New publications on neglect, safeguarding and exploitation, and working with recurrent care-experienced mothers
Research in Practice has released new publications on key topics:
- Neglect in the context of poverty and austerity: Frontline Briefing
- Safeguarding and exploitation – complex, contextual and holistic approaches: Strategic Briefing
- Working with recurrent care-experienced birth mothers: Resource Pack
An accompanying Mapping Resource (PDF) provides details of each new release and who they are aimed at, as well as identifying a selection of related publications from the Research in Practice back catalogue.
In addition to the above publications, two research projects with local commissioners and the voluntary sector have been published:
- Evidence in the commissioning process: Insights from focus groups with local authority commissioners
- Strategic partnerships with the voluntary sector: Messages from research and practice
This briefing explores the complex interaction between family poverty and concerns about neglect of children by their caregivers. It encourages practitioners to reflect on:
- The impact of poverty on families and their ability to meet their children’s needs, including experience of discrimination and stigma.
- The types of support that can help mitigate the impact of poverty on parenting and children’s outcomes.
- The way that practitioner interactions with families can re-enforce or relieve some of that feeling of blame and disempowerment.
Designed for: Frontline practitioners.
Paperback price: £12.00
Download price: £14.40
At a time of limited resources, and increasing demands, local areas are tasked with addressing multiple forms of exploitation and attending to the causes (rather than solely the consequences) of abuse.
This briefing can be used to inform the development of holistic, complex and contextual safeguarding systems that are equipped to address and prevent exploitation in all its forms.
Designed for: Local authority strategic leaders and decision-makers. It will also be of interest to frontline managers and their staff.
Paperback price: £10.00
Download price: £12.00
Social workers, lawyers and judges have long been aware that some women return to court as respondents in care proceedings after having already experienced the removal of one or more children in previous proceedings. It is also recognised that a proportion of these women return to court on many occasions and lose multiple children to public care and adoption.
In 2017, a team at Lancaster University published the final report of a Nuffield-funded research study into Vulnerable Birth Mothers and Recurrent Care Proceedings (Broadhurst et al, 2017). The Lancaster team, Research in Practice and colleagues from the University of Essex wanted to collaborate to support the use of the research findings to inform more effective ways of working with this population. A Change Project provided an opportunity to work with a group of practice experts who were working to set up or improve support to parents (with a primary focus on mothers) in this situation.
This resource brings together material presented at the Change Project sessions with information, reflections and practice examples provided by those participating.
Designed for: Managers, commissioners and practitioners working in children’s social care, NHS Trusts, health services and third sector organisations.
Paperback price: £25
Download price: £30
Online resources: The printed resource takes team managers, learning and development leads through open access online materials. These include animated slide deck presentations, eleven short films, downloadable powerpoint slides, an evaluation guide and more. The films – in particular those focused on trauma-informed practice and attachment theory in relation to adults – will be valuable for learning and development for all practitioners working with families.
This report is the result of two telephone focus groups held with local authority commissioners of children’s services. The 18 participants worked in local authorities of a range of sizes, locations and levels of deprivation and came from a variety of backgrounds, including health and academia as well as operational and management roles within children’s social care. Commissioners were responsible for, or involved in, the commissioning of a range of services for children.
This range of experience provided rich perspectives and learning about what evidence is used in commissioning and how it is used in practice in local authorities in England.
Designed for: Commissioning teams.
This briefing sets out the key messages from research and practice in commissioning strategic partnerships with the voluntary sector.
Reflections from practice are drawn from a Research in Practice Change Project which brought together five local authorities and their voluntary sector partners engaged in delivering innovative services for children and families. Together, these partnerships considered how voluntary sector organisations and local authorities can work together better and how these partnerships can be sustained to achieve the best outcomes for children, young people and their families.
Designed for: Commissioning teams.
There is also an Executive Summary (open access) that combines the output of the two research projects with local authority commissioners and the voluntary sector.