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System redesign: A child-centred strategy for mental health: Strategic Briefing

upcoming publications Published: Nov 2018

System redesign: A child-centred strategy for mental health: Strategic Briefing

Early access to flexible and effective mental health support will help secure better outcomes for children and young people.

Effective commissioning of services in this area requires good local data and meaningful involvement of children and young people while building on existing good practice. This Strategic Briefing provides an overview of the key issues in improving mental health provision.

Aimed at: Senior leaders. Clinical Commissioning Group members, commissioners and Assistant Directors

Trauma-informed approaches with young people: Frontline Briefing (2018)

frontline resources Published: Aug 2018

Trauma-informed approaches with young people: Frontline Briefing (2018)

An introduction to trauma research for practitioners working with young people whose experiences (either earlier in their childhood and/or presently) may lead to complex traumatic responses across the lifespan.

The briefing is comprised of four sections:

  1. What are the traumatic childhood experiences that adversely affect young people?
  2. What is it like for young people to live with complex trauma and how can practitioners recognise it?
  3. What can we do to support young people with complex trauma?
  4. How can we develop as practitioners to do this work?

 

Aimed at: Social workers, family support workers and team managers in direct practice with children, young people and families.

Number of pages: 16

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Product code: CH-FBR-014

Developing and leading trauma-informed practice: Leaders' Briefing (2018)

leaders briefings Published: Aug 2018

Developing and leading trauma-informed practice: Leaders' Briefing (2018)

This briefing summarises evidence to inform the development of trauma-informed organisational and locality approaches. It includes sections on:

  • Adverse childhood experiences.
  • Trauma and its impact on children, young people and adults.
  • Secondary trauma amongst the workforce.
  • Community-level trauma.
  • Principles of trauma-informed practice.

 

Aimed at: Leaders of child and family services including Lead Members, Chief Executives, local authority Directors, Safeguarding Board Leads.

Number of pages: 24

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Product code: CH-LBR-008

Transitional safeguarding - adolescence to adulthood: Strategic Briefing (2018)

strategic briefings Published: Aug 2018

Transitional safeguarding - adolescence to adulthood: Strategic Briefing (2018)

Diverse approaches are taken in safeguarding practice across Adults’ and Children’s Services. These differences present challenges for those seeking to effectively safeguard adolescents into adulthood and young people can feel ill-equipped for the change in practice culture they experience as they become adults.

This briefing, jointly produced by Research in Practice and Research in Practice for Adults, explores how a transitional approach to safeguarding could be developed. It looks at approaches to safeguarding adolescents and young adults fluidly across developmental stages that builds on the best available evidence, learns from both children’s and adults’ safeguarding practice and which prepares young people for their adult lives.

Aimed at: Senior leaders and managers involved in safeguarding children and/or adults, in particular those with responsibility for designing and developing services and leading practice.

Number of pages: 28

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Product code: JT-SBT-002

Applying research to social care practice: RiPfA RPU 137 August 2018 (open access)

evidence scopes Published: Jul 2018

Applying research to social care practice: RiPfA RPU 137 August 2018 (open access)

Research in Practice (RiP) and Research in Practice for Adults (RiPfA) have been in the business of evidence-informed practice for 22 and 13 years respectively. During that time, we’ve worked to bring together research messages with practice wisdom, making sure they are combined with the voices of people who use services: developing a culture that is informed by evidence and grounded in professional judgement.

We’ve learned that getting the messages from academic study directly into social care work is a multi-faceted operation. It is not easy, and it is certainly not linear. It depends, in varying proportions, on interactions between an individual practitioner, their team, researchers, the organisational context, academic culture, and the wider environment.

This month’s Research and Policy Update explores some of the latest thinking on how to navigate this effectively and examines the role of link officers in social care organisations.

This resource is open access and free to download.

Annual Review 2017-18

delivery programme Published: Jun 2018

Annual Review 2017-18

The Research in Practice Annual Review showcases our programme of work across 2017-18.

It provides an overview of key topics that have been focused on, as well as links to relevant learning materials. This includes publications, workshops, webinars, Research and Policy Updates, Case Law and Legal Summaries and blogs. It also details bespoke projects and other support available for Partners and non-partners alike.

Individuals can use the publication to map specific materials to their learning and development needs, as well as a guide to Research in Practice resources. 

The Research in Practice Annual Review is open access.  

Parental mental health: Frontline Briefing (2018)

frontline resources Published: Apr 2018

Parental mental health: Frontline Briefing (2018)

This briefing provides information aimed at social workers and family support workers working with parents and includes sections on:

  • The range and prevalence of parental mental health problems.
  • The potential impact of such problems on children’s health and development and factors to consider when assessing the seriousness of the impact.
  • The types of support that may be provided and the factors that should inform their work when parents themselves and/or others are concerned about the impact mental health problems may be having on parenting capacity and therefore, on their children.
  • Effective or promising approaches when working with families where parental mental health problems are present.
  • Sources of further information.

Aimed at: Child and family social workers and their frontline managers.

Number of pages: 24

Product code: CH-FBR-013

Parental mental health: Frontline Tool (2018)

frontline resources Published: Apr 2018

Parental mental health: Frontline Tool (2018)

This Tool accompanies the full Frontline Briefing. It includes questions for reflection and messages from parents and children.

Aimed at: Child and family social workers and their frontline managers.

Number of pages: 6

Product code: CH-FBT-019

Building a quality culture in child and family services: Strategic Briefing (2018)

strategic briefings Published: Apr 2018

Building a quality culture in child and family services: Strategic Briefing (2018)

Drawing on sector knowledge gathered through quality assurance (QA) workshops, this briefing offers a strategic overview and practical guidance on how an effective quality assurance framework can support achieving the right outcomes for children and young people, and improve the quality of practice.

It sets QA in the wider context of the drivers and enablers, including strengths and relationship-based practice with children and young people.

Aimed at: Local authority strategic leaders and decision-makers. It will also be of interest to frontline managers and their staff.

Number of pages: 20

Product code: CH SBR 013

Supporting parents who have learning disabilities: Strategic Briefing (2018)

strategic briefings Published: Apr 2018

Supporting parents who have learning disabilities: Strategic Briefing (2018)

Estimates are that between 40 to 60 percent of parents with a learning disability do not live with their children. This publication provides an overview of the available evidence in relation to ‘what works’ in working with parents who have a learning disability, including case study examples of good practice.

The briefing aims to enable strategic leaders to:

  • understand the practice tensions in this area
  • become familiar with the key research
  • gain a greater understanding as to what will best support parents who have a learning disability.

Aimed at: Local authority strategic leaders and decision-makers. It will also be of interest to frontline managers and their staff.

Number of pages: 32

Product code: JT-SBT-001

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