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A series of publications aimed at frontline practitioners and managers who work with children and their families.

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Communicating with children and young people with speech, language and communication needs and/or developmental delay: Frontline Briefing (2016)

Published: Jul 2016

Communicating with children and young people with speech, language and communication needs and/or developmental delay: Frontline Briefing (2016)

When working with children and young people with communication needs, as with all children, listening to their views, wishes and feelings is central to carrying out effective assessments. This resource supports frontline practitioners undertaking assessment in the context of safeguarding and child protection concerns or assessing needs more generally. It also contains guidance on how to work with adolescents to consider appropriate risk enablement.

Aimed at: Frontline social workers and family support workers, referral and assessment teams.

Number of pages: 20
Product code: CH-FBR-007
Young person-centred approaches in CSE - promoting participation and building self-efficacy: Frontline Briefing (2016)

Published: Jul 2016

Young person-centred approaches in CSE - promoting participation and building self-efficacy: Frontline Briefing (2016)

Enabling children and young people’s participation is a fundamental aspect of protecting them, amplifying their voices and challenging the cultures of silence in which abuse flourishes. This briefing builds on the findings and recommendations for effective service design and practice development highlighted within our Working effectively to address Child Sexual Exploitation: Evidence Scope (2015). It explores how to work with risk and the perceived ‘choices’ of young people affected by child sexual exploitation, in order to build resilience, self-efficacy and involve young people in decision-making about their care.

Accompanying the briefing is a checklist tool containing a set of questions and prompts to use when planning group-based participatory activities with young people affected by child sexual exploitation.

Please note. The Home Office is currently updating its definition of CSE. The publications are available on the RiP website and will be updated once the new definition has been announced to ensure the resource remains as up-to-date as possible. Hard copies will be included in your next mailout.

Aimed at: Principal Social Workers, Heads of Service and service managers for children and families, practitioners in social work and youth offending, youth workers, advocacy and IRO services, residential home workers and foster carers, school welfare leads.

Number of pages: 24
Young person-centred approaches in CSE - promoting participation and building self-efficacy: Frontline Tool (2016)

Published: Jul 2016

Young person-centred approaches in CSE - promoting participation and building self-efficacy: Frontline Tool (2016)

Enabling children and young people’s participation is a fundamental aspect of protecting them, amplifying their voices and challenging the cultures of silence in which abuse flourishes. This briefing builds on the findings and recommendations for effective service design and practice development highlighted within our Working effectively to address Child Sexual Exploitation: Evidence Scope (2015). It explores how to work with risk and the perceived ‘choices’ of young people affected by child sexual exploitation, in order to build resilience, self-efficacy and involve young people in decision-making about their care.

This tool accompanies the briefing. It is a checklist tool containing a set of questions and prompts to use when planning group-based participatory activities with young people affected by child sexual exploitation.

Please note. The Home Office is currently updating its definition of CSE. The publications are available on the RiP website and will be updated once the new definition has been announced to ensure the resource remains as up-to-date as possible. Hard copies will be included in your next mailout.

Aimed at: Principal Social Workers, Heads of Service and service managers for children and families, practitioners in social work and youth offending, youth workers, advocacy and IRO services, residential home workers and foster carers, school welfare leads.

Number of pages: 6
Team-based learning - assessing parental capacity to change

Published: Apr 2016

Team-based learning - assessing parental capacity to change

Research in Practice are delighted to present to our network new resources for delivering a four-module course on Assessing parental capacity to change using the innovative team-based learning training method. These are resources that you can use in your organisation to support learning.

Resources from this change project are available as downloads to members of our partner network only.
Violence in young people's relationships: Frontline Briefing (2016)

Published: Apr 2016

Violence in young people's relationships: Frontline Briefing (2016)

This briefing examines the prevalence and causes of violence and abuse in both adolescent and adolescent to parent relationships. It identifies common protective factors and makes recommendations for practice as well as helping practitioners understand how they might be able to negotiate the tensions in working with young people who are both vulnerable and perpetrating violence. The briefing is accompanied by a summary of recommendations for engaging with young people experiencing relationship abuse, developed by SafeLives.

Aimed at: Practitioners and team managers working with young people across universal, early help, targeted support and statutory services.

Number of pages: 20
Preview available.
Product code: CH-FBR-006
Violence in young people's relationships: Frontline Tool (2016)

Published: Apr 2016

Violence in young people's relationships: Frontline Tool (2016)

This summary of recommendations for engaging with young people experiencing relationship abuse, developed by SafeLives, accompanies the full briefing.
The briefing examines the prevalence and causes of violence and abuse in both adolescent and adolescent to parent relationships. It identifies common protective factors and makes recommendations for practice as well as helping practitioners understand how they might be able to negotiate the tensions in working with young people who are both vulnerable and perpetrating violence.

Aimed at: Practitioners and team managers working with young people across universal, early help, targeted support and statutory services.

Number of pages: 6
Preview available.
Product code: CH-FBT-016
Attachment: Understanding and supporting parent/carer bonding before birth and in infancy: Frontline Chart (2016)

Published: Apr 2016

Attachment: Understanding and supporting parent/carer bonding before birth and in infancy: Frontline Chart (2016)

Parental mental illness, domestic abuse and drug and alcohol misuse correlate highly with parents’ experiences of abuse, neglect and attachment disorganisation in childhood. Such a background presents a risk of maltreatment and neglect of a parent’s own children but is not predictive; 70 to 80 per cent of parents who were maltreated as children will not repeat maltreatment and there are many opportunities to change or ameliorate indicative behaviour pre-birth and in the early years.

This chart accompanies the full briefing (revised and updated from 2011)

Aimed at: Frontline practitioners and team managers in children’s social care, family support and wider Children’s Services (including early help, education and health).

Number of pages: 8
Preview available.
Product code: CH-FBT-015
Attachment in children and young people [UPDATED]: Frontline Briefing (2016)

Published: Apr 2016

Attachment in children and young people [UPDATED]: Frontline Briefing (2016)

Much evidence suggests that attachment relationships with a parent or carer are the foundation for a child’s experience of the world. This second edition briefing highlights emerging evidence on understanding and building attachment relationships pre-birth. It provides a fundamental grounding in attachment theory and different attachment behaviours, with a focus on identifying signs of parent-child interactions that may need further assessment. It also aims to build understanding of attachment and the appropriate application of the theory in direct work with children, young people and families.

Aimed at: Frontline practitioners and team managers in children’s social care, family support and wider Children’s Services (including early help, education and health).

Number of pages: 42
Preview available.

This publication is available as a digital download only.
Adolescent mental health: Frontline Briefing (2015)

Published: Dec 2015

Adolescent mental health: Frontline Briefing (2015)

This briefing offers an overview of the field of adolescent mental health for frontline practitioners in teams offering family support, social work and youth work. It aims to provide a broad ‘map of the territory’ and to offer some practical guidelines and tools for frontline workers who may feel they carry much of the burden of these complex and worrying problems. The briefing focuses in particular on the concept of ‘mentalisation’, an area of specialist expertise for the author and one which offers practically applicable theory to inform direct practice.

Aimed at: Frontline practitioners and first-line team managers in children’s social care, family support and wider children’s services (including early help, education, health and public health.

Number of pages: 16
Preview available.
Product code: CH-FBR-005
Adolescent mental health: Frontline Tool (2015)

Published: Dec 2015

Adolescent mental health: Frontline Tool (2015)

There is strong evidence to suggest that working without a plan is less effective than working with one and that, where plans are formed in collaboration with the young person, they are more likely to be followed. This resource contains a ‘Collaborative Care Planning Tool’, a ‘Dis-integration Grid Tool’ that can be used to help identify the most unhelpful ‘dis-integrations’ in a network and also lists some of the most commonly used screening and outcomes measures. The accompanying Research in Practice Frontline Briefing Adolescent mental health provides further information about the research that underpins these tools.

Aimed at: Frontline practitioners and first-line team managers in children’s social care, family support and wider children’s services (including early help, education, health and public health.

Number of pages: 8
Preview available.
Product code: CH-FBT-014
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