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Edge of Care Cost Calculator: Change Project Report

research reviews and summaries Published: Dec 2018

Edge of Care Cost Calculator: Change Project Report

In 2017 a Research in Practice Change Project, conducted with Partners from 19 local authorities in England, explored the development of a tool for calculating the financial costs of delivering services for young people who are on the ‘edge of care’.

Over the course of the project, local authority participants highlighted the diversity of approaches being taken to support young people deemed to be on the edge of care and informed our thinking on how a cost calculator tool might function effectively across such a variety of service activity. This report aims to capture the learning from the project and make recommendations.

Aimed at: Service, finance and performance managers and those responsible for commissioning services, including Lead Members, councillors and Directors of Children’s Services.

Number of pages: 20

Social media, digital professionalism and CPD: Strategic Briefing (2018)

strategic briefings Published: Dec 2018

Social media, digital professionalism and CPD: Strategic Briefing (2018)

Understanding social work professional identity in the context of digital and online social engagement is a developing field that is emerging alongside technologies that are becoming increasingly embedded in our lives. This briefing offers ideas and suggestions to help:

  • Social work managers think about organisational approaches to digital professionalism in their workforce.
  • Practitioners when creating or maintaining social media accounts and an online identity and presence.

Aimed at: Strategic and practice leads, service managers, heads of service, team managers in children’s and youth services.

Number of pages: 28

Product code: CH SBR 014

Leading strengths-based practice frameworks: Strategic Briefing (2018)

strategic briefings Published: Dec 2018

Leading strengths-based practice frameworks: Strategic Briefing (2018)

The purpose of this briefing is to explore how leadership activity and organisational cultures and structures affect the ability of practitioners to adopt and use strengths-based approaches. It provides an introduction to the theoretical underpinning and practical application of strengths-based approaches, explores messages from research and highlights issues leaders need to consider in relation to:

  • How organisational culture and climate affect practice.
  • Implementing changes and the adoption of new approaches.
  • Sustaining change through ongoing learning and development.

Aimed at: Strategic and practice leads, service managers, heads of service, team managers in children’s and youth services.

Number of pages: 28

Product code: CH SBR 015

Defragmenting CAMHS - commissioning the children and young people’s mental health system: Strategic Briefing (2018)

strategic briefings Published: Dec 2018

Defragmenting CAMHS - commissioning the children and young people’s mental health system: Strategic Briefing (2018)

This briefing, developed in partnership with NHS Clinical Commissioners, is aimed at those involved in the commissioning of mental health services and support for children and young people.

At a time of renewed government focus on children’s mental health and wellbeing, the new commissioning landscape offers opportunities to move towards sustainable change. By utilising new service models such as integrated care systems and engaging local partners in collaborative place-based commissioning, commissioners can take a strategic approach to driving change across the children and young people’s mental health system.

Aimed at: Strategic and practice leads, service managers, heads of service, team managers in children’s and youth services.

Number of pages: 24

Product code: CH SBR 016

Coercive control: Impacts on children and young people in the family environment: Literature Review (2018)

research reviews and summaries Published: Dec 2018

Coercive control: Impacts on children and young people in the family environment: Literature Review (2018)

It is recognised that coercive control is a key feature of abusive relationships. It is therefore essential that the conceptualisation of coercive control and the impact it has on the whole family is recognised and understood.

This review, written by SafeLives – a national charity dedicated to ending domestic abuse for good – is concerned in particular with coercive and controlling behaviour within the context of public and private law proceedings. It includes three main sections:

  • About domestic abuse and coercive and controlling behaviour.
  • The impact of coercive and controlling behaviour on the family.
  • Coercive and controlling behaviour, child contact and court.


Aimed at: All social care practitioners, commissioners and anyone working in this field who wants to understand the broader picture.

Number of pages: 56

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.  

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