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Weeding out a few bad apples? What do we believe registration of residential childcare workers is for?

Residential care for children ‘looked after’ by the state is often characterised as the placement of ‘last resort’, despite it being a positive and appropriate placement choice for some young people.  Across the UK, 16% of children looked after in England are living in residential settings, 10% in Scotland and 7% in Wales (Competition and Markets Authority, 2022). Historically, the children’s residential care workforce is undervalued and often seen as transient and low skilled (Department for Education, 2021), despite working with children who have often experienced significant trauma and challenges. Read More

Doctoral/PhD Students

We have a large, vibrant PhD/Professional Doctorate community within CASCADE. Our PhD students are studying a wide range of diverse topics across children’s social care, adult social care, exploitation and issues relating to criminal justice.  The students and their topics are listed below. The doctoral students have regular meetings facilitated by Bridget Handley (PhD student).… Read More

Enhancing understandings of involvement in risky behaviours amongst children receiving social care

It is widely accepted that children looked after have poorer educational and health outcomes than the general population. However, low numbers and the tendency to treat children looked after as a homogenous group is problematic not least because it overlooks differences based on individual needs and circumstances. To understand the reasons for these inequalities, a… Read More

Leaving a pupil referral unit: Exploring the transitions and post-16 destinations of care experienced young people across Wales

As a qualified youth and community worker, I’ve always had an interest in working with young people who struggle with formal education, and who are marginalised or under-represented in research. It is widely known that, on average, many children in care find education to be difficult. What is less well understood is what happens to… Read More

Replacing Child Protection Conferences with Family Group Conferences

Over the past two decades in the UK and elsewhere, the importance of involving children, young people and parents in social work decision-making has been increasingly recognised. When enabled and supported to take part, children, young people and parents can play an essential role in the planning and delivery of services. Improved engagement and participation… Read More