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 & BAAF host Annual Adoption Lecture – Professor Julie Selwyn Beyond the Adoption Order

May 13th, 2015

On 30th April CASCADE hosted it’s Annual Adoption Lecture, this year in association with BAAF Cymru. Professor Julie Selwyn’s lecture “Beyond the Adoption Order – Discord and Disruption in adoptive families in Wales and England” had a full guest list. …

CASCADE hosts seminar to consider the proposal for a UK Observatory on Child Neglect

April 22nd, 2015

On the 16th April CASCADE was pleased to host a seminar to consider the proposal for a project to improve the lives of neglected children. The seminar was extremely well attended by Welsh Government Officials, Heads of Service, Leading Children’s Chari …

CASCADE Director Professor Sally Holland takes up her position as Children’s Commissioner for Wales

April 17th, 2015

CASCADE is delighted that our director, Professor Sally Holland has been appointed Children’s Commissioner for Wales. She takes up her position on 20th April. CASCADE will be appointing a new director as soon as possible. In the meantime we are delight …

CASCADE to evaluate effectiveness of Big Lottery funded ‘Confidence in Care’ programme

March 24th, 2015

The Big Lottery Fund Wales has awarded a coalition of charities, including Cardiff University’s Children’s Social Care Research and Development Centre (CASCADE), £4.75 million to improve outcomes for children living in foster care, residential children …