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Child Criminal Exploitation

6 March 2020

Children’s social care practice faces several challenges to delivering better outcomes for young people – none more complex and damaging than criminal exploitation.

Why don’t more care-experienced young people go to university?

14 January 2020

A blog by Gemma Allnatt, Doctoral Student. University can be one of the most exciting times in a young person’s life; they have the prospect of studying something they are really interested in, meet new people, have new experiences and have a place to make those first adult steps of independence into the world.

CASCADE report recommends improvements to secure accommodation for children in Wales

18 September 2019

The study was commissioned by Social Care Wales. A CASCADE led report, ‘The experiences and outcomes of young people from Wales receiving Secure Accommodation Orders’, published its findings and recommendations today. The aim of the study was to get a

What Works ‘Change Projects’ show early signs of promise

20 August 2019

Two new pilot ‘What Works for Children’s Social Care’ projects have released their interim reports. The first project has placed social workers in schools in three local authorities in England and is showing early signs of improving inter-agency workin

CASCADE project exposes the outcomes for young people at risk of CSE

9 August 2019

Today, the ‘Keeping Safe’ project findings, led by Dr Sophie Hallett, were released. The project analysed of the outcomes of work with sexually exploited young people in Wales. 205 children and teenager case files, aged 9 to 18, were analysed and track

CASCADE report on shared decision making published

12 July 2019

What is good practice in meetings between professionals and families? Today What Works for Children’s Social Care published its latest report.  The rapid realist review, conducted by CASCADE, provides guidance on good practice in decision making meetin

Storm in a coffee cup?

5 July 2019

A blog by Professor Donald Forrester When I first heard that the What Works Centre (WWC) was going to study the impact of free, high quality coffee and tea I thought it was a really, really stupid idea. Maybe not up there with electing Trump President,

New evidence outlines Intensive Family Preservation Services effectiveness in preventing children from entering care

10 June 2019

The review by CASCADE, on behalf of What Works for Children’s Social Care, launched today What Works for Children’s Social Care (formerly the What Works Centre for Children’s Social Care) today launches its latest report examining the evidence-base and

What is the point of child and family social work?

15 May 2019

A blog by Professor Donald Forrester An edited version of this blog was previously published by the NSPCC I came into social work to help people. Helping social workers to help people is still why I do my job, albeit through research and teaching. And

Evidence and values

12 April 2019

The name “evidence based practice” is misleading. Practice cannot and should not be based on evidence – if by that we mean that the evidence tells us what we should do.

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