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Siblings in public law proceedings: Assessment, placement, contact, permanence

upcoming publications Published: Jul 2019

Siblings in public law proceedings: Assessment, placement, contact, permanence

Drawing on their Nuffield Foundation funded research on Siblings, contact and the law, Daniel Monk and Jan Macvarish co-author an accessible summary of their findings, designed to support evidence-informed social work practice in the family court.

Designed for: Frontline practitioners and team managers working in the family justice system.

Self-harm: Children and young people’s experiences and how practitioners can help

upcoming publications Published: Jul 2019

Self-harm: Children and young people’s experiences and how practitioners can help

Confident practice with children and young people who self-harm can be hampered by misunderstandings and misconceptions, which may lead to barriers in providing timely support. This tool aims to build practitioners’ knowledge, building on children and young people’s relationships, their community and local practice systems. It summarises evidence on recognition, effective practical strategies and interventions.

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

Forced marriage: Recognition and response

upcoming publications Published: Jul 2019

Forced marriage: Recognition and response

Forced marriage is recognised in England as a form of domestic or child abuse, an abuse of human rights and criminal offence. Survivor, campaigner and founder of Karma Nirvana, Jasvinder Sanghera CBE, authors this briefing, which aims to build confident social work and family support practice to recognise, prevent and intervene to protect children and young people from forced marriage.

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

Fabricated or induced illness: Supporting multi-agency working

upcoming publications Published: Jul 2019

Fabricated or induced illness: Supporting multi-agency working

Cases of fabricated or induced illness where a child is or is likely to be at risk of harm require a multi-agency, well-coordinated response. This briefing reviews evidence from research and practice to support professionals to gather and critically analyse relevant information from all professionals involved, conduct a sound assessment of need and make safeguarding decisions.

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

Leading Children’s Trusts

upcoming publications Published: Jul 2019

Leading Children’s Trusts

This briefing explores the nature of leadership in the context of 'alternative delivery vehicles' such as independent trusts. There may be distinctive leadership demands involved in establishing alternative models, inviting leaders to pay particular attention to personal values and purpose.

Designed for: Leaders of child and family services including Lead Members, Chief Executives, Directors and Safeguarding Board Leads.

Working with recurrent care-experienced birth mothers: Resource Pack (2019)

practice tools and guides Published: May 2019

Working with recurrent care-experienced birth mothers: Resource Pack (2019)

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.

Number of pages: 52

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Neglect in the context of poverty and austerity: Frontline Briefing (2019)

frontline resources Published: May 2019

Neglect in the context of poverty and austerity: Frontline Briefing (2019)

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

Number of pages: 16

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Product code: CH-FBR-015

Safeguarding and exploitation - complex, contextual and holistic approaches: Strategic Briefing (2019)

strategic briefings Published: May 2019

Safeguarding and exploitation - complex, contextual and holistic approaches: Strategic Briefing (2019)

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.

Number of pages: 32

Product code: CH SBR 017

Evidence in the commissioning process: Insights from focus groups with local authority commissioners (2019)

strategic briefings Published: May 2019

Evidence in the commissioning process: Insights from focus groups with local authority commissioners (2019)

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

Number of pages: 17

Strategic partnerships with the voluntary sector: Messages from research and practice (2019)

strategic briefings Published: May 2019

Strategic partnerships with the voluntary sector: Messages from research and practice (2019)

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

Number of pages: 67

 

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