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…

An Evaluation of Fostering Well-being

An Evaluation of Fostering Well-being

An evaluation of a series of multi-disciplinary masterclasses delivered to professionals in the team around the child. In addition the programme includes the development of the role of the foster…

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

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…

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…

Evaluation of ‘Together a Chance’

Evaluation of ‘Together a Chance’

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

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…

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…

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…

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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXR4yXlyUzA Survey The family group conferencing for children and families (Family VOICE) study is exploring the quality and effectiveness of…

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…

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…

Making sense of the SWIS Trial: Implications for Wales

Making sense of the SWIS Trial: Implications for Wales

This project will introduce the findings of the Social Workers in Schools (SWIS) Trial, to Welsh stakeholders with a view to developing SWIS for implementation in Wales. Overview The Social…

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…

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 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…

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…

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…

Supervision for child protection professionals in Eastern Europe

Supervision for child protection professionals in Eastern Europe

An exploratory study of supervision for child protection professionals working in multidisciplinary teams across seven European countries. Overview This study explored the experiences and views of supervision among child protection…

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…

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 perceived impact of peer parental advocacy impact on child protection practice: A pilot evaluation

The perceived impact of peer parental advocacy impact on child protection practice: A pilot evaluation

Peer Parental Advocacy aims to support parents who are engaged with the child protection process, through advice and advocacy. Part of this is helping them play a meaningful role in…

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

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…

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…

Uni-care: Developing an online resource to support care experienced students

Uni-care: Developing an online resource to support care experienced students

CASCADE are working with CLASS Cymru and The Rees Foundation to develop a website that will help care experienced people and those who work with them to find all the information they…