A Year of CASCADE
It is just a year since CASCADE was launched with the aim of improving the well-being and safety of children and their families who are living in challenging circumstances. CASCADE is concerned with all aspects of community-based responses to social need in children and families.
CASCADE has forged strong links with the young people whose lives are at the heart of the centre’s work. CASCADE VOICES is a group of care-experienced young people who advise and support the centre’s work: identifying research topics, commenting on research materials and in some cases collaborating on projects as trained peer researchers.
The centre provides a hub and focus for social care researchers. CASCADE projects often involve partnerships and collaborations, and use a wide range of methodologies, from randomised controlled trials to ethnographic approaches and the use of peer researchers.
The Policy and Practice Board which meets twice a year helps to ensure that CASCADE’s research is relevant to the needs of practitioners and policy makers.
Over the year, CASCADE has organised a number of well-attended and well-received events, and has produced Research Briefings summarising key findings from research projects.
None of this could have been achieved without the leadership and drive of Professor Sally Holland, who set up CASCADE and was its Director until April 2015, when she took up the post of Children’s Commissioner for Wales. Sally’s energy, commitment and passion for improving outcomes for children and young people have enabled CASCADE to thrive in its first year, and provided a solid foundation for her successor to build upon. We look forward to working with a new Director to ensure that CASCADE continues to make a unique contribution to children’s social care research in Wales.
Professor June Statham
Chair of CASCADE Policy and Practice Board