• 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

  • Volunteers needed for studies on social worker decision-making

    Researchers at CASCADE are currently conducting two research studies related to social worker decision-making and are seeking social workers to take part.  Registered social workers in England are eligible to take part in Study 1 and registered social workers in Wales or anywhere else in the UK are eligible to take part in Study 2.… Read More

  • Are there some useful techniques to consider when searching for research studies in Children’s Social Care?

    Last week What Works for Children’s Social Care published its latest report.  The report summarises the findings of a study of five techniques to guide those searching for research studies of relevance to children’s social care. Alison Weightman, who led the study from the Specialist Unit for Review Evidence (SURE) at Cardiff University in collaboration with the… Read More

  • New Funding Announcement – The CASCADE Network

    We are delighted to have received £2.9 million funding from Health and Care Research Wales to help us build an ambitious and exciting programme of work over the next five years. This funding will allow CASCADE and our partners in the School of Psychology, the Centre for Trials Research and SAIL (Secure Anonymised Information Linkage)… Read More

  • CASCADE report recommends improvements to secure accommodation for children in Wales

    The study was commissioned by Social Care Wales. A CASCADE led report, ‘The experiences and outcomes of young people from Wales receiving Secure Accommodation Orders’, published its findings and recommendations today. The aim of the study was to get a full and true picture of the experiences of children and young people from Wales placed… Read More

  • What Works ‘Change Projects’ show early signs of promise

    Two new pilot ‘What Works for Children’s Social Care‘ projects have released their interim reports. The first project has placed social workers in schools in three local authorities in England and is showing early signs of improving inter-agency working and building more collaborative relationships with children, young people and families. Social workers have been embedded… Read More

  • CASCADE project exposes the outcomes for young people at risk of CSE

    Today, the ‘Keeping Safe’ project findings, led by Dr Sophie Hallett, were released. The project analysed of the outcomes of work with sexually exploitedyoung people in Wales. 205 children and teenager case files, aged 9 to 18, were analysed and tracked over 10 a year period. The findings revealed one in three children had been… Read More

  • CASCADE report on shared decision making published

    What is good practice in meetings between professionals and families? Today What Works for Children’s Social Care published its latest report.  The rapid realist review, conducted by CASCADE, provides guidance on good practice in decision making meetings.  The research summarises the evidence on shared decision-making meetings and how to meaningfully involve families in order to keep children… Read More