01 April 2019
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13 March 2019
Senior colleagues in local authorities are invited to nominate participants who would benefit from being part of the Practice Supervisor Development Programme.
The Food in Care programme, led by Food Active, is running a survey to share their views about the support that is currently available around nutrition and food behaviour issues often encountered in care settings.
World Social Work Day sees professionals worldwide celebrate achievements from across the sector. To support this, Research in Practice has released an open access webinar.
The new Delivery Programme details upcoming Research in Practice publications, resources, workshops, webinars, conferences and more over the next twelve months.
Pilot sites announced for project to improve mental health and wellbeing assessments for children entering care
Following a competitive application process we are delighted to announce nine areas from across England that will be working to pilot new mental health and wellbeing assessments for children entering care.
Research in Practice, in partnership with the University of Bedfordshire, are conducting an evaluation of the Centre of Expertise on Child Sexual Abuse.
Research in Practice has updated the open access resources to support practitioners making plans for contact after adoption.
New open access briefing on the relationship between contextual, complex and transitional safeguarding
Research in Practice and partners have released a new briefing note outlining what is meant by the terms complex, contextual and transitional safeguarding, and how these approaches overlap and complement one another.
New Research in Practice learning resources support social care professionals across various roles. Key themes include mental health, coercive and controlling behaviour, digital professionalism and more.
Wishing you a merry Christmas and a happy New Year. With best wishes from the team at Research in Practice.
Research in Practice, together with consortium partners, have brought together some of the frequently asked questions about the Practice Supervisor Development Programme.
Research in Practice is pleased to announce the winners of the annual Link Officer Awards.
Organisations are invited to take part in a pilot programme that tests improved approaches to the mental health and wellbeing assessments that looked after children receive when they enter care.
Ofsted has published the framework for the next round of Joint Targeted Area Inspections.
Research in Practice has published its upcoming publications, resources, workshops, webinars and conferences until March 2019.
Research in Practice has released new publications. These address key themes within this year’s Delivery Programme.
The first wave of the Practice Supervisor Development Programme is now open for registration and senior colleagues in local authorities are invited to nominate participants who would benefit from being part of this programme.
New survey launched as part of a national scoping study to examine the issue of 'infants in the family justice system'.
Ofsted has published a joint report that examines ‘the multi-agency response to older children who are living with neglect’.
Social Work England are asking for contributions on the different options for renewal of registration for social workers to ensure they remain fit for practice.
An update on Social Work England, which will replace the Health and Care Professionals Council as the regulatory body of social workers.
Research in Practice has developed a number of resources to support children, young people and families with learning disabilities, as well as professionals who work with them.
The Government has announced a new pilot scheme to give children in care better mental health assessments as they enter the care system.
A new report explores factors that have contributed to the number of children in care.
Research in Practice is inviting individuals and organisations across the sector to share existing continuing professional development materials for Practice Supervisors. These will be used to inform the Practice Supervisor Development Programme.
Research in Practice has developed resources to support young carers and people who work with them.
Research in Practice is delighted to share its Annual Review, showcasing our year in practice.
Practice Supervisors invited to influence the design of the Practice Supervisor Development Programme
Research in Practice is inviting Practice Supervisors to participate in focus groups to inform the design of the Practice Supervisor Development Programme.
Research in Practice is inviting professionals within the children and families social work sector to participate in a survey to inform the Practice Supervisor Development Programme.
Research in Practice, together with a group of partners, have formed a consortium to develop and deliver a national Practice Supervisor Development Programme funded by the Department for Education.
We are pleased to announce the launch of a new series of Podcasts to accompany our Delivery Programme for 2018-19.
Learning for practitioners from case law regarding the use of Section 20 by local authorities to provide accommodation to children and young people.
Statutory guidance on the provision of accommodation for homeless 16 and 17 year olds has been revised by the Government.
New Evidence Review on 21st century social work with families with disabled children and young people
Research in Practice as released its latest publication - 21st century social work with families with disabled children and young people: Evidence Review. The new publication examines the latest practice, policy and evidence.
Research in Practice has released several new publications on key topics, bringing together the latest evidence to support practice.
Research in Practice part of the team appointed to deliver development phase of the Family Justice Observatory
RiP are delighted to be part of the Nuffield Foundation funded project team delivering the development phase of the emerging Nuffield Family Justice Observatory. The Observatory will support the best possible decisions for children by improving the use of data and research evidence in the family justice system in England and Wales.
New measures have been announced that will give children living with alcoholic parents faster access to support and advice.
The Office for National Statistics has released its analysis of the characteristics and circumstances associated with loneliness following the Community Life Survey 2016 to 2017.
A new report by The Children’s Society includes recommendations on tackling adolescent neglect for professionals who work with families.
A National Institute for Health Research highlight shows how service commissioners and managers use research evidence, and what research can do to improve their work.
Research in Practice celebrates World Health Day 2018 by supporting the World Health Organization’s campaign for Universal Health Coverage.
Research in Practice and the University of Bedfordshire are conducting an independent evaluation of the Centre of Expertise for Child Sexual Abuse.
Andrew Webb, Chair of the Research in Practice Partnership Board, will retire during March 2018. RiP welcomes a new Chair and is looking for new Board members.
The Department for Education has updated its Knowledge and Skills Statement following a consultation.
To celebrate World Social Work Day 2018 RiP has made its RPU open access to view to support community and environmental sustainability.
The Office of the Children’s Commissioner and the British Association of Social Workers are gathering feedback to lobby for social workers to spend more time undertaking direct work with children.
The Department for Education is calling for evidence for what works in improving the educational outcomes of children in need.
The British Association of Social Workers are consulting on the refresh of the Professional Capabilities Framework.
Research in Practice has published a new Delivery Programme, detailing upcoming publications, resources, workshops, webinars, conferences and much more over the next twelve months.
The Science and Technology Committee has launched an inquiry into the impact of social media and screen-use on young people’s health.
The Government is asking for views on a green paper setting out measures to improve mental health support for children and young people.
Research in Practice is seeking children’s social workers, local authority solicitors and children’s guardians with experience of cross-border casework to participate in a telephone focus group.
New publications on online abuse, deprivation of liberty and social work practice in the family court
Research in Practice has released new publications on Online abuse – recognition and response; Deprivation of liberty in relation to children and young people; and Social work practice in the family court.
Research in Practice celebrates its work across 2017 with a carol inspired by the Twelve Days of Christmas.
Research in Practice is sad to share the news of the death of Liz Brown, co-author of the popular publication - Analysis and Critical Thinking in Assessment.
Many children are prevented from registering British citizenship, despite living nearly all their lives in the UK. A new online training resource has been developed by the University of Bristol Law School in collaboration with the Project for Registration of Children as British Citizens. It is intended to provide clarity for young people, parents and professionals about what British citizenship is and the registration process.
Research in Practice (RiP) is pleased to announce the winners of the annual Link Officer Awards.
Research in Practice has launched an updated Evidence Scope on Working Effectively to Address Child Sexual Exploitation, commissioned as part of the Greater Manchester CSE project and funded by the Department for Education Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme.
The NSPCC is providing research funding to smaller organisations who are looking to demonstrate the impact of what works to help children get back on track after abuse. They are calling for one-page expressions of interest from organisations with an annual budget up to £10m who wish to formally assess the impact of their work in this area.
The Centre for Child and Family Justice Research has launched the final report from their Nuffield Foundation funded study focusing on Vulnerable Birth Mothers and Recurrent Care Proceedings.
The Minister of State for Children and Families today announced that Nesta has been awarded the contract to 'develop and test the model' for the What Works Centre for children's social care.
A report published by Ofsted, Care Quality Commission, HM Inspectorate of Constabulary, and HM Inspectorate of Probation, shares the findings from a joint targeted area inspection programme examining the multi-agency response to children living with domestic abuse.
The Centre for Child and Family Justice Research are launching the final report of their Nuffield Foundation funded study focusing on Vulnerable Birth Mothers and Recurrent Care Proceedings.
New research for the Children’s Commissioner for England, by the National Children’s Bureau and Research in Practice, has found recent sources of evidence reflecting the voice of children in care and care leavers, providing new insight into young people’s experience of the care system.
Following positive feedback from delegates and to meet increasing demand from the sector, Research in Practice has set new dates for three workshops to support professionals working in residential children’s homes.
Resources to support working with men in families, understanding Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, working to the Public Law Outline, and comparing placement options to meet children and young people’s needs.
The National Children’s Bureau would like to hear from children’s social workers across England to inform a new inquiry.
Evaluation reports from the first round of Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme projects are being published by the Department for Education.
Research in Practice has published an open access report in partnership with the National Children’s Bureau, which examines the needs of the children’s workforce in relation to working with children and young people who are displaying Harmful Sexual Behaviour (HSB).
The Centre of Expertise on Child Sexual Abuse has launched an Evaluation Fund to support services in building their evaluation capacity. The funding is intended to assist with the generation of valuable evidence about the effectiveness of child sexual abuse/exploitation (CSA/E) interventions.
Research in Practice/Research in Practice for Adults and the British Association of Social Workers (BASW) are consulting with social workers, people with experience of social work services, educators, employers and others, to carry out an update of the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) for social workers in England.
Ofsted has announced a series of 2017 joint targeted inspections focusing on the effectiveness of interventions for children who have experienced, or are at risk of, neglect. To support work in this area, Research in Practice has produced a new Mapping Resource bringing together a selection of materials to help the sector build knowledge and practice in relation to child neglect.
Following an open tendering process, Research in Practice/Research in Practice for Adults (RiP/RiPfA) has been appointed as BASW’s partner in the project to refresh the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF).
Download your quick guide to Research in Practice resources and work over the last twelve months.
New NICE resources to support transition between inpatient mental health and community or care home settings
NICE has published two new resources to support the implementation of the guideline on Transition between inpatient mental health settings and community or care home settings.
Research in Practice has published several new resources focusing on care leavers transitions; building child and family resilience; child sexual exploitation; devolution and reflective supervision.
A review of the impacts of abuse and neglect on children; and comparison of different placement options
A new open access Evidence Review looks at the impacts of abuse and neglect on children and considers the strengths and weaknesses of different long-term care placement options in relation to how they may impact on outcomes for children and young people.
World Social Work Day 2017 focuses on the theme of supporting community and environmental sustainability. See the range of Research in Practice resources and articles related to developing communities.
Following consultation with the national Partner network, Research in Practice has now published its programme of learning and delivery for the next six months. The programme features training events, workshops, webinars and publications targeted at different roles, learning styles and needs across the workforce.
Research in Practice has launched new open access resources for practitioners in making evidence-informed post-adoption contact plans and supporting birth relatives and adopters through contact planning for their child.
Research in Practice has launched a second series of evidence-informed training programmes for practitioners and managers working within the residential children’s home sector.
The National Children’s Bureau (NCB), with the support of Research in Practice, has launched a new call for evidence to gather and review information on the views, experiences and perceptions of children in care and care leavers in England. This is on behalf of the Children's Commissioner for England.
The draft NICE guideline on child abuse and neglect is now out for consultation. The guideline will help more professionals who work with children to recognise and respond to different forms of abuse and neglect. Register your organisation to comment before 19 April 2017.
Following the new definition for child sexual exploitation published by Home Office, the Department for Education have released a guide for practitioners, informed by Research in Practice and the University of Bedfordshire.
Learning resources to support health and social work in situations of coercive control (open access)
New open access learning resources for social workers, safeguarding leads and health and social care practitioners, provide information and guidance on how to recognise and respond to coercive and controlling behaviour in intimate or family relationships.
Action for Children is looking for an experienced individual to undertake an analysis of Department for Education data sets to build a picture of the needs and experiences of children who are at the interface between universal services and children’s social care.
NICE has launched a new resource to support transition from Children's to Adults' Services for young people using health or social care services.
Over 15% of 14 to 15 year-olds have experienced one or more forms of parental neglect, according to a groundbreaking study from The Children’s Society.
Research in Practice has launched a series of evidence-informed training programmes for practitioners and managers working within the residential children’s home sector.
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Research in Practice, with Loughborough University and North Yorkshire County Council, are inviting colleagues to take part in an innovative and timely project regarding edge of care services.
RiP is seeking examples of how councils are trying to enable closer and more fluid working between adult safeguarding and children’s safeguarding.
The new resources consider key topics including the potential relationship between neglect and other forms of harm; how early help provision is targeted and how to evidence impact; and a range of attachment behaviours and how they may be observed.
Research in Practice for Adults is conducting a piece of research on behalf of the NICE Collaborating Centre for Social Care (NCCSC) to explore the impact of NICE’s recommendations on the effectiveness of social care interventions and services.
Book your place now on Research in Practice workshops and webinars and look out for new resources being published between now and March 2017 to support your evidence-informed practice.
NSPCC have put out a call for a rapid literature review to identify interventions, campaigns, activities and community behaviours which are effective in preventing parents facing adversity going on to abuse or neglect their children.
Research in Practice is pleased to announce the winners of the annual Link Officer Awards, recognising those who have made an outstanding effort to support learning and development and to embed evidence-informed practice within their organisation
The Friendship for All project, run by the York branch of the Children's Society, has launched a range of evidence-based resources and training to support foster care, short break services and Children Social care teams throughout the country incorporate and prioritise friendship in their delivery models, assessments and training.
Research in Practice and the International Centre for Therapeutic Residential and Foster Care are to co-host a seminar on Developing Research for the Children’s Residential Care Sector.
Research in Practice has launched a new monthly resource to support professionals working in the family court or in pre-proceedings work with families.
Selected authorities will undergo multi-agency investigations into the quality of assessment and support for children living with domestic abuse and interventions with perpetrators of abuse.
A scoping study commissioned by the Nuffield Foundation has launched a nationwide call for evidence to better understand the use of research evidence in the family justice system, and to inform the development of a proposed family justice observatory.
A new report Evaluating the Health Implications of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) on Parents, commissioned by Pace (Parents against child sexual exploitation), examines the often hidden impacts of CSE across the wider family.
Despite the recent changes and progress in tackling CSE, the crucial role parents play in safeguarding a child at risk of sexual abuse and violence outside the home is still largely ignored in the national approach to CSE. Parents are not the sexual abusers of their exploited child but they go through a statutory system where they are treated as such.
There is currently no national strategy for tackling harmful sexual behaviour, meaning many children are being left with poor access to support. NSPCC, in collaboration with Research in Practice, youth justice agencies and council leaders, have developed a new online framework to support a shared understanding, consistent approaches and improved practice when dealing with children and young people displaying harmful sexual behaviour.
Building upon our existing learning resources, explore solutions to key issues with our new publications. These focus on assessing the wellbeing of looked after children; communicating with children and young people with developmental delay and/or speech, language and communication needs; improving emotional resilience within the children and families workforce; young person-centred approaches in child sexual exploitation; messages for practice from Serious Case Reviews and understanding the relationship between neglect and other forms of abuse.
Watch this short film from Research in Practice on how we use evidence to support social work practice with children, young people and families.
Child neglect and its relationship to sexual harm and abuse: responding effectively to children’s needs
A new series of evidence scopes have been published which consider the potential relationship between neglect and forms of sexual harm and abuse: child sexual exploitation; intra-familial child sexual abuse; and harmful sexual behaviours.
A new Nuffield funded initiative aims to improve the use of evidence in the family justice system.
Research in Practice, working with the research teams at UEA and Warwick University, has launched a new open access website to support the application of learning in practice from Pathways to Harm, Pathways to Protection: The Triennial Analysis of Serious Case Reviews 2011-2014.
New Research in Practice publications and events to support evidence-informed practice.
Research in Practice (RiP) and Research in Practice for Adults (RiPfA) have launched new resources for Carers Week 2016 to support professionals across Children’s and Adults’ Services who are working with both young and adult carers.
Two new recorded webinars on Infant brain development and Contact: making good decisions for children in public law now available for Partners and individual subscribers to view.
A new film from Research in Practice demonstrates how local authorities and service providers are working to engage communities, build social capital, and change the relationship between state and citizen.
New releases on violence and abuse in young people’s relationships, assessing parental capacity to change, supporting reflective supervision, attachment, and more
Our new publications examine violence and abuse in adolescent relationships, provide Team-Based Learning Resources to assess and support parental capacity to change, explore working with attachment in children and care givers, summarise the evidence on reflective supervision, and map our resources against the Knowledge and Skills Statement.
Devolution means more powers going to local areas and is an opportunity for local communities to be involved in improving services. Local leaders across the adults' and children's sector/s are acutely aware of the need to ensure that children and adults remain visible within the devolution discourse. This year’s Leaders’ Forum will explore what devolution means for children’s and adult services.
Webinar: understanding attachment difficulties in young people who are in care or on the edge of care
Attachment expert David Shemmings leads a free webinar on Tuesday 12 April (online, 2-3pm) giving an overview of attachment theory and how it can be used in work with children and young people who are adopted from care, in care or at high risk of going into care.
The Research in Practice Annual Review 2015-16 provides a snapshot of the work that we have done to support the sector over the past year.
The theme of World Social Work Day 2016 is ‘promoting the dignity and worth of people’. To celebrate all those across the sector who are working to support children and families, Research in Practice is giving away a copy of the flagship Voice of the child: Evidence Review to five people who can share what social work means to them.
Early Intervention Foundation survey: How far does the quality of inter-parental relationships affect children’s outcomes?
Early Intervention Foundation (EIF) is running a survey to gather information from local authorities and other professionals working with children and families on the impact of inter-parental relationships on outcomes for children.
Following consultation with the national Partner network, Research in Practice has now published its programme of learning and delivery for the next six months.
Updated social work evidence template to submit evidence to support an application for a care or supervision order to the courts released by ADCS and Cafcass.
New guidance from NICE – the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence – has been developed to improve the support for thousands of young people receiving health or social care as they become adults.
Education secretary Nicky Morgan announced in January that that accreditation for children’s social workers will be made compulsory ‘as soon as possible’. By 2020, all frontline social workers will be required to pass assessment and accreditation as Approved Child and Family Practitioners.
Your chance to take part in Local Authority Research Consortium: local knowledge informing national solutions.
The 7th round of the Local Authority Research Consortium (LARC) will commence in April 2016. LARC is a collaborative research initiative, sector-led and focused on generating and sharing knowledge to support service and practice development.
Our new publications examine how we can meaningfully involve children and young people, gain a better understanding of adolescent mental health, look at how to develop improved support for family and friends care (kinship care), and provide practical guidance to support LSCBs in monitoring local safeguarding and child protection activity/practice.
Research in Practice has published Working effectively to address Child Sexual Exploitation: An evidence scope. This piece of work was commissioned by Wigan and Rochdale councils, as part of the Greater Manchester project on Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE), funded by the Department for Education Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme. Awareness of the scale of CSE has increased in recent years. However protecting children and young people from sexual exploitation is a complex area of practice, and understanding how best to address it remains a challenge for many.
Understanding NICE Social Care Guidelines: what do they mean in practice? Find out more about developing guidelines for the sector at our webinar: 22 September, 12-1pm, online.
Research in Practice has launched a range of brand new publications to provide information and guidance on confident practice with cultural diversity, getting children’s needs onto the public health agenda, and the recruitment and retention of social workers.
The Department for Education has agreed to fund a number of innovative projects in children’s social care. The Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme focuses on reforming social work practice and trying new approaches to provision for young people in or on the edge of care.
Research in Practice and Research in Practice for Adults joint Leaders’ Forum brought together strategic leads from across children’s and peoples sectors for discussion, debate and sharing information on community engagement, community resilience and building social capital.
The Local Government Association’s commissioned research into current arrangements for the operation of Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCB) is released.
This year’s Leaders’ Forum will explore the topic of community engagement, community resilience and building social capital; providing an opportunity for leaders of local services for children and families and adult social care, to explore pressing issues with their peers.
A greater sense of shared responsibility between local authorities and communities is key to identifying and tackling early signs of child neglect, according to research published today.
Practice Tool - Young Carers Assessments: we are currently working on a new resource which will be published in September aimed at supporting practitioners and managers who are working with families where children and young people have a caring role.
Ofsted’s annual report on social care finds nearly half of local authority adoption agencies and nearly all voluntary inspection agencies inspected as good or outstanding
Ofsted’s annual social care report finds nearly half of local authority adoption agencies are good or outstanding. The report also covers the result of inspection in voluntary adoption agencies and sets out characteristics of good and outstanding agencies.
Ofsted’s annual social care report finds half of local authority services for care leavers requiring improvement
Ofsted’s annual social care reports that half of services to care leavers (51%) require improvement. Key weaknesses include commissioning suitable accommodation, pathway planning and support for education.
Ofsted’s annual social care report finds 58% of local authority services for looked after children require improvement. The report highlights the challenge of rising demand on the commissioning of placements and improvements to quality of practice.
Ofsted’s annual social care report sets out characteristics of good local authorities, as inspections show majority of inspected local authorities requiring improvement
Ofsted’s annual social care report sets out the characteristics of good local authorities. In 2013/4, Ofsted finds 60% of local authorities inspected under the Single Inspection Framework (SIF) require improvement.
Ofsted has set out the characteristics of good Local Safeguarding Children Boards, with over half requiring improvement. The inspectorate has called for more clarity over the roles of the local authority and the LSCB in early help, and their accountability for keeping children safe.
Ofsted has identified strong, stable and visible leadership as crucial in supporting high quality children’s social care services. The thematic review of leadership in children’s social care highlights the qualities and actions of leaders in good local authorities.
Early help for children and families needs more work to put principles into practice, Ofsted report finds
Ofsted has identified the need for further work to develop safe and effective early help services for children and families in their thematic review: “Early Help: Whose Responsibility?”.
Serious case review examines the actions of public agencies in relation to girls who were victims of sexual exploitation in Oxfordshire between 2005-2011.
We’re delighted to announce the launch of our brand new Delivery Programme for April-November 2015. At the same time as we announce our programme for the next six months, we would also like to share our review of the last year.
New resources - focus on safeguarding children and young people by involving them in decisions about their care
How do we make contact work for children? What does evidence tell us about special guardianship and lifespan personalisation? Research in Practice releases its new learning resources, which collectively focus on how we can safeguard children and young people, whilst ensuring they are listened to and involved in decisions about their care.
The Prime Minister has announced a series of actions to improve the response of public agencies to child sexual exploitation.
Levels of activity in the child protection system continued to rise in 2013-14 according to recently published statistics from the Department for Education.
New Early Intervention Foundation report: “Spending on late intervention: How we can do better for less”
This new report gives financial data on the costs of providing acute and statutory services to children with severe problems. It aims to help local areas to assess the benefits of investing in early help and early intervention.
09:30 to 16:30 Tuesday, 24 February 2015, Crowne Plaza Birmingham City, Birmingham This one-day event will draw on our forthcoming Research Review and, through a combination of keynote sessions, plenaries and workshops, explore how we can be more effective in involving children and young people to ensure that their voices are fully represented.
Research in Practice has a range of resources designed to aid practitioners working in Children’s Services identify and respond to issues relating to Harmful Sexual Behaviour.
The NSPCC and Coventry University have published the report ‘Social workers’ knowledge and confidence when working with cases of child sexual abuse’. The report explores the challenges social workers face when working with cases of child sexual abuse and how employers, training providers and LSCBs can help address these issues.
Our latest Evidence Scope looking at the serious risks that face some adolescents in the UK today, focusing on neglect, running away, sexual exploitation and offending to inform an adolescent-centred approach to protection, prevention and adolescent resilience.
Research in Practice is delighted to announce the launch of its latest range of publications.
We are currently recruiting for exciting new positions across research in Practice and Research in Practice for Adults. Click here for more information.
Become a topic expert member on the Public Health Advisory Committee (PHAC) within the Centre for Public Health, NICE, on sexually harmful behaviour among young people.
The Adoption Leadership Board has released a guide explaining the impact of court judgements, namely Re B and Re B-S, on preparing care plans for adoption. This follows the release of statistics on adoption showing the numbers of children placed for adoption by local authorities and timeliness of the adoption process.
Link Officers play a crucial role within Partner organisations to optimise the uptake and impact of Research in Practice resources and services. To recognise and thank them for their efforts, the event culminated in a short awards ceremony to celebrate the performance of just a few of the many outstanding Link Officers over the course of the year.
Research in Practice held its annual Link Officer meeting on 16-17 October 2014. This year the focus was on the use of social media in social work.
NSPCC are running two survey and focus group studies for practitioners to explore issues around harmful practices among minority ethnic groups, as well as emotional wellbeing for children and young people in care homes. Read more and take part in the surveys.
The Office of the Children’s Commissioner has published 'Parental alcohol misuse – uncovering and responding to children’s needs at a local level’. This is a practical report and resource for local authorities focusing on identifying and promoting good practice in response to the needs of children affected by parental alcohol misuse and their families.
Ofsted have announced that they will be inspecting local authorities on the way they deal with child sexual exploitation (CSE). This is an issue all organisations across the sector need to get right, and recent events have shown the clear importance of doing so. Research in Practice has produced a range of resources recently to support in this area.
The latest round of statistics released reveals a continued drop on the average time for the disposal of a care or supervision application in England and Wales, now down to just under 30 weeks.
A campaign launched on Friday by Action for Children, Barnardo’s, The Children Society, NSPCC and Save the Children focuses on the importance of early support for children and families. The campaign, ‘A Stich in Time’, asks for services to change focus from child protection to providing early help.
The report sets out the progress made since the Family Justice Review in 2011 and summarises the main changes to the system that have taken place is the last years, as well as highlighting the resources which have been made available to help implement the reforms.
Statistics published by Cafcass show that the average time taken for care proceedings to be completed in the family courts has fallen to 31 weeks. 13 Designated Family Judge (DFJ) areas met the 26 week target.
Research in Practice has a range of resources designed to aid practitioners working in Children’s Services identify and respond to issues relating to Child Sexual Exploitation.
Rotherham Borough Council has published a report following an independent investigation into handling of child sexual exploitation between 1997 and 2013
Data released by Cafcass shows that the number of care proceedings in July 2014 was the highest ever for a single month and a 16% rise compared to the same month last year.
Data released by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) shows a dramatic rise in self-harm by 11-19 year olds
Social Policy Research Unit: Keeping Children Safe – Allegations concerning the abuse or neglect of children in care
Despite long-standing concerns about historic abuse in children's homes and about the implications of allegations for foster carers and their families, very little is known about the extent of these allegations.
The NICE Collaborating Centre for Social Care has produced new resources to support the implementation of the NICE quality standard on the health and wellbeing of looked-after children and young people.
New report on information sharing through multi-agency safeguarding hubs (MASH)
The Children & Young People Now Awards are in the final stages of identifying inspiring individuals and organisations who have been putting children and young people first to make a difference to their lives over the past year.
Research in Practice has launched a website full of free resources. These will support professionals to understand and implement changes in practice required to meet the statutory requirements under the Court Orders and Pre-Proceedings Guidance 2014.
Alison O'Sullivan, ADCS Vice President and Director for Children and Adults, Kirklees Council discusses the Research in Practice Leader’s Forum on her ADCS blog. She addresses a range of presentations, debates and discussions from the event focusing on the current landscape for children’s services. This includes child protection, the troubled families programme, and the need for ‘both excellent professionals and sound management.’
This study investigates the barriers, triggers and motivations that can affect people’s consideration of becoming an adopter or foster carers.
Research in Practice partner, Stockport recently used their tailored support days to arrange a one day workshop on social worker ‘mindfulness’ in child protection practice.
Research in Practice is supporting the Centre for Social Justice with their current research on child sexual abuse.
A new research review published by Research in Practice makes a significant contribution to the discourse and practice in this area.
We would like to hear from people who work in roles where they have contact with children, young people or adults who are diagnosed with autism, either conducting assessments of need or delivering or planning services for this group.
We are making the executive summary available for free until the first week of June, when we publish our Research Review on the same topic.
From the 22 April, changes to family justice become statutory which will affect social workers working in court. These include the 26 week limit for care proceedings and the introduction of child arrangement orders.
Draft proposals under consultation will enable most social services functions related to children to be discharged by a third party provider.
The study has calculated the national adoption disruption rate and reports on the experiences and characteristics of those involved when adoptions disrupt.
Ofsted has released the report ‘In the child’s time: professionals response to neglect’, exploring the effectiveness of arrangements to safeguard young children who experience neglect in Local Authorities in England.
Our latest Delivery Programme has been developed following consultation with our network. Topics include adult attachment, a management development programme for those leading integrated early intervention services, emotional abuse and a wide range of additional support.
We are looking for examples of practical tools/ protocols that have been effective locally in supporting the professional development of colleagues delivering important services such as early help, targeted early intervention or pastoral care. We are also looking for good practice examples of working with adolescents at risk.
Splitting Up? Put Kids First by relationship charity OnePlusOne is an innovative free online service that aims to help separating and separated parents work out arrangements for their children as early into a break-up as possible.
The Act has important implications for the work of Local Authorities
Research in Practice is looking to increase its pool of associates.
In this bulletin you can find useful summaries on: research on the role of IROs from the NCB Research Centre and the evaluation of the findings of the Coventry and Warwickshire pre-proceedings pilot.
The guidance provides detail on: fostering for adoption, matching and ethnicity, provision of adoption support and use of the adoption register.
These have been highlighted in the ‘View from the President’s Chamber no. 10: the beginning of the future’ looking forward to family law post-April 20014, when the revised PLO and Children and Families Act are expected to become law.
Local areas are trialling the Child Protection—Information Sharing project, expected to go live in Lancashire and London in spring 2014.
The Government has issued a consultation on the new revised guidance. This document will update the ‘Children Act 1989 guidance and Regulations: Volume 1-court orders’ with regards to the changes in practice and procedures brought in by the Children and Families Bill and the Family Justice Review
Professional foster carers and committed parents: The challenges of providing permanence in long-term foster care
University of Oxford - Public Seminar, 17 February, 5pm
Date: 20 March 2014, Birmingham
Our annual Leaders’ Forum is fast approaching. This event will provide an opportunity to explore the evidence available to underpin reconfiguring / restructuring activity, with a particular focus on how to ensure effective links between early help and child protection and safeguarding.
LARC’s fourth and final key summary on early intervention has now been published.
Action for Children invites proposals from a suitably experienced individual to develop participatory research, tools, protocols and training to enable Action for Children to launch a political campaign to tackle the financial exploitation of vulnerable young people.
Kent County Council (KCC) is in the process of developing a Career Grade Capability Framework for all registered staff working in Social Care. Research in Practice, with our sister organisation Research in Practice for Adults, have been commissioned to develop the framework.
We are currently developing training around contact with specific reference to children in care proceedings/long term foster care/adoption/kinship placement and need your help.
Reason has published its latest guide: An Introduction to Cost-Benefit Analysis. With reduced resources it is essential to know that we are working in the most effective and efficient ways possible. For information on how reason could support you to conduct a cost-benefit analysis, please contact them.
'We should have been helped from day one': Key messages about neglect and early intervention for LSCBs
The Local Authorities Research Consortium’s (LARC) latest round of research into early intervention and children experiencing neglect highlights some important messages for frontline practitioners and those leading and managing colleagues who work with families with additional needs. Specifically, this summary presents our key messages for Local Safeguarding Children’s Board (LSCB) members who may be interested in these findings and our recommendations. The summary is based on interviews with over 105 practitioners, and 40 children and families across nine English local authorities. We have also produced summaries for education colleagues, health practitioners and elected members. For further information about LARC go to www.nfer.ac.uk/larc.
The scorecards allow each local authority to measure their performance against 3 indicators, as well as compare their performance to national averages and targets and other local authorities. The indicators are: average time between a child entering care and moving in with its adoptive family, average time between a local authority receiving court authority to place a child and the local authority deciding on a match to an adoptive family, and the number and percentage of children who wait less than 14 months between entering care and moving in with their adoptive family.
How do we effectively support families who are experiencing neglect, and who have different levels of need across the early intervention spectrum, to engage with services?
The interactive maps, which can be found in the First4 Adoption site, allow users to determine, per area, the number of children waiting to be placed for adoption, how many adopter applications were decided on in less than 6 months and how many adopters were matched in less than 3 months of being approved. The statistics relate to the period between 1 April 2012 and 31 March 2013.
The schemes which are eligible for funding include functional family therapy, multisystemic therapy and multidimensional treatment foster care programmes. Funding is being provided until March 2015.
New case law deals with many aspects of Local Authority practice in family courts, in particular in adoption cases. It emphasises the need for proper evidence from LA and the guardians, including the analysis of pros and cons of placement options and reasoned, evidence based recommendations.
The Extremism Taskforce report sets out the government’s aim of tackling all forms of extremism. The vulnerability of some young people to extremist messages and the need to protect them from these views, particularly in schools, universities and further education, is recognised by the task force.
New funding opportunities - the Cabinet Office’s Social Outcomes Fund and the Big Lottery Fund’s Commissioning Better Outcomes
The two funds have been established to support the development of more Social Impact Bonds and are making funds available to pay for a proportion of outcomes payments for these types of models in complex policy areas.
The Office of the Children's Commissioner has published three reports from its two-year inquiry into sexual exploitation in gangs and groups.
Two of our Partners recently joined forces and used their tailored support allocation to commission a workshop for their Independent Reviewing Officer (IRO) services.
Our latest resources are now available to download (RiP Partners only) and to purchase from our website.
We were delighted to welcome five members of the Swedish partnership FoUrum to Research in Practice this week to learn more about evidence-informed practice and how we support local authorities in particular to embed this in their work.
The NICE Collaborating Centre for Social Care (NCCSC) has been commissioned to produce social care guidance for England on co-ordinated transition from children’s to adult’s services for young people with social care needs. The NCCSC is seeking to recruit a service user or carer member to advise the scoping group.
This time of year seems fitting for celebration and what better way to celebrate than with two award ceremonies at the end of November
The figures provide information on the number of families in each Local Authority that have been identified for inclusion in the programme, worked with and turned around as at the end of September/October 2013.
The Government has recently published an update on the programme of reform to the child protection system.
The Department for Education has released the latest statistics on the numbers and characteristics of children referred to and assessed by children’s social services by local authorities.
The NSPCC library now contains all Serious Case Reviews, as well as a briefing summarising the key practice learning from case reviews, and the ability to retrieve a Serious Case Review by theme
The new inspection framework brings in a series of changes to previous procedures. Inspections will now be short notice and Ofsted will contact your Director of Children’s Services the day before arriving on site.
The ‘7th view from the President’s chambers’ focuses on areas that will be of interest to all those involved in the family court and implementing practices to meet the new PLO and the 26 week maximum limit to care proceedings.
The focus of the report is very much on the role of leadership and the impact of restructure in the performance of children’s services.
Families with children at risk of neglect can feel under-informed about how local services can help them, and will often only ask for help once they reach crisis point.
The Care Quality Commission will soon be inspecting health services around safeguarding and child protection procedures.
Research in Practice is providing resources and train-the-trainer events for all local authorities, on behalf of the Department for Education.
The NICE Collaborating Centre for Social Care is holding a consultation into the forthcoming topic of children’s attachment.
Our Link Officer Annual Meeting 2013 was well-received and successful, with 100% of attendees rating it very good to good, and over 50 people in attendance.
The scope will set what aspects will be covered in the guideline.
Research in Practice and Research in Practice for Adults are renowned in children’s services and the adult social care sector.
The DfE is consulting on proposals which will impact on the work of practitioners in children’s services and those involved in fostering.
The inspections will focus on the effectiveness of services and arrangements to help and protect children, the experiences and outcomes for looked after children and the planning for permanence.
Research in Practice has welcomed an open letter Edward Timpson MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Families.