Current Projects

Child Welfare Inequalities in Wales: Practice and Prevention

To investigate the relationship between poverty and social inequality and child welfare interventions, such as children becoming ‘looked after’ or placed on the child protection register.

Community of Practice: Care and Education

This project works to establish an online community of practice to improve the developmental and educational outcomes for children in the early years in Wales.


Aimed at practitioners, foster carers, teachers, researchers, and care-experienced children and young people, ExChange is a ‘one-stop shop’ for information relating to improving outcomes in care and education.

Gwella: A national knowledge and practice hub preventing risk of child sexual exploitation and sexually harmful behaviours

Project aim is reduce the risk of vulnerable children and young people experiencing Child Sexual Exploitation or demonstrating Sexually Harmful Behaviour, through the development of a prevention model for use in Social Care.

Integrated Family Support Team

Working with a local team to consider how they could adapt their work with families to address couple conflict and domestic abuse.

Keeping Safe? An analysis of the outcomes of work with sexually exploited young people in Wales

To conduct an investigation into outcomes for children and young people ‘at risk’ of sexual exploitation, in order to meet vital gaps in knowledge.

Looked After Children’s Education: Impact Acceleration Award 2

This project will further disseminate the findings of research with care experienced children and young people and build effective communities of practice.

Looked-after children in Wales: An analysis of the backgrounds of children entering public care

The research is based on a detailed quantitative analysis of approx. 15,000 children who were ‘looked after’ in Wales in a six year period from 2008 to 2014.

Reflect: An evaluation of the Barnardos’ and Newport City Council Reflect Scheme

The primary aim of the Reflect project is to prevent women who have experienced the compulsory removal of a child from experiencing a repeat pregnancy in the short-term, whilst successive child removal remains the most likely outcome.

Secure Accommodation

The study aims to inform practice with children and improve future outcomes by investigating why sufficient secure placements are not available, and why Welsh children are often placed outside of Wales.

Social Work Fast Track Programmes: Tracking Retention and Progression

Aims to investigate the longer-term outcomes for Frontline Cohorts 1 to 5 and Step Up Cohorts 4 and 5. The key outcomes are employment destinations, rate of career progression and retention within child and family social work.

Talking Changes

This project will examine the roll-out and ongoing impact of the Social Services and Wellbeing (Wales) Act (2014). It focuses on the voices and experiences of children and young people receiving care under the Act.

School for Social Care Research Wales

The Wales School for Social Care Research has been established to build capacity in social care research in Wales; it aims is to bridge the gap between academic research and social care services in Wales.

What Works Programme

The WWC is a major new government initiative seeking to improve outcomes for children and families, by reviewing, producing and making available for practitioners and senior leaders evidence about ‘what works’.