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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

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

 

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

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