CASCADE Voices

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Who are we?

A collaboration between Voices from Care Cymru and CASCADE, Cardiff University.

A group of care-experienced young people who advise on research projects from design to dissemination.

Training in research methods and group facilitation are provided by CASCADE researchers. The group is supported by Voices from Care.

The group meets every two months.

The group has advised researchers from universities in Wales and Northern Ireland and the third sector, on health and social care topics.

You can watch a short video of the group, produced by the Care Council for Wales

CASCADE Voices at work

Does CASCADE Voices make a difference?

There are a number of different projects that we have provided our experience and expertise on. For example, we have helped improve information letters and suggested methods for gathering data, we have given feedback on the types of questions that researchers should ask social care professionals, we have advised on ethical issues in research projects and we have helped to set research questions.

Members of CASCADE Voices have also been given opportunities to become peer researchers. In a recent Welsh Government funded study that CASCADE undertook on Looked After Children and Education, peer researchers were needed to facilitate focus groups with care leavers. Two members of the group applied for the opportunity and received additional training on research methods, ethics, confidentiality and focus group facilitation. They conducted six focus groups between them and assisted in the development of the focus group questions. CASCADE will have other opportunities for peer researchers in the future.

The group’s impact on one study is described in a book: Doing Qualitative Research in Social Work, by Ian Shaw and Sally Holland (Sage, 2014, p.91)

Contact the group

If you are a looked after young person or care leaver and would like to join the group contact christopher@vfcc.org.uk or phone 02920 451431

If you are a researcher and would like to ask the group for advice, contact cascade@cardiff.ac.uk or phone 02920875142

CASCADE Voices on step with deputy minister
The CASCADE Voices group with the Deputy Minister for Social Care, Gwenda Thomas, AM.