The research summaries this month are concerned with the use of online communication and social media in social work and cover:
- A review of current research on the effects of online communication and social media on adolescent wellbeing.
- How those involved in child and family social work are responding to the challenges of the internet and social media.
- The use of social media to teach a social work module and how this affected students’ perceptions of appropriate private and professional use of social media.
- The ability a new model of the empowerment process to assess whether email advice can be used to empower parents.
Research summaries this month cover:
- Challenges experienced when people progress from direct practice to management in social services.
- How children and young people determine the identity of people they meet online, and safeguarding implications.
- The effectiveness of one approach to helping parents manage their relationships with aggressive children and young people.
- Safeguarding issues when children and young people go missing from home.
The research summaries this month focus on whole family approaches and community responses to safeguarding and cover:
- An evaluation of two domestic violence and voluntary perpetrator programmes
- Implementing the Strengthening Families approach to Child Protection Conferences
- An exploration of the concept of safeguarding as ‘everybody’s business’ in one neighbourhood
- A review of Local Safeguarding Children Boards’ work to protect children from sexual exploitation
September’s issues summarises research articles on:
How relationships of trust with social workers supporting young people to build positive self-ident
- Children and young people’s participation in child protection processes
- Burnout for residential social workers experiencing workplace aggression
- Children’s visibility in chronic neglect cases
- How relationships of trust with social workers supporting young people to build positive self-identity
This is July and August’s combined RPU. Research summaries focus on the issue of disabled children and/parents and include:
- Attitudes to parents with learning difficulties
- The risk for abuse of children with chronic conditions or disabilities
- Comparing children’s and parents’ perspectives on short breaks and respite services for disabled children
- Involving young disabled people in research
The month’s research summaries focus on the issue of decision making in social work and include:
- Undertaking assessments on capacity to protect in kinship care.
- The emotional dimension of risk assessment.
- A study of what social workers do in performing child protection work (this article is available in full to read here)
- A study on social work responses to referrals concerning young people rather than children in maltreatment cases.
The month’s research summaries focus on the issue of contact and include:
- Factors and decision making relating to contact with birth families
- Adopters’ experience of unplanned birth family contact in adolescence
- Managing unregulated contact in the age of new technology
- The role of observation in contact between babies and birth families during court proceedings
The research summaries this month cover:
- Parental reactions to young people with sexually harmful behaviour
- Action learning in multi-agency settings to support reflexivity in complex case management
- Findings from a European study on working with families of looked after children
- Factors influencing the uptake of research evidence in child welfare
The research summaries this month focus on The Voice of the Child. The articles explore:
- The voice of the child in the child protection conference
- Evaluating the development of Children in Care Councils
- Social Work and Advocacy with Young People: Rights and Care in Practice
- Hearing the ‘voice of the child’? The role of child contact centres in the family justice system
The research summaries this month focus on Kinship Care. Articles explore:
- Support available for informal kinship care arrangements
- Engaging family members during care proceedings
- Links between the legal status of kinship care arrangements and support provided
- Using census data to explore the link between kinship care and poverty
In this issue, you can find out about research on:
- The impact of raising a child with Foetal Alcohol Syndrome
- Practitioner accounts of responding to parent abuse
- The impact of family, carer and peer relationships on teenagers’ self-esteem living in foster care
- The use by one fostering agency of the Adult Attachment Interview to assess carers’ support needs