CASCADE’s Current research projects:

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 aim of this evaluation is to examine the implementation, delivery and impact of the Serious Organised Crime Early Intervention Service, a pioneering programme aimed at diverting young people away…

Children in households with substance misuse, domestic violence or mental health problems: Who is at risk of entering care?

Children in households with substance misuse, domestic violence or mental health problems: Who is at risk of entering care?

A study looking at the relationship between household risk factors, particularly substance misuse, domestic violence and mental health problems and the later entry of children into local authority care. Overview…

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

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

In partnership with Barnardo’s, 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…

Embedding a restorative approach in an innovative service providing intensive child and family support and a co-produced community centre

Embedding a restorative approach in an innovative service providing intensive child and family support and a co-produced community centre

Co-producing the CUBE Overview CUBE is a new multi-agency family support community-based service in one Welsh local authority area.  CUBE delivers an evidenced-based, co-productive intensive family support service to and…

Evaluation of ‘Together a Chance’

Evaluation of ‘Together a Chance’

The aim of the project is to reduce number of children being taken into care when a mother goes to prison Overview An evaluation of having a social worker in…

Evaluation of the pan-Wales roll out of Fostering Well-being

Evaluation of the pan-Wales roll out of Fostering Well-being

Evaluation of Fostering Well-being Overview A follow up study of a training programme and foster carer mentoring model designed to support children in foster care Activities and Methods Observations of…

Falling Between the Gaps PhD studentship

Falling Between the Gaps PhD studentship

PhD Overview A study of young care experienced people’s experiences of navigating mental health services. Activities and Methods Interviewing young care experienced people, foster carers and professionals Findings None yet…

Family group conferencing for children and families: Evaluation of implementation, context and effectiveness (Family VOICE)

Family group conferencing for children and families: Evaluation of implementation, context and effectiveness (Family VOICE)

Family VOICE Overview A Family Group Conference (FGC) is a meeting where the wider family discuss children who need support and protection and decide on a plan for looking after…

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…

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

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

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…

Linking survey and administrative data to enhance understandings of risky behaviours and potential protective factors in children receiving social care: A feasibility study.

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 participation in a range of risky behaviours, with a particular emphasis on children receiving care and support from social services.   Overview…

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

The over-representation of care experienced young people and those from BAME and other minority groups in the criminal justice system have been considered as part of reviews led by Lord…

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…

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 12-month project is to develop an online/digital training tool which represents a young person’s journey through the youth justice system including the various challenges that they may…

Social work fast track programmes:  tracking retention and progression

Social work fast track programmes: tracking retention and progression

What happens to the graduates of fast-track child and family social work programmes in the world of practice – do they stay? what are their working conditions? do they get…

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…

Supporting parents to play a meaningful role in decision making: Evaluation of National Youth Advocacy Service Cymru (NYAS) parental advocacy project

Supporting parents to play a meaningful role in decision making: Evaluation of National Youth Advocacy Service Cymru (NYAS) 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…

Talking Changes: Best practice in co-producing well-being outcomes with looked-after children in Wales

Talking Changes: Best practice in co-producing well-being outcomes with looked-after children in Wales

Outcomes for LACYP in Wales and across the UK have consistently been found to be of concern. Overview Children who are looked after do less well academically, are more likely…

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…

Understanding the higher education experiences of care-experienced young people in Wales: Towards a model of best practice

Understanding the higher education experiences of care-experienced young people in Wales: Towards a model of best practice

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…

Understanding the implementation of children’s social care policy in Wales: a study of the new child sexual exploitation guidance

Understanding the implementation of children’s social care policy in Wales: a study of the new child sexual exploitation guidance

We are seeking to understand the facilitators and barriers to effective child protection policy implementation by looking in depth at how the new Welsh Government child sexual exploitation (CSE) guidance is implemented…