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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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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
Safeguarding in the 21st century - where to now: Research Review (2010)

Published: 2010

Safeguarding in the 21st century - where to now: Research Review (2010)

This research review is essential reading for those leading work to safeguard children and young people.

It sets out a model of safeguarding for the 21st century looking at how safeguarding has changed, assessment of families, effective interventions and integrated working. It includes detailed recommendations at strategic, operational and practitioner level.

Number of pages: 134
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Printed copy: CH-RRV-013
Safeguarding in the 21st century: Signpost summary

Published: 2010

Safeguarding in the 21st century: Signpost summary

This summary of the research review, Safeguarding in the 21st century - where to now includes the key findings and recommendations on assessment, interventions such as relationship-based practice and supporting parenting, and ways of working to support more effective safeguarding.

Total number of pages: 4
Product code: CH-SPT-006
Analysis and critical thinking: literature review: Literature Review (2009)

Published: 2009

Analysis and critical thinking: literature review: Literature Review (2009)

This literature review draws together ideas from current literature and research about assessment and the kind of thinking that is needed to support this central dimension of practice.

It highlights the role of analysis and looks more broadly at the different elements that combine to produce the skilled reasoning required by work with children, young people and families.

Number of pages: 17
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