This month we bring you your favourite summaries from the past two years exploring:
- The link between child maltreatment and adolescent mental health
- A pilot of nonviolent resistance groups for treating aggressive young children
- Making the transition from direct practice to management
- The types of knowledge used in everyday social work practice and how this impacts on the quality of learning
The research summaries this month look at the use of technology in children’s social care including:
- How Electronic Information Systems shape social work practice and how we might better ensure practice shapes new developments
- Social workers ‘ experiences of the importance of emotions and workplace culture in information sharing
- Tracking Child Protection professionals’ emotional responses during a virtual home visit and how this might be used to support staff development
- An internet service designed to enhance communication between foster carers and social workers
The research summaries this month look at adolescent services and youth work including:
The research summaries this month look at the social work profession and identity including:
The research summaries this month look at preventing youth offending including:
- Young people’s views of restorative justice-based approaches.
- A case study demonstrating the importance of identifying any speech, language and communication needs young offenders may have, in order to enable change.
- A long term study identifying factors associated with youth offending.
- An article exploring recent trends in Youth Justice in England and Wales and possible future directions.
The research summaries this month look at the impact on parenting of childhood abuse including:
The research summaries this month look at residential care including:
The research summaries this month look at participation and co-production including:
- The co-production of a music-based intervention with excluded young people
- Learning from the Barnardo’s Participation Project about involving disabled children and young people in policy planning
- Parents’ experiences of taking part in one research project: sometimes distressing but helpful.
- Challenges and lessons from a youth participation project in an Australian mental health organisation.
The research summaries this month focus on attachment and neglect including:
- An example of an assessment using a model of attachment suitable for older as well as very young children.
- Applying attachment theory to practice with hard to reach young people.
- The link between lack of care in childhood and anxiety in adolescents.
- The effectiveness of a range of interventions for improving attachment.
The research summaries this month focus on evidence-informed practice and knowledge utilisation including:
- The types of knowledge used in everyday social work practice and how this impacts the quality of learning.
- What supports and impedes the implementation of evidence-informed practice.
- How neuroscientific research findings are transferred into practice and how they are changed during the process.
- A discussion of appropriate methods for evaluating the effects of Family Group Conferencing.
The research summaries this month focus on adolescent mental health including:
- How clinically-referred adolescents experience depression.
- A meta-analysis of the effectiveness of mindfulness in improving mental health symptoms of children and adolescents.
- A systematic review of community-based alternatives to inpatient care for children and adolescents with mental health disorders.
- A review of the strengths and limitations of four patient-reported outcome measures – SDQ, RCADS, C/ORS and GBO – for clinical use and service evaluation.
Research in Practice recently published Voice of the child, a review of the evidence on meaningfully engaging with children and young people.
Linking with chapters on ‘involving children and young people with communication needs in decision-making’ and ‘co-producing a child-focused service’, the research summaries this month focus on working with disabled children and young people:
- Professionals’ experiences of working with disabled children and young people in Scotland.
- Experiences and outcomes of participation in decision-making for disabled children and young people and their parents in a Northern Irish trust.
- A systematic review of methods used to involve disabled children and young people as partners in research.
- Disabled children and young people’s experiences of leading a research project exploring transitions in one English local authority.