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Research reviews and summaries

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(Including Evidence Reviews and Literature Reviews)
These resources bring together knowledge on key topics, practice areas and research issues identified by practitioners, planners and policy makers – as well as evaluating the findings and implications.

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Edge of Care Cost Calculator: Change Project Report

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

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

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

21st century social work with children and young people with disabilities: Evidence Review (2018)

Published: Apr 2018

21st century social work with children and young people with disabilities: Evidence Review (2018)

The Review examines practice, policy and research evidence. The authors are experts, from a range of backgrounds and professions, who share a passion and abiding commitment to working with and for disabled children, young people and their families.

We are delighted to publish this review, focusing on an often overlooked area of social work practice, which brings together learning from research, policy and practice on working with disabled children, young people and their families.

The five chapters explore:

  • Messages from Innovation Programme projects.
  • Participation and co-production with disabled children and young people.
  • Transition to adulthood.
  • Safeguarding and child protection of disabled children and young people.
  • A case study on working together for disabled children in Birmingham.

Aimed at: Strategic leaders; social work managers and practitioners working to support children and young people with SEND and/or disabilities.

Number of pages: 104

Product code: CH-EVR-002

Voice of the child: Evidence Review (2015)

Published: Dec 2015

Voice of the child: Evidence Review (2015)

The lived experiences of children, young people and families are a core element of the evidence that must inform our work, alongside research and practice expertise. Research demonstrates how vital it is to build upon meaningful direct engagement in case work to involve children and young people in decision-making and service design. The chapters in this review engage with the challenges and opportunities for building rights-based and relationship-based provision with children and young people.

Aimed at: Policymakers and senior colleagues across the children’s sector, as well as researchers and lobbyists.

Number of pages: 116
Preview available.
Product code: CH-EVR-001

Special guardianship – qualitative case file analysis: Research Report

Published: Nov 2015

Special guardianship – qualitative case file analysis: Research Report

Special Guardianship Orders were introduced in 2005 as a legal pathway to permanence for children, often within the extended family network. The aim of this study was to further explore the impact on SGO use of the introduction of the 26 week time limit for standard care cases under the Public Law Outline (Children and Families Act 2014).

The findings presented here provide a rich picture of SGO use in these particular cases in the selected LAs. When considered in conjunction with other research, they provide further information about how SGOs are being used in practice and the complexity of LA decision-making in relation to this.

Analysis and critical thinking in assessment: Literature review (2014)

Published: Jul 2014

Analysis and critical thinking in assessment: Literature review (2014)

Analysis and critical thinking are central to good practice in children’s services, whether assessing if a child has additional needs or proceeding with a complex child protection inquiry. The literature review examines analytical, critical and reflective thinking and writing in assessment, which is vital not only in social work but across a range of disciplines that work together to achieve the best possible outcomes for children, young people and their families.

Number of pages: 24
Preview available.
Product code: CH-LTR-002

Children and young people with harmful sexual behaviours: Research Review (2014)

Published: Jun 2014

Children and young people with harmful sexual behaviours: Research Review (2014)

This review on children and young people with harmful sexual behaviours deals with an issue that presents significant challenge to the sector. The findings of the review provide much needed evidence on what we know about effective interventions and the core elements of a good service response.

This review will be of particular value for those involved in commissioning and designing services; for anyone working in social care, health, education and criminal justice; and for those involved in professional training and development.

An open access download of the executive summary of this review is available.

Number of pages: 148
Preview available.
Product code: CH-RRV-015

Children and young people with harmful sexual behaviours: Executive Summary (2014)

Published: Mar 2014

Children and young people with harmful sexual behaviours: Executive Summary (2014)

This executive summary of the full Research Review, published May 2014, is concerned with children and young people who commit acts of sexual abuse or who harm others as a result of their sexual behaviours.

Number of pages: 8
Preview available.
Product code: CH-EXS-001

Children Experiencing Domestic Violence: A Research Review

Published: 2011

Children Experiencing Domestic Violence: A Research Review

This research review explores the research and evidence around children’s experience of domestic violence and the role of multiagency service responses and interventions.

It includes findings on prevalence and patterns of abuse, effects on children’s development, and the interaction with parenting and children’s health and well-being, as well as looking at violence in young people’s intimate relationships.

Number of pages: 154
Preview available.
Product code: CH-RRV-014

Children Experiencing Domestic Violence: Signpost summary

Published: 2011

Children Experiencing Domestic Violence: Signpost summary

This summarises the key findings of the research review, Children Experiencing Domestic Violence: A Research Review (Stanley 2011).

It includes research and evidence around prevalence, effects on children’s development, the interaction with parenting and children’s health and well-being, and developing a responsive service.

Number of pages: 4
Product code: CH-SPT-007

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