2009

RPU 107 December 2009

Highlights this month include:

  • a comparative study of inter-professional working in Sweden and England
  • the final report of the Social Work Taskforce
  • and our annual round-ups of research and policy developments.

RPU 106 November 2009

 

Welcome to the latest issue of the Research and Policy Update. Highlights this month include:

  • reviews of two new books – one on leadership, and a psychoanalytic perspective on the emotional experience of adoption
  • a survey of social workers’ experiences of post-qualifying child care training and their current work practices
  • the final report of the independent three-year Cambridge Primary Review of the condition and future of primary education in England
  • public health guidance on the promotion of the social and emotional well-being of young people in secondary education.

RPU 105 October 2009

Welcome to the latest issue of the Research and Policy Update. Highlights this month include:

  • a review of the effectiveness of parent training interventions to improve problem behaviour among disabled children
  • newly commissioned research projects, including best practice in placing large sibling groups for adoption, a Family Drug and Alcohol Court system, and behavioural approaches to sleep and behaviour problems among disabled children
  • a consultation on the revised National Minimum Standards for adoption, children’s homes and fostering
  • and a new online toolkit launched as part of the government’s Think Family approach to supporting families at risk. 

RPU 104 September 2009

Welcome to the latest issue of the Research and Policy Update. Highlights this month include:

  • an evaluation of the Integrated Children’s System that raises serious questions about its fitness for purpose
  • a reflective paper on the effective delivery of evidence-informed practice
  • an opportunity to comment on the Children’s Workforce Development Council’s (CWDC) draft statement on the role and tasks of social work
  • an opportunity to inform the thinking of the Social Work Task Force on the functions and form that a new National College for Social Work might take
  • following publication of Lord Laming’s progress report The Protection of Children in England earlier this year, a consultation on the revised statutory guidance on serious case reviews.

RPU 103 August 2009

Welcome to the latest issue of the Research and Policy Update. Highlights this month include:

  • a review of Quality Matters in Children's Services – the latest in the series of 'messages from research' summaries that began more than 20 years ago
  • an invaluable new book on Work Discussion and its importance in working with hurt children and families
  • a select committee report on the training of child and family social workers
  • the interim report of the Social Work Task Force.

RPU 102 July 2009

Welcome to the latest issue of the Research and Policy Update. Highlights this month include:

  • a valuable critique on NICE guidelines on parenting programmes for parents of children with conduct disorder
  • a summary of the evidence on early childhood development, which should help those seeking funding for evidence-informed parenting programmes
  • an opportunity to comment on the government’s draft legislative programme
  • a select committee report on the balance of power between central and local government
  • the new schools white paper Your Child, Your Schools, Our Future.

RPU 101 June 2009

Welcome to the latest issue of the Research and Policy Update. Highlights this month include:

  • a study from Australia on a crucial aspect of the child protection system: the relationship between front-line practitioners and their first-line managers
  • a small but important study on supporting the participation of disabled children and young people in decision making
  • the government’s full response to Lord Laming’s report
  • the first report of the Social Work Task Force
  • an MPs’ report on human trafficking in the UK.

RPU 100 May 2009

Welcome to this centenary issue of the Research and Policy Update. Highlights this month include:

  • new books – on children and violence, on the costs and consequences of placing children in care, and on adoptive parenting, as well as a unique collection of more than 100 children’s personal accounts of adoption
  • a consultation from the Children’s Workforce Development Council on the youth workforce reform programme
  • and the Children, Schools and Families Select Committee’s report of its 16-month inquiry into looked after children.

RPU 99 April 2009

Highlights in this month's RPU include:

  • two research articles based on studies carried out in Wales
  • some Australian research exploring the role of teachers and the school environment in improving outcomes for children in foster care
  • a brief summary of Lord Laming's progress report on child protection in England
  • a link to an online toolkit to help support the effective commissioning of parenting programmes produced by the National Academy of Parenting Practitioners

RPU 98 March 2009

Highlights in this month's RPU include:

  • a summary of the Apprenticeships, Skills and Children and Learning Bill
  • a consultation for Ending Child Poverty: Making it happen
  • the new joint strategy from the Department of Health and the Department for Children, Schools and Families which sets of the government's long term vision for the health and well-being of all children and young people.

RPU 97 February 2009

This Special Edition of the RPU in which the research update focuses specifically on the subject of child maltreatment.

Other highlights in this month's RPU include:
  • an invitation to social care workers, by the Children's Workforce Development Council, to help shape standards in residential child and social care and foster care
  • a summary outline of the new NHS Constitution
  • an outline of the membership and remit of the new Social Work Taskforce

RPU 96 January 2009

Highlights this month include:

  • research exploring the role of schools in providing comprehensive CAMH services
  • a summary of parliamentary bills relating to children and young people made in the Queen's Speech on 3 December
  • consultation for the 2020 Children and Young People's Workforce Strategy