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

  • 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

  • Welcome to Dr Heather Taussig

    Heather Taussig, a children’s social care researcher  from the United States, has joined CASCADE for a 4-month Fulbright fellowship. Dr. Taussig is a Professor at the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Workand an adjunct professor at the Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect. Taussig plans to conduct research in collaboration with CASCADE researchers to develop… Read More

  • Best article award for CASCADE researcher

    Dr Martin Elliott, Research Associate in CASCADE Research Centre has won a prestigious national award for best article in the British Journal of Social Work in 2020. The British Association of Social Work (BASW) Kay McDougall Prize is awarded for breadth of scholarship, sophistication of theory, rigour of research, relevance to practice and international appeal. Martin’s paper… Read More

  • Child Neglect Book Announcement

    Dr Alyson Rees along with an academic from School of Social Work along with an academic from the University of Bristol, Dr Victoria Sharley have been commissioned by Coram BAAF to write a book on child neglect for social work and social care practitioners including foster carers. The book will help guide practice within the field of social… Read More

  • Review of Adult Practice Reviews

    Cardiff University was commissioned by the National Safeguarding Board in Wales in November 2020 to carry out a multi-disciplinary analysis of Adult Practice Reviews undertaken between 2014-2020. The study involves academics from three differing disciplines – Social Work (including practice experience), Law and Criminology reading and triple coding Adult Practice Reviews, to look for the… Read More

  • Fostering Wellbeing

    Cardiff University was commissioned in February 2021 to evaluate the pan Wales roll out of The Fostering Network’s Fostering Wellbeing programme. An initial pilot programme running in a South Wales Local Authority was evaluated by Cardiff University in 2017-2019. The Fostering Wellbeing programme aims to improve outcomes for children looked after and includes a series… Read More

  • CASCADE Parent’s Research Advisory Group

    CASCADE is committed to involving those with lived experience in its research. Over the past year, we have been significantly expanding our public involvement work, a key aim of the recent Health and Care Research Wales infrastructure funding.  In addition to our award winning care experienced young people’s research advisory group (CASCADE Voices), we are now also working… Read More

  • New Research Projects Announced

    5 new research projects have been awarded to researchers within CASCADE, covering a range of topics.  Action for Children’s Serious Organised Crime Early Intervention Service (SOCEIS) Evaluation A pioneering programme aimed at diverting young people away from a life of serious organised crime has been awarded to Dr Nina Maxwell at CASCADE, Cardiff University by… Read More