation Manager at the NSPCC, shares her tips for embedding new programmes, tools and ways of working.

Poverty, inequality and neglect: building strategic thinking

Ground-breaking research led by Professor Paul Bywaters is providing clear evidence of systemic inequities - in the scale of funding cuts to Children's Services, in child protection intervention rates and the relationship between poverty, inequality and child neglect. Here, Brid Featherstone and Kate Morris reflect on headline messages from research and Research in Practice workshops.

The Camden model of social work

25 February 2019, Research in Practice Admin

Camden Children’s Services, together with the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, is working to develop and embed a systemic model of social work. Read about the programme, including impact and tips to support whole system change.

Improving sleep in vulnerable children

19 February 2019, Research in Practice Admin

There is increasing research into the importance of sleep. In particular, how a lack of sleep can result in behavioural difficulties and impact emotional wellbeing. However, in busy Children’s Services do we always spot a sleep issue? Services often respond to what they perceive to be the primary concern and hope that sleep will improve as a result.

What is it about the care system that correlates with criminality?

11 February 2019, Research in Practice Admin

What are the difficulties faced by people in prison who have been in care? Oli Preston looks at emerging programmes of work that are aiming to support this often overlooked group.

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