This month’s Research and Policy Update includes systematic reviews of the evidence on:
- Resilience and burnout in Child Protection social work.
- The impact of birth family contact on children in adoption and long-term foster care.
- Interventions to improve professionals’ responses to children exposed to domestic violence and abuse.
- Interventions to support looked after children in school.
The research summaries this month focus on supervision and cover:
- The views of practitioners regarding their ability to explore the emotional content of their practice and the formal and informal settings in which they may prefer to do this.
- A longitudinal study of the views of Newly Qualified Social Workers, Managers and Directors looking at the content and purpose of supervision in social work practice in England.
- The benefits of group supervision for family support workers in Early Years settings.
- The transferability of Cognitive Interviewing to child-care social work supervision and its contribution to enhancing the quality of critical thinking, assessment and decision-making practices.
The research summaries this month focus on child sexual exploitation (CSE) and cover:
- What young female service users say helps them to move on from CSE: research from voluntary sector projects in Bradford.
- An overview of the implementation of Safeguarding Children and Young People from Sexual Exploitation (DCSF, 2009).
- A qualitative study of female sex workers focusing on sexual exploitation under the age of 18 and how definitions of risk and protective factors affect perceptions of victimhood and agency.
- An analysis of how systems, processes, and gender constructs affect decision-making in secure accommodation.
The research summaries this month focus on multi-agency working and cover:
- How professionals experience the complexity of working with children and families and with other agencies.
- The results of a Local Safeguarding Children’s Board survey of staff’s experiences of co-operation both within their own agencies and with other agencies.
- Learning from a project designed to improve multi-agency working in domestic abuse and safeguarding.
- A case study exploring multi-agency service provision in tackling child trafficking in one English city.
The research summaries this month focus on care leavers and include:
- A systematic review of the literature on young people’s experiences of leaving care in the UK.
- Young people’s and professionals’ views on the transition to independence in the UK, focusing on the importance of relationships to accessing support.
- Insights from sociology into how care experienced children ‘do’ family and their changing relationships with their birth families.
- The evidence in support of developing peer mentoring approaches to tackling teenage pregnancy amongst Looked After Children.
The research summaries this month focus on early intervention and include:
- A study into how a small number of substance-misusing families in Scotland responded to being referred to children’s services on a voluntary basis.
- An examination of the impact of the Lead Professional on families, professionals and the implementation of the Common Assessment Framework.
- A scope of innovative models of working across health and children’s social care services in England and their impact on multi-agency safeguarding practice.
- A review of integrated systems and promising practice in the early years, including practical advice for local areas redesigning services.
The research summaries this month focus on engaging men and building their fathering capacities including:
- Learning from the Family Nurse Partnership about the effectiveness of early intervention and relationship-based practice with fathers.
- The impact of evaluation processes and tools on delivery of a programme for domestic violence perpetrators and men’s engagement.
- How fathers’ love for their children may be harnessed to challenge them to change violent behaviour.
- Practitioners’ views of fathers in risk assessment and planned interventions in England and Norway.
The research summaries this month focus on neglect and cover:
- The role of neglect in child fatality and serious injury
- What needs to change in working effectively with neglected children and their families
- Parents’ and practitioners’ views on the use of the Graded Care Profile assessment tool in one local authority
- The contribution of trauma-informed approaches to intervening with neglected children and their families
The research summaries this month focus on confident practice with cultural diversity. This month’s research summaries include:
- An article drawing on international research to inform interventions regarding Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
- Social and community workers’ views on Family Group Conferences and cultural competence
- A proposal for a holistic approach to assessment and planning for trafficked children, drawing on their narratives
- Strategies for developing social work students’ cross-cultural competencies
The research summaries this month focus on decision-making in social work and explore:
- How social workers balance risk and protective factors when analysing referrals
- The use of intuitive and analytical ways of thinking in decision-making in social work
- A model designed to consider how threshold decisions are made by social workers
- Whether social workers’ decision-making can be biased against those from minority ethnic and low income backgrounds
The research summaries this month focus on strength-based approaches to social work interventions and explore:
- Successes and challenges of approach which seeks to improve family communication and shared responsibility.
- A case example highlighting the potential benefits of narrative practice and the Signs of Safety approach with adolescents.
- Progress of the implementation of the Signs of Safety approach across health and social care in one English local authority.
- The relationship between social workers’ use of strength-based practice and parent engagement.
The research summaries this month focus on adolescent mental health including:
- The impact of maltreatment experienced during childhood on psychological outcomes in adolescence.
- The views of young people, professionals and the literature on the causes of adolescent neglect and its impact on wellbeing.
- Care leavers’ own reflections on the importance of their emotional support networks whilst leaving care, and the professional help they received to explore these.
- Young males’ use of the internet to seek support and how this affects their mental wellbeing.