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Working with children, young people and families with learning disabilities

17 June 2019

To support Learning Disability Week, Research in Practice has brought together multimedia resources to support practice with children, young people and families with learning disabilities.

Supporting good practice with young carers and their families

10 June 2019

To support Carers Week, Research in Practice has brought together learning resources to support good social work practice with young carers and their families.

New publications on neglect, safeguarding and exploitation, and working with recurrent care-experienced mothers

23 May 2019

New learning resources released focusing on neglect, safeguarding and exploitation, and working with recurrent care-experienced mothers.

Learning resources to support positive mental health outcomes for children, young people and families

13 May 2019

To support Mental Health Awareness Week, Research in Practice has brought together learning resources to support positive mental health outcomes for children, young people and families.

Research in Practice to deliver Tackling Child Exploitation Support Programme

09 May 2019

Research in Practice, together with a group of partners, has formed a consortium to develop and deliver a Tackling Child Exploitation Support Programme, funded by the Department for Education.

Food as a safeguarding issue – call to action

05 April 2019

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.

Celebrating World Social Work Day

18 March 2019

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.

Further places available on Practice Supervisor Development Programme

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.

New learning events, publications and resources

18 February 2019

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

04 February 2019

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.

Contribute to research and policy work into the prevention of child sexual abuse

29 January 2019

Research in Practice, in partnership with the University of Bedfordshire, are conducting an evaluation of the Centre of Expertise on Child Sexual Abuse.

Contact after adoption resources updated

21 January 2019

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

11 January 2019

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 learning resources

19 December 2018

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.

Season's Greetings, from Research in Practice

18 December 2018

Wishing you a merry Christmas and a happy New Year. With best wishes from the team at Research in Practice.

Frequently asked questions - Practice Supervisor Development Programme

26 November 2018

Research in Practice, together with consortium partners, have brought together some of the frequently asked questions about the Practice Supervisor Development Programme.

Winners of Link Officer Awards announced

13 November 2018

Research in Practice is pleased to announce the winners of the annual Link Officer Awards.

Improving mental health assessments for children entering care

24 September 2018

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.

Framework for next round of Joint Targeted Area Inspections

05 September 2018

Ofsted has published the framework for the next round of Joint Targeted Area Inspections.

Upcoming learning resources and events until March 2019

03 September 2018

Research in Practice has published its upcoming publications, resources, workshops, webinars and conferences until March 2019.

New publications on trauma and transitional safeguarding

20 August 2018

Research in Practice has released new publications. These address key themes within this year’s Delivery Programme.

Practice Supervisor Development Programme open for registration

15 August 2018

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.

Infants in the family justice system

18 July 2018

New survey launched as part of a national scoping study to examine the issue of 'infants in the family justice system'.

Multi-agency responses to older children

09 July 2018

Ofsted has published a joint report that examines ‘the multi-agency response to older children who are living with neglect’.

Social Work England Continued Fitness to Practice Framework - Sector Involvement

19 June 2018

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.

Update on Social Work England

18 June 2018

An update on Social Work England, which will replace the Health and Care Professionals Council as the regulatory body of social workers.

Working with children, young people and families with learning disabilities

18 June 2018

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.

Scheme announced to trial mental health assessments for children in care

15 June 2018

The Government has announced a new pilot scheme to give children in care better mental health assessments as they enter the care system.

Care Crisis Review published

14 June 2018

A new report explores factors that have contributed to the number of children in care.

Call for CPD practice examples

11 June 2018

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.

Good social work practice with carers and their families

11 June 2018

Research in Practice has developed resources to support young carers and people who work with them.

Our year in review

06 June 2018

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

01 June 2018

Research in Practice is inviting Practice Supervisors to participate in focus groups to inform the design of the Practice Supervisor Development Programme.

Inform the development of the Practice Supervisor Development Programme

01 June 2018

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 appointed to deliver Practice Supervisor Development Programme

18 May 2018

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.

New Research in Practice Podcasts launched

11 May 2018

We are pleased to announce the launch of a new series of Podcasts to accompany our Delivery Programme for 2018-19.

Case Law and Legal Summaries special issue: Section 20 accommodation

11 May 2018

Learning for practitioners from case law regarding the use of Section 20 by local authorities to provide accommodation to children and young people.

Provision of accommodation for 16 and 17 year olds who may be homeless

01 May 2018

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

30 April 2018

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.

New RiP publications

30 April 2018

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

27 April 2018

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.

Support to help children living with alcohol-dependant parents

24 April 2018

New measures have been announced that will give children living with alcoholic parents faster access to support and advice.

What characteristics and circumstances are associated with feeling lonely?

17 April 2018

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.

Thinking about adolescent neglect – new report

10 April 2018

A new report by The Children’s Society includes recommendations on tackling adolescent neglect for professionals who work with families.

How commissioners use research evidence

09 April 2018

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.

World Health Day 2018: ‘Universal health coverage – everyone, everywhere’

06 April 2018

Research in Practice celebrates World Health Day 2018 by supporting the World Health Organization’s campaign for Universal Health Coverage.

Participate in an independent evaluation of the Centre of Expertise for Child Sexual Abuse

03 April 2018

Research in Practice and the University of Bedfordshire are conducting an independent evaluation of the Centre of Expertise for Child Sexual Abuse.

Research in Practice welcomes new Partnership Board Chair

23 March 2018

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.

Knowledge and Skills Statement update

22 March 2018

The Department for Education has updated its Knowledge and Skills Statement following a consultation.

Celebrating World Social Work Day: ‘Promoting Community and Environmental Sustainability’

20 March 2018

To celebrate World Social Work Day 2018 RiP has made its RPU open access to view to support community and environmental sustainability.

Direct work with children and young people

16 March 2018

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.

Improving the educational outcomes of children in need

16 March 2018

The Department for Education is calling for evidence for what works in improving the educational outcomes of children in need.

Consultation on the Professional Capabilities Framework

16 March 2018

The British Association of Social Workers are consulting on the refresh of the Professional Capabilities Framework.

New RiP publications, resources and learning events

26 February 2018

Research in Practice has published a new Delivery Programme, detailing upcoming publications, resources, workshops, webinars, conferences and much more over the next twelve months.

Call for evidence: impact of social media and screens on young people

23 February 2018

The Science and Technology Committee has launched an inquiry into the impact of social media and screen-use on young people’s health.

Have your say on children and young people’s mental health

31 January 2018

The Government is asking for views on a green paper setting out measures to improve mental health support for children and young people.

Participate in research exploring effective practice in cross-border children and families cases

15 January 2018

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

19 December 2017

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.

The Twelve Days of Christmas from RiP

15 December 2017

Research in Practice celebrates its work across 2017 with a carol inspired by the Twelve Days of Christmas.

Legacy of Liz Brown

14 December 2017

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.

Helping children understand their rights to citizenship

09 November 2017

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.

Link Officer Awards – winners announced

06 November 2017

Research in Practice (RiP) is pleased to announce the winners of the annual Link Officer Awards.

Building on the evidence base to address child sexual exploitation

27 October 2017

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.

Building the evidence base on what works to help children get back on track after abuse

19 October 2017

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.

Vulnerable Birth Mothers and Recurrent Care Proceedings: Final report launched

18 October 2017

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.

Research in Practice response to the launch of the What Works Centre

12 October 2017

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.

The multi-agency response to children living with domestic abuse: prevent, protect and repair

22 September 2017

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.

Vulnerable Birth Mothers and Recurrent Care Proceedings: Launch event

23 August 2017

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 finds sources of evidence reflecting the voice of children in care and care leavers

11 August 2017

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.

Manchester workshops for residential children's home staff: November 2017

03 August 2017

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.

New Research in Practice resources to support evidence-informed practice

03 August 2017

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.

Examining thresholds for children's social care

02 August 2017

The National Children’s Bureau would like to hear from children’s social workers across England to inform a new inquiry.

Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme evaluation summaries

19 July 2017

Evaluation reports from the first round of Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme projects are being published by the Department for Education.

Workforce perspectives on harmful sexual behaviour: Research Report

12 July 2017

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).

Grant funding to support building evaluation capacity

28 June 2017

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.

Consultation on the refresh of the Professional Capabilities Framework

22 May 2017

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.

Building learning and development pathways in relation to child neglect: Mapping Resource

22 May 2017

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.

Refreshing the Professional Capabilities Framework

16 May 2017

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).

Research in Practice resources 2016-17

15 May 2017

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

04 May 2017

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.

RiP launches new publications

13 April 2017

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

11 April 2017

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: supporting community and environmental sustainability

21 March 2017

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.

New publications and learning events for 2017

20 March 2017

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.

New open access resources to support contact after adoption

08 March 2017

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.

New training workshops for residential children’s homes in North West England

07 March 2017

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.

Call for evidence on the views, experiences and perceptions of children in care and care leavers

23 February 2017

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.

Consultation on NICE guideline on child abuse and neglect

22 February 2017

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.

Government releases new definition and guide for child exploitation

17 February 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)

14 February 2017

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.

Invite to tender - analysis of Department for Education Children in Need data sets

19 January 2017

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.

Transition from Children’s to Adults’ Services resource launched

18 January 2017

NICE has launched a new resource to support transition from Children's to Adults' Services for young people using health or social care services.

Understanding the links between parenting and adolescent neglect

16 January 2017

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.

New training programmes for residential children’s homes

12 December 2016

Research in Practice has launched a series of evidence-informed training programmes for practitioners and managers working within the residential children’s home sector.

Season's Greetings, from Research in Practice

06 December 2016

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to yule!

NEW Change Project - Edge of Care Cost Calculator tool

02 December 2016

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.

Safeguarding across transitions: learning from each other

25 November 2016

RiP is seeking examples of how councils are trying to enable closer and more fluid working between adult safeguarding and children’s safeguarding.

New RiP resources focus on attachment, early help services and child neglect

23 November 2016

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.

Survey on the impact of NICE guidelines

18 November 2016

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.

Winter learning programme from Research in Practice

15 November 2016

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.

Preventing abuse in families facing adversity – a call for proposals

03 November 2016

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.

Link Officer Awards – winners announced

28 October 2016

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

Friendship for all: building social networks for young people who are disabled or in care

18 October 2016

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.

Developing Research for the Children’s Residential Care Sector

14 October 2016

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.

New - Research in Practice Case Law Summaries

21 September 2016

Research in Practice has launched a new monthly resource to support professionals working in the family court or in pre-proceedings work with families.

Ofsted targeted inspections will focus on domestic abuse

19 August 2016

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.

Towards a national family justice observatory: call for evidence launched

10 August 2016

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.

Hidden effects: the health implications of CSE on parents

02 August 2016

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.

Working with parents to safeguard children from CSE

02 August 2016

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.

New framework launched to support work with harmful sexual behaviours

25 July 2016

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.

New RiP publications explore solutions to key issues

15 July 2016

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.

What is evidence-informed practice?

15 July 2016

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

11 July 2016

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.

Towards a Family Justice Observatory: A scoping study

07 July 2016

A new Nuffield funded initiative aims to improve the use of evidence in the family justice system.

Serious Case Reviews: briefings to support practice

05 July 2016

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: Autumn/Winter learning programme

02 July 2016

New Research in Practice publications and events to support evidence-informed practice.

Supporting good social work practice with carers and their families

06 June 2016

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.

New webinars: Making good decisions for children in public law and infant brain development

01 June 2016

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.

Co-production in practice

11 May 2016

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

25 April 2016

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.

Leaders’ Forum 2016 explores what devolution means for children’s and adult services

14 April 2016

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

06 April 2016

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.

Annual Review 2015-16 released

06 April 2016

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.

‘Promoting the dignity and worth of people’ - what does social work mean to you?

15 March 2016

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?

11 March 2016

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.

New publications and learning events for 2016

08 March 2016

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 template to help social workers prepare for court launched

01 March 2016

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 to support transition from Children's to Adults' Services

26 February 2016

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.

Building knowledge and skills for child and family social work

15 February 2016

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.

Local Authority Research Consortium 2016

26 January 2016

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.

New releases: Voice of the child, adolescent mental health, family and friends care and much more

03 December 2015

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.

Working effectively to address Child Sexual Exploitation

13 November 2015

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: Webinar

07 September 2015

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.

New Research in Practice resources launched to support evidence-informed practice

06 July 2015

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.

Research in Practice Partners lead the way for innovative social work reform

30 June 2015

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.

Joint Children’s and Adults’ Leaders’ Forum hailed as success

16 June 2015

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.

Review of current arrangements for the operation of Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCB)

15 June 2015

The Local Government Association’s commissioned research into current arrangements for the operation of Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCB) is released.

Leaders’ Forum 2015 provides opportunity to explore community engagement and resilience

01 May 2015

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.

Child neglect is everyone’s business.

30 March 2015

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.

The Care Act - Are we meeting the needs of young carers?

25 March 2015

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

19 March 2015

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

18 March 2015

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 identifies weaknesses in services for looked after children

18 March 2015

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

17 March 2015

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.

Sir Michael Wilshaw calls for more clarity over accountability for keeping children safe

17 March 2015

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.

Strong leaders are crucial for high quality children social care services, Ofsted say

16 March 2015

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

16 March 2015

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 published on Child Sexual Exploitation in Oxfordshire

05 March 2015

Serious case review examines the actions of public agencies in relation to girls who were victims of sexual exploitation in Oxfordshire between 2005-2011.

Annual Review 2014-15 and Delivery Programme 2015-16

05 March 2015

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

04 March 2015

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.

Series of actions announced to tackle child sexual exploitation

04 March 2015

The Prime Minister has announced a series of actions to improve the response of public agencies to child sexual exploitation.

Continued rise in level of activity in the child protection system

03 March 2015

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”

19 February 2015

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.

Voice of the Child Partnership Conference

09 January 2015

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.

Connected learning: Harmful Sexual Behaviours

30 November 2014

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.

Working with cases of child sexual abuse – issues and challenges for social workers

27 November 2014

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.

That Difficult Age: Developing a more effective response to risks in adolescence

24 November 2014

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.

Latest Research in Practice publications launched

13 November 2014

Research in Practice is delighted to announce the launch of its latest range of publications.

Would you like to join our team?

13 November 2014

We are currently recruiting for exciting new positions across research in Practice and Research in Practice for Adults. Click here for more information.

NICE recruitment: developing public health guidelines on Sexually Harmful Behaviour

13 November 2014

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.

Adoption leadership board - the impact of Re B and Re B-S on adoption and social work practice

13 November 2014

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 Officer Awards (LOAM 2014)

22 October 2014

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.

Social media in social work practice (LOAM 2014)

20 October 2014

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 practitioner surveys and focus groups

16 October 2014

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.

Parental alcohol misuse – providing help and protection for children

09 October 2014

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.

Social media in social work practice

09 October 2014

Link Officer Annual Meeting 2014 Thursday 16 October – Friday 17 October
Join the event online: #LOAM14 @researchIP

Child sexual exploitation: Support for practitioners

26 September 2014

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.

Family court statistics: average time for care or supervision applications down to 29.6 weeks

25 September 2014

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.

Investment in early support for children and families

15 September 2014

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.

What’s happened since the Family Justice Review

04 September 2014

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.

Average time for care proceedings in family courts falls to 31 weeks

03 September 2014

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.

Child Sexual Exploitation resource collection

01 September 2014

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.

New report into child sexual exploitation in Rotherham published

27 August 2014

Rotherham Borough Council has published a report following an independent investigation into handling of child sexual exploitation between 1997 and 2013

Care proceedings hit all time high in July 2014

15 August 2014

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.

New data on self-harming by young people shows dramatic rise

14 August 2014

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

06 August 2014

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.

NICE quality standard on the health and wellbeing of looked-after children and young people

06 August 2014

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)

31 July 2014

New report on information sharing through multi-agency safeguarding hubs (MASH)

Recognising inspirational work to support children, young people and families across the UK

31 July 2014

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.

Court Orders and Pre-Proceedings Guidance

21 July 2014

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.

ADCS Vice President blog on Leader’s Forum

26 June 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.’

Research on adoption and fostering published by DfE

25 June 2014

This study investigates the barriers, triggers and motivations that can affect people’s consideration of becoming an adopter or foster carers.

Towards intimate child protection practice in social work

13 June 2014

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.

Contribute to research on child sexual abuse – calling research-minded professionals

13 June 2014

Research in Practice is supporting the Centre for Social Justice with their current research on child sexual abuse.

Research Review published: Children and young people with harmful sexual behaviours

09 June 2014

A new research review published by Research in Practice makes a significant contribution to the discourse and practice in this area.

NICE autism quality standards: your input

04 June 2014

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.

Children and young people with harmful sexual behaviours: Executive Summary available

15 May 2014

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.

Reforms to family justice are implemented from today

22 April 2014

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.

Government seeks views on delegation of children’s social care functions to third party providers

22 April 2014

Draft proposals under consultation will enable most social services functions related to children to be discharged by a third party provider.

Research on adoption disruption rates and challenges

10 April 2014

The study has calculated the national adoption disruption rate and reports on the experiences and characteristics of those involved when adoptions disrupt.

Identifying and responding to neglect

27 March 2014

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.

Delivery Programme launched

24 March 2014

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.

Contribute to the knowledge base

24 March 2014

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.

New online service for separating parents

14 March 2014

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.

New Children and Families Act has been given Royal Assent

13 March 2014

The Act has important implications for the work of Local Authorities

Research in Practice Associate recruitment

11 March 2014

Research in Practice is looking to increase its pool of associates.

MoJ releases new Family Justice Knowledge Hub Bulletin

11 March 2014

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.

New guidance details local authorities’ duties under the reformed adoption system

03 March 2014

The guidance provides detail on: fostering for adoption, matching and ethnicity, provision of adoption support and use of the adoption register.

New case law with implications for the work of local authorities in court proceedings

24 February 2014

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.

Child Protection – Information sharing project

18 February 2014

Local areas are trialling the Child Protection—Information Sharing project, expected to go live in Lancashire and London in spring 2014.

Seeking views on revised guidance for public family law orders

13 February 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

Leaders’ Forum: Re-imagining children's services

14 December 2013

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.

“We should have been helped from day one”

13 December 2013

LARC’s fourth and final key summary on early intervention has now been published.

Action for Children: research proposals invited

12 December 2013

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.

KCC Social Care Career Grade Capability Framework

11 December 2013

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.

Contact – call for practice

10 November 2013

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 update

09 November 2013

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

08 November 2013

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.

Adoption scorecards for local authorities released yesterday

07 November 2013

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.

Early intervention and neglect: providing practitioners with new perspectives

06 November 2013

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?

New adoption maps released providing performance data per area

05 November 2013

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.

DfE announces funding for local authorities to set up evidence-based intervention programmes

04 November 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.

Implications of new case law: need for better evidence in family court in support of adoption

03 November 2013

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.

Tackling extremism in the UK and protecting vulnerable groups

02 November 2013

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

01 November 2013

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.

Sexual exploitation inquiry report published

31 October 2013

The Office of the Children's Commissioner has published three reports from its two-year inquiry into sexual exploitation in gangs and groups.

Supporting IROs to further develop use of research

30 October 2013

Two of our Partners recently joined forces and used their tailored support allocation to commission a workshop for their Independent Reviewing Officer (IRO) services.

New resources available

29 October 2013

Our latest resources are now available to download (RiP Partners only) and to purchase from our website.

FoUrum - learning in partnership

28 October 2013

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.

Service user or carer needed for NICE scoping group

27 October 2013

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.

Celebrating excellence in the sector

26 October 2013

This time of year seems fitting for celebration and what better way to celebrate than with two award ceremonies at the end of November

DCLG releases new statistics on progress in the Troubled Families Programme by Local Authority

25 October 2013

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.

Training on neglect and thresholds for action

20 October 2013

The Government has recently published an update on the programme of reform to the child protection system.

Information on children in need in England 2012 - 2013

15 October 2013

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.

Latest News RSS

10 October 2013

All serious case reviews in one location

07 October 2013

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

New Ofsted's inspection framework takes effect from today

02 October 2013

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.

President of the Family Division’s view on changing practices in the family court

30 September 2013

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.

Discussion forums - Ofsted’s first Social Care Report

26 September 2013

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.

LARC5: Families and practitioners want early intervention to prevent child neglect, says research

21 September 2013

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.

Care Quality Commission: Child protection inspection

19 September 2013

The Care Quality Commission will soon be inspecting health services around safeguarding and child protection procedures.

Fostering and adoption support: survey and focus group

14 September 2013

Research in Practice is providing resources and train-the-trainer events for all local authorities, on behalf of the Department for Education.

NICE Consultation: Children's attachment

10 September 2013

The NICE Collaborating Centre for Social Care is holding a consultation into the forthcoming topic of children’s attachment.

Link Officer Annual Meeting: Reporting back

06 September 2013

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.

NICE is seeking views on scope of the clinical practice guideline on children’s attachment

03 September 2013

The scope will set what aspects will be covered in the guideline.

Job Opportunities

31 August 2013

Research in Practice and Research in Practice for Adults are renowned in children’s services and the adult social care sector.

Consultation on proposals to improve permanence for looked after children

27 August 2013

The DfE is consulting on proposals which will impact on the work of practitioners in children’s services and those involved in fostering.

‘Ofsted publishes new framework for the inspection of children’s services'

22 August 2013

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 welcomes Minister’s recognition of sector efforts

19 August 2013

Research in Practice has welcomed an open letter Edward Timpson MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Families.

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