As part of expanding our Involvement work supported by our Health and Care Research Wales infrastructure funding, we are developing new ways of involving those with experience of children’s social care as parents. 

With support from our CASCADE Involvement Board, we have recently set up a CASCADE Parent’s Research Advisory Group. This group was established in December 2020 and is already providing valuable contributions to our research. As this group grows, we will be offering Research Methods training to all members to support their feedback and contribution to our research. We also provide remuneration for their time and will cover expenses in line with Public Involvement standards. 

We aim to continue to develop this work and create a network of parents with lived experience of children social care to engage or get involved in a range of ways that best suit them. We are committed to providing opportunities for those that would like to contribute in a meaningful way. 

Recent sessions

Children in households with substance misuse, domestic violence or mental health problems: Who is at risk of entering care? This is a study by a Cascade researcher looking at the relationship between household risk factors, particularly substance misuse, domestic violence and mental health problems and the later entry of children into local authority care. The group helped to establish research questions, provided context to possible scenarios and supported the identification of any gaps that could occur in the data.

For more information or to get involved please contact Cascade