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Working effectively with men in families – including fathers in children's social care: Frontline Briefing (2017)

frontline resources Published: Jul 2017

Working effectively with men in families – including fathers in children's social care: Frontline Briefing (2017)

This briefing focuses on including and working with fathers where children’s welfare or safety is a concern, and the practice issues raised by domestic abuse.

In particular, it reflects on practice messages from research in relation to three inter-related areas:

  • Early intervention
  • Family support
  • Child protection

The briefing should be read alongside the accompanying Frontline Tool: Working effectively with men in families – practice pointers for including fathers in children’s social care – where suggestions for practice are set out more extensively.

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

Number of pages: 20
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Product code: CH-FBR-010

Working effectively with men in families – practice pointers for including fathers in children's social care: Frontline Tool (2017)

frontline resources Published: Jul 2017

Working effectively with men in families – practice pointers for including fathers in children's social care: Frontline Tool (2017)

'Fathers in child protection are rarely either "all bad" or "all good". Fathers are important to children, and (like mothers) most present a combination of positive and negative factors. Men and social workers need to recognise and work with this so that, wherever possible, children can stay safe and be involved with their fathers.' (Brandon et al, 2017)

This tool sets out key practice pointers to help include fathers in children’s social care and should be read alongside the accompanying Frontline Briefing: Working effectively with men in families – including fathers in children’s social care.

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

Number of pages: 12
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Product code: CH-FBT-017

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) – identifying and responding in practice with families: Frontline Briefing (2017)

frontline resources Published: Jul 2017

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) – identifying and responding in practice with families: Frontline Briefing (2017)

Exposure to alcohol before birth can lead to development of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs), the most important preventable cause of brain damage in children. Effects range from disabilities to damage which increases the risk of violent and criminal behaviour in later life. Many children, including those in care, are given multiple inaccurate diagnoses.

There is an urgent need to recognise prenatal alcohol exposure at an early stage and to develop pathways for diagnosis, assessment and support. This briefing introduces practitioners working with children and families to key research and practice surrounding FASDs, including:

  • What constitutes a dangerous level of alcohol intake during pregnancy.
  • The impact on the fetus, child and family at different stages of development.
  • How to identify and respond to FASDs, including appropriate referral.
  • Guidance on prevention and management.

Aimed at: Early help, targeted support and statutory services with children and families.

Number of pages: 20
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Product code: CH-FBT-010

Note on terminology: After much discussion with the author and peer reviewers we have used the spelling ‘fetal’ rather than ‘foetal’ throughout this publication. Fetal is the internationally agreed (including by the UK) diagnostic term used by those working within this field.

Comparing placement options to meet children and young people's current and future needs: Strategic Briefing (2017)

strategic briefings Published: Jul 2017

Comparing placement options to meet children and young people's current and future needs: Strategic Briefing (2017)

This briefing sets out key messages from an evidence review commissioned and published by the Department for Education in March 2017, which aimed to provide judicial and local authority decision-makers with an independent summary of relevant research evidence that focuses on comparative outcomes of different placement options.

The review brought together an accessible summary of key research findings on two themes:

  • The impacts of abuse and neglect on children.
  • The strengths and weaknesses of different types of long-term placements in relation to their impact on children.

This briefing focuses on the second of these themes to help leaders and decision-makers think about how they can influence and organise local policy development and services to meet the current and future needs of children and young people.

Aimed at: Local authority strategic leaders and decision-makers, though it will also be of interest to frontline managers and their staff in local authority Children's Services.

Number of pages: 16
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Public Law Outline: Mapping Resource (open access)

practice tools and guides Published: Jul 2017

Public Law Outline: Mapping Resource (open access)

This learning resources map has been developed to support professionals working with families, legal teams and in the family court. The map is primarily aimed at those preparing and presenting evidence for court, and focuses on robust pre-proceedings work and the quality of written evidence including assessment and care planning.

The quality of court work has been the focus of the Family Justice Review, Knowledge and Skills Statement and other policy initiatives and has been highlighted as an important contributor to achieve the 26-week target for care cases and the best outcomes for children.

Existing Research in Practice resources are highlighted within the resource to help professionals develop analytical skills and use research effectively to support decision-making.

Aimed at: Children’s guardians, lawyers acting for the local authority, IROs, case progression managers, social work managers, social workers preparing and presenting evidence in court.

View the Mapping Resource.

Workforce perspectives on harmful sexual behaviour: Research Report (open access)

evidence scopes Published: Jul 2017

Workforce perspectives on harmful sexual behaviour: Research Report (open access)

This open access report, published in partnership with the National Children’s Bureau, outlines findings from a national survey of over 500 professionals combined with local research. This is the seventh research project undertaken by the Local Authorities Research Consortium (LARC).

The report examines the current knowledge, skills and confidence of the children’s workforce in relation to working with children and young people who are displaying Harmful Sexual Behaviour (HSB). It highlights some of the challenges, what works well to develop capabilities, and what further support may be needed.

Aimed at: Managers across the multi-agency partnership, in particular those with a role in workforce development.

This PDF download is an open access resource.

Research in Practice resources 2016-17

delivery programme Published: Jun 2017

Research in Practice resources 2016-17

RiP

Our Work 2016-17

The Research in Practice Our Work 2016-17 resource reviews our year in practice.

It contains an overview of key themes we have focused on from April 2016 – March 2017, as well as links to relevant learning materials including publications, workshops, webinars, research and policy updates, legal summaries and blogs. It also details bespoke projects we have worked on and other support available for our 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.

Neglect: Mapping Resource (open access)

delivery programme Published: May 2017

Neglect: Mapping Resource (open access)

Ofsted have announced a series of 2017 joint targeted inspections, with a focus on the effectiveness of local area, multi-agency interventions for children between 7 and 15 years old who have experienced, or are at risk of, neglect.

This selection of resources is intended to support the sector to build evidence-informed learning and development pathways in relation to child neglect. We welcome enquiries on building practice development programmes focused on this issue. Please contact ask@rip.org.uk for further information.

Aimed at: Leaders, managers and practitioners in Children's Services; practitioners engaged in direct work with children, young people and families, across the multi-agency safeguarding workforce.

This PDF download is an open access resource.

Reflective supervision: Resource Pack (2017)

practice tools and guides Published: Apr 2017

Reflective supervision: Resource Pack (2017)

Good reflective supervision facilitates safe practice with children and families.

This package of resources provides a summary of research evidence on reflective supervision alongside learning from practice, and tools to use in one to one and group supervision sessions.

The tools have been designed to support:
• Contracting
• Running group supervision
• Audit
• Critical thinking and analysis
• Emotional resilience
• Recording



These resources are the outputs of a Research in Practice Change Project.

Aimed at: Staff with supervisory responsibilities across early help, targeted support and statutory services with children and families.

Devolution and its implications for leaders of child and family services: Leaders' Briefing (2017)

leaders briefings Published: Apr 2017

Devolution and its implications for leaders of child and family services: Leaders' Briefing (2017)

Devolution provides the opportunity for doing things differently and thinking creatively about how services can work together. However, implementation also brings its challenges.

This briefing explores the issues raised at the joint RiP and RiPfA Leaders' Forum in June 2016, which provided an opportunity for leaders to reflect on their role within the devolution agenda and consider the implications for children's and adult social care.

Aimed at: Directors, Assistant Directors and strategic managers.

Number of pages: 20
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Product code: CH-LBR-007

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