CASCADE’s Current research projects:

A mixed-methods evaluation of parental advocacy in Wales

A mixed-methods evaluation of parental advocacy in Wales

Parental Advocacy in Wales: A Mixed-Methods Evaluation of its Effectiveness in Supporting Parents Wales currently has the highest proportion of children in care among UK nations, and it is a policy priority of the Welsh…

Action for Children’s Serious Organised Crime Early Intervention Service (SOCEIS) Evaluation

Action for Children’s Serious Organised Crime Early Intervention Service (SOCEIS) Evaluation

The  Serious Organised Crime Early Intervention Service Evaluation is now available. Click below to view it SOCEIS Final Evaluation The aim of this evaluation is to examine the implementation, delivery and impact of the Serious Organised…

ASPIRE

ASPIRE

This is a project to look at the needs of children in Wales with a parent in prison. We will interview parents in prison, their partners in the community, and education staff, with the aim being to…

County lines: a co-ordinated Welsh community response to child criminal exploitation

County lines: a co-ordinated Welsh community response to child criminal exploitation

Funded by Health Care Research Wales, This 18-month exploratory research project is aimed at creating a toolkit for an effective service response to improve the outcomes for children at risk or involved in county lines.…

Enhancing Understandings of Risky Behaviours

Enhancing Understandings of Risky Behaviours

A Linking survey and administrative data to enhance understandings of risky behaviours and potential protective factors in children receiving social care: A feasibility study. This project will provide a more nuanced and intersectional understanding of young people’s…

Ethnic and religious inequalities in children’s social services in Wales: Patterns and outcomes

Ethnic and religious inequalities in children’s social services in Wales: Patterns and outcomes

This research is the first attempt to build a robust evidence base on ethnic and religious minority child welfare in Wales and among the first in the UK to study health and education outcomes for…

Evaluation of National Youth Advocacy Service Cymru parental advocacy project

Evaluation of National Youth Advocacy Service Cymru parental advocacy project

The National Youth Advocacy Service Cymru (NYAS) has been working with Caerphilly since April 2017 to provide advocates for parents. In 2020 NYAS was awarded funding by the Welsh Government to provide advocacy services across…

Evaluation of People Offering Parents Support (POPS)

Evaluation of People Offering Parents Support (POPS)

Overview People Offering parents Support (POPS). This project is an evaluation of a peer mentoring project, supporting parents with drug and alcohol difficulties, who are accessing social work services. The evaluation will commence in October…

Evaluation of the Family Drug and Alcohol Court in Wales pilot

Evaluation of the Family Drug and Alcohol Court in Wales pilot

This two-year evaluation of the first Family Drug and Alcohol Court (FDAC) in Wales aims to support the delivery and development of FDAC in Wales, and enable a rigorous large-scale evaluation in future. Overview The…

Falling Between the Gaps PhD studentship

Falling Between the Gaps PhD studentship

PhD Overview A PhD study being undertaken by Bridget Handley of young care experienced people’s experiences of navigating mental health services. The study aims to explore the gaps in service provision, multi-agency working, assess what…

Family VOICE: Family Group Conferencing for Children and Families

Family VOICE: Family Group Conferencing for Children and Families

Family group conferencing for children and families: Evaluation of implementation, context and effectiveness Briefing for services on the Family Views and Context Study https://youtu.be/HegxvJK1swg Survey The family group conferencing for children and families (Family VOICE)…

For young people from young people

For young people from young people

This project builds on the findings of an earlier project to co-design and build a resource hub offering information and links to mental health and well-being services for care-experienced young people across Wales. https://youtu.be/33_59ZeP1Xw Overview…

How can we improve the experiences and outcomes of autistic children in care? A mixed methods study of needs, services, and good practice

How can we improve the experiences and outcomes of autistic children in care? A mixed methods study of needs, services, and good practice

How can we help autistic children and those with high levels of autistic traits who are in care get the help they need to achieve the best outcomes? This Fellowship will investigate this by looking…

Leaving a pupil referral unit: Exploring the transitions and post-16 destinations of care experienced young people

Leaving a pupil referral unit: Exploring the transitions and post-16 destinations of care experienced young people

It is widely known that many care experienced young people find education to be difficult and experience some form of school exclusion. What is less well understood is what happens next for these young people at the age of 16.  …

Looked after children in the youth justice system A mixed methods feasibility study

Looked after children in the youth justice system A mixed methods feasibility study

Children looked after who have come into contact with the law are some of the most vulnerable members of society. The over-representation of care experienced young people and those from racially and ethnically minoritized groups…

Police in Schools

Police in Schools

Schools are increasingly called upon to support children and families with social needs beyond education, including safeguarding, prevention of extremism, and tackling youth violence. Overview There has been a movement towards greater cross-agency collaboration, where…

Post-18 support for young people leaving care

Post-18 support for young people leaving care

How are young people in care supported to remain in their home once they turn 18? Overview An international review of post-18 care provision for young people leaving state care and will specifically focus on…

Returning Home from Care

Returning Home from Care

What affects the chances of children’s successful reunification with their birth families from care? Overview This study is exploring the factors that are associated with children being successfully reunited with their families after a period…

Selfies, Snapchat and Keeping Safe: How do looked after children engage online?

Selfies, Snapchat and Keeping Safe: How do looked after children engage online?

Understanding how looked after children engage online and experience social and digital forms of media. Overview The overall aim is to understand how looked after children engage online and experience social and digital forms of…

Snakes and Ladders: Developing a training tool for use in the youth justice system

Snakes and Ladders: Developing a training tool for use in the youth justice system

The aim of this 15-month project is to develop a prototype of a training tool which represents a young person’s journey through the youth justice system including the various challenges that they may face.  Overview Understanding…

Social care research capacity building programme

Social care research capacity building programme

The capacity to undertake academic research on both adult and children’s social care is under-developed and fragile both here in Wales and across the UK. The aims of the programme are both: to encourage people…

Special guardianship families in Wales: Experiences and support needs (Nuffield Foundation)

Special guardianship families in Wales: Experiences and support needs (Nuffield Foundation)

There are two strands to the project: 1) to build a picture of which families in Wales have Special Guardianship Orders using the SAIL Databank, and to explore in more depth; and 2) with the…

Step Up Step Down

Step Up Step Down

The aim of the research project is to evaluate the pilot of Step UP Step Down in Wales. It has run in Northern Ireland previously and been well received. Overview Instead of removing children and…

Supporting Parents in and Leaving Care: #MessagestoCorporateParents

Supporting Parents in and Leaving Care: #MessagestoCorporateParents

Supporting care-experienced parents Overview This project aims to challenge stigma, discrimination and poor outcomes for young parents in and leaving care.  The project will work closely with young people and other key stakeholders to consider and…

The impact of regulation and registration on the residential childcare workforce: comparing England and Wales.

The impact of regulation and registration on the residential childcare workforce: comparing England and Wales.

The children’s residential care workforce is often undervalued and seen as transient and low skilled,despite its work with children who have often experienced significant trauma, who are often placed in children’s homes as a ‘last…

The impact of regulation and registration on the residential childcare workforce: comparing England and Wales.

The impact of regulation and registration on the residential childcare workforce: comparing England and Wales.

The children’s residential care workforce is often undervalued and seen as transient and low skilled,despite its work with children who have often experienced significant trauma, who are often placed in children’s homes as a ‘last…

The SWIS Trial: An evaluation of school based social work

The SWIS Trial: An evaluation of school based social work

Following on from three pilot studies which showed evidence of promise, the SWIS trial will evaluate the programme on a larger scale to establish the impact it has on some important social care and educational…

The Welsh Basic Income Evaluation

The Welsh Basic Income Evaluation

The Welsh Government are offering care leavers who turn 18 between July 2022 and June 2023 the opportunity to take part in a basic income pilot. Those who take part will receive £1,600 before tax…

Understanding how advocacy services support care-experienced young people to participate in decision-making.

Understanding how advocacy services support care-experienced young people to participate in decision-making.

Research has shown that meaningful participation in decision-making can enhance young people’s confidence, self-efficacy, and self-worth. Despite legislative provisions and guidance promoting children and young people’s involvement in care-planning, young people still report limited opportunities…

Understanding the higher education experiences of care-experienced young people in Wales

Understanding the higher education experiences of care-experienced young people in Wales

Aiming to understand Higher Education Institutions’ interventions in Wales that target care-experienced young people and assess the success or otherwise of these interventions in order to develop a model of best practice Final report now…

Understanding the implementation of children’s social care policy in Wales

Understanding the implementation of children’s social care policy in Wales

A study of the implementation of the new Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) guidance in Wales Overview The central purpose of the study is to gain an understanding of how the new Welsh Government Child Sexual…

Wellbeing in Schools and Colleges – the WiSC Study

Wellbeing in Schools and Colleges – the WiSC Study

The aim of this study is to understand stakeholder experiences of delivering and receiving mental health and wellbeing provision for care-experienced children and young people (aged 11-25) in secondary schools in Wales and in the…

What are the service outcomes for criminally exploited children?

What are the service outcomes for criminally exploited children?

Funded by Health and Care Research Wales, this two-year project builds on the findings from the study, ‘County lines: a co-ordinated Welsh community response to child criminal exploitation’. Overview Child criminal exploitation refers to children…