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

May 2015

Latest news

Professor Donald Forrester appointed as Director of CASCADE and Professor in Child and Family Social Work

June 26th, 2015

We are extremely pleased to announce that Professor Donald Forrester has been appointed as Professor in Child and Family Social Work at Cardiff University and new Director of CASCADE, from January 2016.

Children’s Social Care Law in Wales

June 16th, 2015

Cardiff University Law School launches a new Children’s Social Care Law in Wales website. http://sites.cardiff.ac.uk/childrens-social-care-law/ The purpose of the site is to assist social workers, social care practitioners, foster carers and advisers f …

Fostering Healthy Futures

June 1st, 2015

On Monday 8th June 2015 CASCADE are hosting an information and briefing session about Fostering Healthy Futures and whether this model, developed in Colorado, USA of working with looked after children would be relevant and practicable to run in Wales.

Suicide, Self-harm and the Internet: Exploring Use, Prevention and Intervention

June 1st, 2015

On 19th May 2015 a joint DECIPHer and CASCADE symposium was held to explore the role that Internet technology can bring to suicide and self-harm prevention. Whilst concern has been expressed around the potential harm that the Internet can have on suici …