CASCADE’s Current research projects:

A Randomized Controlled Trial of Schwartz Rounds for social care staff

A Randomized Controlled Trial of Schwartz Rounds for social care staff

The aim of this project is to find out whether Schwartz Rounds can help improve the social and emotional well-being of social care staff in England. Overview Working in social…

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…

Child Welfare Inequalities in Wales: Practice and Prevention

Child Welfare Inequalities in Wales: Practice and Prevention

The aim of this project is to investigate the relationship between poverty and social inequality and child welfare interventions, such as children becoming ‘looked after’ or placed on the child…

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…

CPR thematic review dissemination event

CPR thematic review dissemination event

An ExChange event Overview An event held on 2nd June 2020, pre-recorded, 502 views. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ar9WOrbFE5g Activities and Methods Presentation of findings from a multi-disciplinary study  analysing 20 Child Practice Reviews undertaken…

Developing an Innovative Restorative Support Service for the families of Veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Developing an Innovative Restorative Support Service for the families of Veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Many Veterans of UK military services live with PTSD. While some level of support and therapy can be found for Veterans who have left services, there is little help for…

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…

Gwent Domestic Abuse Service: Adding a Trauma Informed Approach to work with Perpetrators

Gwent Domestic Abuse Service: Adding a Trauma Informed Approach to work with Perpetrators

This is an action research study which is aimed at supporting the Domestic Abuse Perpetrator Programme to be more trauma informed. We have carried out a review of key research…

Identifying good practice in youth violence prevention: a mapping and synthesis exercise

Identifying good practice in youth violence prevention: a mapping and synthesis exercise

Barnardo’s are a key partner in the newly established Violence Prevention Unit (VPU) in South Wales. As part of their work to determine the best approaches to decrease the prevalence…

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…

Mitigating cognitive biases in social work: a randomized controlled trial

Mitigating cognitive biases in social work: a randomized controlled trial

Cognitive biases can impact the accuracy of social work decision-making. There are currently no widely used and evidence-based methods for mitigating the effects of cognitive biases within English child and…

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 and kinship carers: evaluation of Barnardo’s/Monmouthshire Families Together

Supporting parents and kinship carers: evaluation of Barnardo’s/Monmouthshire Families Together

An evaluation of supportive services offered to families in Monmouthshire aimed at strengthening families currently under a care order or a Special Guardianship Order. Overview This project is a 12-month…

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…

Supporting Separated Family Alliance: A scoping study.

Supporting Separated Family Alliance: A scoping study.

The aim of this study is to identify potential approaches for a Supporting Separated Family Alliance which reduces the number of parents entering into private law applications in Wales. Overview…

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 experiences and outcomes of young people from England referred to Secure Accommodation

The experiences and outcomes of young people from England referred to Secure Accommodation

This project explored the backgrounds of young people from England referred to Secure Accommodation for welfare reasons between October 2016 and March 2018, and their outcomes in the year after…

The Future of Unpaid Carers in Wales

The Future of Unpaid Carers in Wales

This study assesses the social, economic, emotional and relational impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on unpaid carers, and considers how such carers can be better supported throughout pandemic conditions and…

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…

Young People Leaving Care, Practitioners and the Coronavirus (COVID 19) Pandemic: Experiences, Support, and Lessons for the Future

Young People Leaving Care, Practitioners and the Coronavirus (COVID 19) Pandemic: Experiences, Support, and Lessons for the Future

An exploration of support provision and experiences of leaving care during the coronavirus pandemic. Overview This study aimed to explore care leavers’ experiences of lockdown restrictions, imposed as a result…