2013

RPU 154 December 2013

This month’s research articles focus on refugee children and young people. In this issue, you can find out about:

  • Findings from interviews with Social Workers and Police Officers involved in safeguarding work with migrant children
  • Hospitality and family practices in fostering unaccompanied refugee young people
  • Relationship-based practice to support the psychosocial well-being of separated refugee children
  • A review of support available for trafficked children by the Children’s Society.

RPU 153 November 2013

This month’s research articles cover a wide range of topics. In this issue, you can find out about:

  • Children, young people’s and parents’ views on birth family contact
  • What research tells us about the disclosure of child sexual abuse
  • Research on women who experience successive, compulsory removal of their children
  • Family involvement in Serious Case Reviews.

RPU 152 October 2013

This month’s research articles focus on supervision, training and continuing professional development. In this issue, you can find out about:

  • A model of interactive supervision, implemented in one authority’s children’s services based on a relationship centred approach;
  • Findings from research with NQSWs on the frequency, content, purpose and impact of supervision;
  • A study looking at the link between emotional exhaustion and job satisfaction with a group of frontline workers;
  • Research with social work students on what helped them to become better communicators with children.

RPU 151 September 2013

This month’s research articles focus on attachment. In this issue, you can find out about:

  • A qualitative study on the views and use of touch in Scottish residential children homes;
  • A training programme for foster carers using play to build more secure attachment and relationships with looked after children;
  • A study exploring how views of attachment influence placement policy and practice for children placed away from home;
  • A study examining the effectiveness of a short-term targeted attachment based intervention designed to promote sensitive care-giving in foster mothers.

RPU 150 July 2013

This month’s research articles focus on Parental Substance Misuse (PSM). In this issue, you can find out about:

  • Findings from a groundbreaking national survey of social work and social care professionals in methods to identify and assess substance use.
  • Research into parental accounts of parenting and substance misuse in child protection contexts.
  • Findings on how well prepared NQSWs feel in working with substance misuse issues.
  • An evaluation of the Moving Parents and Children Together programme which supports families affected by parental substance misuse.

RPU 149 June 2013

This month’s research articles focus on domestic violence. The Adoption and Children Act 2002 amended the Children Act 1989 by expanding the definition of "harm" to include witnessing domestic violence. There is widespread acceptance that domestic violence is a child protection matter.

In this issue, you can find out about:

  • Research exploring the relationship between animal cruelty and child protection;
  • Highlights from NSPCC’s recent report on domestic violence, child contact and post-separation violence for South Asian and African-Caribbean women and children;
  • Research on the impact of DV on mother-child relationships and the implications for agency responses;
  • Research on how practice around men as perpetrators of domestic violence and fathers is currently framed and undertaken.

RPU 148 May 2013

This month’s research articles focus on neglect. Despite child neglect being the most frequently reported form of child maltreatment, there has been until recently relatively little UK research on the subject. In this issue, you can find out about:

  • Research into the impact of childhood maltreatment on parenting capacities.
  • How Blackburn with Darwen have been using Graded Care Profiles to work with families where neglect is present.
  • The role of social services in building resilience after maltreatment.
  • Findings from a five year follow up study about what contributes to outcomes for neglected children who are reunified with their parents.

RPU 147 April 2013

Research articles have been specially chosen this month to focus on foster carers. Articles include:

  • Reflections on a group training course which provides a space for foster carers to support them to reflect on their foster child’s experience and behaviour as a way of improving placement stability
  • Recruitment and practice implications from research findings into identifying the characteristics of people who are interested and intend to become foster carers
  • Research examining how foster carers perceive their role as ‘professional’ or ‘parent’ or both and how these roles are negotiated
  • Looking at the contribution foster fathers can play in promoting a sense of a ‘secure base’ for children in foster care.

RPU 146 March 2013

Research articles have been specially chosen this month to focus on the troubled families agenda. Articles include:

  • Findings from a knowledge exchange project about engaging with involuntary service users in social work.
  • A small scale research project giving voice to vulnerable families’ experiences of multiple service use.
  • Findings from an evaluation of the Westminster Family Recovery Project to support families at risk.
  • Research looking at how to better define and categorise the work and impact of Family Intervention Projects.

RPU 145 February 2013

This month’s highlights:

Research articles have been specially chosen this month to focus on the topic of permanence. Articles include:

  • Experiences of children in ‘informal’ kinship care
  • Contact between siblings post-adoption
  • What we can learn about the Independent Reviewing Officer Role from case law

RPU 144 January 2013

This month’s highlights:

Summaries of research articles on:

  • Ethnic matching and adoption
  • Social work perspectives on placement stability
  • Evaluation of a specialist support service for parents with learning difficulties