Exploring online mental health and wellbeing services during ‘lockdown’.

Two new papers have been published that explore the online mental health and wellbeing interventions and services for care-experienced young people during the pandemic, which has implications in our post Covid 19 world. During the Covid-19 pandemic many mental health and wellbeing services quickly moved to online delivery. However, there was limited discussion on how… Read More

Kinship Carer Research and Policy Advisory Group

CASCADE is committed to involving the voice of lived experience across its research work. The Public Involvement team (https://cascadewales.org/engagement/public-involvement/) at CASCADE is always looking for ways to involve wider voices. We are thrilled to announce this exciting new partnership with AFKA Cymru (https://afkacymru.org.uk/) and Kinship Cymru (https://kinship.org.uk/) to establish a ‘Kinship Carer Research and Policy… Read More

Study finds children receiving care and support in Wales more likely to be immunised

A new study into the immunisation status of children in Wales has found that children under a care and support plan had higher overall vaccination rates than the general population and were more up to date with their immunisations. The UK’s childhood immunisation programme ensures children are offered protection against serious infection. However, identifying inequalities… Read More

Research Methods Training

At CASCADE we have a commitment to involving people with lived experience of children’s social services in our research. We believe this is a vital part of producing relevant and impactful research. However, it can be difficult for adults and young people to contribute and understand what we do in research. Bridging that gap is… Read More

Film premiere: Harmful relationships and crime 

On Tuesday 11th July five inspiring young people visited SPARK to share the premiere of their two co-produced films exploring the impact of Child Criminal Exploitation. The event was hosted by CASCADE and attended by a small group of invited guests from across a range of related organisations. These included: Violence Prevention Unit, South Wales Police, Swansea… Read More

ECSWR 2023 – Milan trip

Even though summer is approaching, the memories of Easter are still fresh in my mind. In April, I attended the ECSWR (European Conference for Social Work Research) 2023 in Milan with a group of researchers from CASCADE, including Donald, Jonathan, Alyson, Clive, Sophie, Melissa, and myself. We all actively participated in the conference, with Donald… Read More

Involvement Blog May 23

Our Involvement Board is CASCADE’s strategic lived experience governance board. The boards’ main function is to hold us accountable, provide scrutiny, identify areas for improvement, and strengthen our relationships with our public, professional, and funding stakeholders. The board was originally set up to provide strategic governance for our ‘Public Involvement team’ only, but we are… Read More

Parents Influencing Policy 

Previously, a parent from our group had also given evidence with Dr Louise Roberts on their journey as a care experienced parent at a Petitions Committee review meeting.   So, on Wednesday 12th July, everyone who had contributed to the reviews were invited to attend the plenary debate for the reports in the Senedd building in… Read More

Welcome Elaine

My name is Elaine and I started at CASCADE right at the end of March. My role is to support the involvement of people with experience of accessing social care services in research. I will do this through working with young people and parents. The groups advise on different stages of research, to make sure… Read More