CASCADE Children’s Social Care Research and Development Centre was launched on 22 May 2014 by the Health Minister, Professor Mark Drakeford. The Centre brings together over £1.35 million of current research grants and a strong record of engagement with the policy and practice community.

CASCADE is based in the School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University, with established links with other Schools in the University, academics in other Welsh and UK Universities and social care providers, practitioners, policy makers and service users groups throughout Wales and the rest of the UK. To receive emails about CASCADE research briefings, news and events please email CASCADE@cf.ac.uk to be added to our database.

 Latest! Thanks to the Care Council for Wales for making a short video about CASCADE and the work of CASCADE Voices. Watch it HERE.

CASCADE launch May 2014: (l-r) Arwel Ellis Owen, Chair, Care Council for Wales, Professor Elizabeth Treasure, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Cardiff University, Lisa Armstrong, CASCADE Voices, Professor Mark Drakeford, Minister for Health and Social Services, Dr Sally Holland, Director CASCADE and Professor Andy Pithouse, School of Social Sciences/Welsh Government.
CASCADE launch May 2014: (l-r) Arwel Ellis Owen, Chair, Care Council for Wales, Professor Elizabeth Treasure, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Cardiff University, Lisa Armstrong, CASCADE Voices, Professor Mark Drakeford, Minister for Health and Social Services, Professor Sally Holland, Director CASCADE and Professor Andy Pithouse, School of Social Sciences/Welsh Government.

Latest news

CASCADE awarded Welsh Government research into looked after children and education

February 10th, 2015

CASCADE is pleased to announce that it will be carrying out research into looked after children and education for the Welsh Government. The research will involve an evidence review of successful interventions as well as gathering the views and experien …

CASCADE researchers join study into UK’s child safeguarding systems

January 26th, 2015

Why are children from poor neighbourhoods more likely to be subject to a child protection intervention than those living in better off areas? And is deprivation the primary cause? Cardiff University researchers are joining a new research programme led …

Working with Fathers: Research Evidence for Practice, Manchester – 31st March 2015

January 25th, 2015

This conference will showcase recent research evidence on work with fathers. It is ideally suited to practitioners who are interested in evidence-informed practice. Speakers include Professors Brid Featherstone, Harry Ferguson and Jonathan Scourfield. …

Joan Hunt receives OBE in Queens Birthday Honours

January 12th, 2015

Congratulations to Joan Hunt who received an OBE for services to children in the New Year Honours List. Joan is a member of the CASCADE Policy and Practice Board and an Honorary Professor at Cardiff Law School. Joan Hunt recently retired from the Unive …