RPU 119 December 2010

Highlights this month include

  • Before care: A report of children’s views on entering care by the Children’s Rights Director for
  • England (2010) London: Ofsted
  • A Review of Reviews in Child and Adolescent Mental Health
  • The Breaks for Carers of Disabled Children Regulations 201
  • Grandparents (Access Rights) Bill
  • Public Bodies Bill
  • Public Services (Social Enterprise and Social Value) Bill
  • Reform of Public Services
  • The Audit and Inspection of Local Authorities
  • Supporting a Stronger Civil Society
  • Arrangements for Placement of Children by Voluntary Organisations and Others (England)
  • Regulations 2011
  • Measuring National Well-being
  • Cafcass’s Response to Increased Demand for its Services
  • College of Social Work: Consultation findings
  • A New Secret Garden: Alternative provision, exclusion and children’s rights
  • Progress with VFM Savings and Lessons for Cost-reduction Programmes
  • State of Children’s Rights in England 2010
  • Children’s Workforce Development Council
  • Equalities Act 2010: Socioeconomic duty
  • Mutuals Information Service
  • Better Together: Preparing for spending cuts to the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector
  • Improving Outcomes for Children and Young People through Partnership in Children’s Trusts

RPU 118 November 2010

Highlights this month include:

  • an analysis of serious case reviews from 2007 to 2009
  • an interim report and evaluation of the Right 2Bcared4 pilots
  • a call for evidence to inform Graham Allen’s independent review into early intervention
  • new public health guidance from NICE and SCIE on improving the quality of life of looked after children and young people.

RPU 117 October 2010

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

  • recent research on the topic of child maltreatment and an interesting analysis of how the therapeutic relationship affects outcomes for children and families
  • an ‘engagement paper’ designed to stimulate thinking on how the government’s plans for the NHS could improve services for children and young people
  • Ofsted’s review of special educational needs (SEN) and disability arrangements, and a consultation inviting views to inform the forthcoming green paper on SEN.

RPU 116 September 2010


Highlights this month include:

  • Eileen Munro on 'Learning to Reduce Risk in Child Protection'
  • Graham Allen and Ian Duncan Smith on early intervention
  • a consultation on proposed revisions to regulations governing fostering services, children’s homes, and adoption and fostering panels
  • a raft of newly launched select committee inquiries, including inquiries into Ofsted, NHS commissioning, health expenditure, and behaviour and discipline in schools.

RPU 115 August 2010

Highlights this month include:

  • a review of a new book setting out a vision for a 21st century model of safeguarding
  • a new book on international advances in adoption research
  • calls for evidence to inform the Family Justice Review, the Review on Poverty and Life Chances, and a review of the office of the Children’s Commissioner
  • consultations arising from publication of the NHS white paper.

RPU 114 July 2010

Highlights this month include:

  • a report on the preliminary findings from the first year of the national evaluation of Targeted Mental Health in Schools (TaMHS)
  • a qualitative study exploring the perspectives of young women from two different cultures who have experienced repeat teenage pregnancies
  • an expert briefing on knowledge-based practice in complex child protection cases.

RPU 113 June 2010

Highlights this month include:

  • a review of the Local Authorities Research Consortium (LARC2) study that explored the processes around the Common Assessment Framework and integrated working
  • a research study that draws attention to the problems caused by poor systems design in relation to the performance of initial assessments>/li>
  • the coalition government’s agreed programme for the next five years and details of the proposed bills in the Queen’s speech
  • an online consultation on the structure of the College of Social Work.

RPU 112 May 2010

Highlights this month include:

  • a succinct overview of the policy and practice implications from the English and Romanian Adoptees (ERA) Study
  • a research review that focuses on 'what works' in preventing emotional maltreatment
  • a paper setting out the proposed purpose and functions of the College of Social Work, in advance of formal consultation starting later this month
  • new select committee reports on young people who are NEET, the government’s approach to crime prevention and NHS commissioning.

RPU 111 April 2010

Highlights this month include:

  • an article that considers the impact of religious beliefs on parenting capacity
  • a survey of the drivers for change behind child care legislation over the last 60 years
  • consultation on a new statutory framework for family and friends care
  • and the government’s implementation plans for social work reform.

RPU 110 March 2010

Highlights this month include:

  • a study that aims to improve understanding of recurrent poverty
  • details of newly commissioned research studies and work in progress, including a project intended to lead to the development of practice guidance on the effective fostering of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children
  • a DCSF consultation on draft guidance on the transition to adulthood for looked after children
  • and a consultation on draft public health guidance (developed jointly by NICE and SCIE) on improving the physical health, and emotional health and well-being of looked after children.

RPU 109 February 2010

Highlights this month include:

  • a small qualitative study of the power relationship between child welfare practitioners and parents in the US
  • a systematic review of five bullying studies that considers varying definitions of bullying and argues schools would better serve their pupils by developing an anti-bullying policy based on their own students’ definition
  • the government’s green paper on families and relationships, which includes six consultation questions intended to help the government shape the next phase of family policy.

RPU 108 January 2010

Highlights this month include:

  • a research study on adoption and the inter-agency fee
  • a study that sought to track the impact of the Children’s Trust Pathfinders
  • a comparative essay that looks at models of education and professional roles for social work in England and five other European countries
  • a consultation on the revised statutory guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children.