Browse our collection of recent CASCADE updates and news items, providing a variety of materials for researchers, practitioners, and the public.

  • CASCADE Talks is now available on your favourite Podcast service!

    Cascade are thrilled to announced that our podcast ‘Cascade Talks’ is now publicly available on streaming services.  CASCADE Talks is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Amazon Music. Our podcasts have a variety of conversations with industry practitioners who speak about their journey into social work, the issues that they face and an ever-changing sector.… Read More

  • New interim report on child criminal exploitation in Wales

    There is limited research on child criminal exploitation with far less known about how this manifests in Wales. This Health Care Research Wales funded study addressed this research gap.  The study examined how children are targeted, groomed, and criminally exploited in Wales. It also assessed what different services need to effectively identify, engage, and safeguard these children by exploring approaches and interventions most effective in the identification and… Read More

  • First signatories for innovative charter announced

    Harrow Council, England, become the first signatories of a brand new charter aimed at removing stigma and automatic pre-birth assessments of Care Experienced Parents from the Social Care System. The development of new charter was led by CASCADE, Cardiff University and is launched in partnership with Care Leaver Local Offer Background to the charter The charter builds… Read More

  • Three fellowship awards for CASCADE Researchers

    CASCADE are delighted to announce that we have been awarded three exciting research fellowships. Leaving a pupil referral unit: Exploring the transitions and post-16 destinations of care experienced young people across Wales Phil Smith How can we improve the experiences and outcomes of autistic children in care? A mixed methods study of needs, services, and… Read More

  • Would you like to know more about what the CASCADE partnership does?

    Our annual report provides a great introduction to our work.  In 2020 CASCADE was delighted to receive infrastructure funding to develop our partnership with the Centres for Trials Research and Human Developmental Science at Cardiff University and Swansea University’s Secure Anonymised Information Linkage Centre. The funding allowed us to develop new ideas for research projects,… Read More

  • New report published on Schwartz Rounds being trialled in Social Care

    Cascade are delighted to announce the publication of a report that Dr David Wilkins has been working on for 24 months.  A Randomised Controlled Trial of Schwartz Rounds has been published by What Works for Children’s Social Care centre. This was investigated by working with eleven local authorities who were randomly allocated more than 2000… Read More

  • Health and Care Research Wales conference 2021: Learning and looking forward

    Registration for the Health and Care Research Wales conference on 14 October is open now!   The theme of this year’s event is learning and looking forward and after the success of last year’s event, it will again be an entirely digital day.  There are some great plenary sessions lined up on important topics including: Health and care… Read More

  • New report published examining the impact of a Checklist intervention

    What question does this study focus on? Our study examined the impact of a checklist intervention on social workers’ forecasting abilities (how well they could predict the likelihood of different events and outcomes) and confirmation bias (the extent to which respondents sought information to confirm, rather challenge, their current view). You can see a copy of the… Read More

  • CASCADE review informs Channel 4’s Dispatches

    Today, at 10pm on Channel 4, a Cardiff University review of research by Julie Doughty, Nina Maxwell, and Tom Slater will be discussed on Channel 4’s Dispatches.

  • New reports exploring and reviewing practice in youth violence prevention

    CASCADE are delighted to have been commissioned by the Wales Violence Prevention Unit to undertake two evidence reviews: a mapping of the risk factors and interventions for the prevention of youth violence and implementing co-production in public services. These reports outline evidence-based approaches and interventions for working with young people and the prevention of youth… Read More