CASCADE FM

CASCADE FM produces monthly podcasts on a wide range of research areas


Meaningful Participation Of Children And Young People In Decisions About Their Care
May 2019
This training podcast explores children’s participation particularly in relation to children in care reviews and child protection conferences. It considers the findings of 3 studies which included interviews with children in care, children subject to a child protection plan and their parents, senior managers, social workers and IROs. It discusses what good practice looks like in relation to meaningful participation by young people particularly in children in care reviews and will outline some of the barriers and enablers to high quality child focused practice.

Counting Fathers In: How can social workers build better relationships with fathers involved in child protection services?
February 2019
This podcast draws on findings from recently completed research which studied men’s experiences of the child protection system in England. The project, called Counting Fathers In, studied the child protection system from the perspective of fathers involved in it, and followed fathers’ lives (and cases) over a 12 month period.

Adoption Lecture: Birth family contact after adoption, Learning from the Northern Irish experience
January 2019
This lecture gives an overview of open adoption practice in Northern Ireland, including post-adoption support. It summarises case law in relation to post-adoption contact, and draws on research with adoptive parents to identify the unique benefits and challenges of children’s meetings with their birth family.

Creative ways to engage children and young people in research and practice
November 2018
This latest podcast provides a background on visual, participatory and creative techniques for working with children and young people in research projects and in practice. Presented by Dr Dawn Mannay, the podcast presents and discusses a range of studies in different contexts.  The opportunities and limitations of participatory approaches are considered and a number of techniques of creative data production are introduced.

Why Are Some Helpers So Much More Effective than Others? A Conversation with Professor Tom Sexton and Professor Donald Forrester’ 
October 2018
Being interviewed by Michael Little (Research Fellow at Dartington Centre for Social Policy and former Director of Dartington Social Research Unit), Professor Sexton (Indiana University), an eminent international expert in the field of Family Psychology,  discusses his ground breaking research on the variations between counsellors and the outcomes they help people achieve. Why do different counsellors using the same approach achieve varying results? Professor Forrester (Director of CASCADE and the What Works Centre for Children’s Social Care) talks about new research by him and his team that identifies key factors implementing outcomes in child and family social work. His findings suggest that relationships are important- but not enough on their own. So what is needed to help people effectively?

How can we prevent suicide? Practical messages for practice
September 2018
Presented by Dr Tom Slater, this 1 hour lecture explores key messages from research that can help to inform our understanding of this topic and prevent future deaths. Discussions identifies vulnerable groups, practical advice and areas of complexity.

Reviews into deaths of vulnerable adults
August 2018
Amanda RobinsonAlyson Rees and Roxanna Dehaghani explain what can be learned from recent practice reviews that took place after the sudden death of a vulnerable adult, and how future reviews could be improved.