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Reconceptualising parental non-engagement in child protection: Frontline Briefing (2020)

frontline resources Published: Feb 2020

Reconceptualising parental non-engagement in child protection: Frontline Briefing (2020)

This briefing builds on findings from Broadhurst et al’s (2017) research on vulnerable birth mothers in recurrent care proceedings. It makes the case for reconceptualising parental ‘non-engagement’ with services - proposing that an understanding of how some parents’ experiences of adversity and trauma in their own childhood can help to understand why they may find service engagement difficult.

Designed for: Child and family social workers and their managers.

Number of pages: 24

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Product code: CH-FBR-018

Brothers and sisters in public law proceedings - assessment, placement, permanence and contact: Frontline Briefing (2020)

frontline resources Published: Feb 2020

Brothers and sisters in public law proceedings - assessment, placement, permanence and contact: Frontline Briefing (2020)

This briefing considers the law and the role of social workers in the assessment of, and decision-making about, brothers and sisters involved in public law proceedings across five sections:

1. What are the issues?

2. Who is a sibling?

3. Assessing sibling relationships

4. Children in care: Ongoing relationships with brothers and sisters

5. Relationships with birth siblings post-adoption

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

Number of pages: 20

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Product code: CH-FBR-019

Assessing and supporting family and friends care: Practice Tool (2020)

practice tools and guides Published: Feb 2020

Assessing and supporting family and friends care: Practice Tool (2020)

The aim of this resource is to assist practitioners when assessing the strengths and weaknesses of prospective placements with family and friends (sometimes known as kinship care) and when identifying what assistance families might need to provide a safe and effective long-term home for a child.

Practitioners might use the resource in the context of, for instance, decisions about prospective placements with relatives and friends under an Interim Care Order or Care Order, or Special Guardianship Order (SGO) or in relation to voluntary accommodation under Section 20.

Designed for: Child and family social workers and their managers.

Number of pages: 20

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Product code: CH-PTL-010

Developing trauma-informed practices in inner London schools - the iTIPS Pilot (2020)

frontline resources Published: Feb 2020

Developing trauma-informed practices in inner London schools - the iTIPS Pilot (2020)

During 2017-8, five Islington primary schools, the pupil referral unit (PRU), local authority and NHS, working in partnership, implemented a pilot aiming to embed trauma-informed practice in schools. The pilot – termed iTIPS (Islington trauma-informed practices in schools) - was one response to rising concern about many of Islington’s most vulnerable young people at risk, of and from, violence.

This resource, produced in partnership with iTIPS, explores the iTIPS approach - its findings, challenges and next steps. Research in Practice is especially grateful to Helen Cameron, Vicki Maybin and Jason Strelitz for their help with putting together this open access resource.

For more information about the iTIPS project visit www.islingtoncs.org/itips or contact Helen Cameron - Helen.Cameron@islington.gov.uk.

Designed for: Social workers, family support workers, and team managers in direct practice with children, young people and families. Also for the wider workforce, including those in education. 

Forced marriage - recognition and response: Frontline Briefing (2019)

frontline resources Published: Aug 2019

Forced marriage - recognition and response: Frontline Briefing (2019)

This briefing aims to build confident social work and family support practice to recognise, prevent and intervene in forced marriage involving children and young people. It’s comprised of seven sections:

  • Introduction and context.
  • Differences between a forced and arranged marriage.
  • Characteristics of honour-based abuse.
  • Potential warning signs and indicators of forced marriage and honour-based abuse.
  • Responding to cases of forced marriage.
  • Forced Marriage Protection Orders.
  • Resources for practitioners, victims and survivors.


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

Number of pages: 28

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Product code: CH-FBR-017

Understanding self-harm among children and adolescents: Frontline Briefing (2019)

frontline resources Published: Aug 2019

Understanding self-harm among children and adolescents: Frontline Briefing (2019)

The aim of this briefing is to increase understanding of self-harm – what it is, why it happens, what it means, and how to respond to and support children, young people and their families.

Given the extensive literature on self-harm, it provides a broad introduction to the topic, while the complementary resource – Responding to self-harm among children and adolescents: Suggestions for practice – offers practical strategies and techniques to help frontline staff respond more effectively to those affected by self-harm.

Designed for: Social workers, family support workers, and team managers in direct practice with children, young people and families. Also for the wider workforce, including those in education.

Number of pages: 16

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Product code: CH-FBR-016

Positive mental health and wellbeing in children and young people: Suggestions for practice (2019)

practice tools and guides Published: Aug 2019

Positive mental health and wellbeing in children and young people: Suggestions for practice (2019)

This resource aims to help those working with children and young people to:

  • Develop the skills needed to identify mental health needs.
  • Recognise areas of strength and resilience in young People and parents.
  • Provide support through direct work with families.

The approach adopted is informed by the theory and practice of mentalisation, along with other types of effective help such as social support, problem-solving and guided self-help.

Designed for: Social workers, family support workers, and team managers in direct practice with children, young people and families. Also for the wider workforce, including those in education.

Number of pages: 40

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Product code: CH-PTL-008

Responding to self-harm among children and adolescents: Suggestions for practice (2019)

practice tools and guides Published: Aug 2019

Responding to self-harm among children and adolescents: Suggestions for practice (2019)

This resource complements the Understanding self-harm among children and adolescents: Frontline Briefing and is designed to support practitioners in their everyday practice to use research evidence in relation to self-harm.

The four core sections address:

  • What is meant by self-harm, as well as signs of, and risk factors associated with, self-harm.
  • Reasons why young people self-harm and links between suicide and self-harm.
  • How to respond to disclosures of self-harm and engage with young people, including assessments.
  • Guidance on multi-agency working, including working with children and young people’s mental health services.

Designed for: Social workers, family support workers, and team managers in direct practice with children, young people and families. Also for the wider workforce, including those in education.

Number of pages: 28

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Product code: CH-PTL-009

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)

This resource is available to purchase in hard copy format here.

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

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