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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 015

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

 

Evidence in the commissioning process and Strategic partnerships with the voluntary sector: Executive Summary (2019)

strategic briefings Published: May 2019

Evidence in the commissioning process and Strategic partnerships with the voluntary sector: Executive Summary (2019)

This publication provides key messages for commissioners of services for children and families on two important aspects of the commissioning role: using evidence and developing effective relationships with providers.  The report combines the output of two research projects with local authority commissioners and the voluntary sector.

 

Designed for: Commissioning teams

Number of pages: 6

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

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