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…

A systematic map and synthesis review of child criminal exploitation

A systematic map and synthesis review of child criminal exploitation

A systematic map and synthesis review was commissioned by the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel to assess what is known in the literature about child criminal exploitation. Overview While national…

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…

Building Blocks 2-6

Building Blocks 2-6

Evaluating the long-term effectiveness, and the cost and consequences of the Family Nurse Partnership parenting support programme in reducing maltreatment in young children. Overview This study is designed to evaluate…

Child sexual exploitation policing and knowledge hub

Child sexual exploitation policing and knowledge hub

Enhancing police responses to child sexual exploitation, other forms of child sexual abuse and associated vulnerabilities through collaborative working between academia and policing at both national and regional levels. Overview…

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…

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…

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…

Employing Restorative Approaches in Family Service Provision: A More Effective Route to Change

Employing Restorative Approaches in Family Service Provision: A More Effective Route to Change

This study aimed to evaluate use of strengths and relationship whole family approaches within Families First family support services throughout Wales and link this to service provision, receipt and effect. …

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…

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 of the Video Interaction Guidance Service

Evaluation of the Video Interaction Guidance Service

Cornwall Council commissioned an independent evaluation of its Video Interaction Guidance Service.  https://youtu.be/w1_F_QnRDmw Overview The aim of the evaluation was to determine whether the Video Interaction Guidance Service was achieving…

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…

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…

Household risk factors and children’s entry into care

Household risk factors and children’s entry into 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…

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…

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…

Improving the educational experiences and attainment of looked after children and young people

Improving the educational experiences and attainment of looked after children and young people

In May 2016 the Economic and Social Research Council provided the Children’s Social Care Research and Development Centre (CASCADE) with funding to build on the findings and recommendations from the Looked after…

Launching the CUBE: a restorative approach to a co-produced community centre

Launching the CUBE: a restorative approach to 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 Overview CUBE is a new multi-agency family support community-based service in…

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…

Looked after children and education

Looked after children and education

Understanding the educational experiences and opinions, attainment, achievement and aspirations of looked after children in Wales. Overview In January 2015 the Welsh Government commissioned a study on LACYP and education.…

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…

Looked-after children in Wales: An analysis of the backgrounds of children entering public care

Looked-after children in Wales: An analysis of the backgrounds of children entering public care

The doctoral research around which this fellowship is centred explored the differences between local authorities in Wales in the rates at which they place children in out of home care,…

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…

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…

PACT Visiting Mum Evaluation

PACT Visiting Mum Evaluation

A three year project funded by Big Lottery Wales to evaluate the Visiting Mum’s project facilitated by the Prison Advice and Care Trust which helps children from South Wales to keep in touch with…

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…

Secure Accommodation

Secure Accommodation

Social Care Wales commissioned a project to explore the experiences of young people from Wales who received secure orders between 1st April 2016 and 31st March 2018. Overview Young people…

Self-Harm, Suicide Ideation and Suicidal Behaviours in Looked-After Children and Young People: Incidence, Prevalence and Prevention

Overview Looked after children and young people (LACYP) are a vulnerable population. Entry into local authority care is associated with numerous adverse health, social, and economic outcomes across the life-course.…

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 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 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 Children of ‘Looked After’ Children: Care Outcomes and Experiences

The Children of ‘Looked After’ Children: Care Outcomes and Experiences

Young people who have lived in foster, residential or kinship care are more likely to become parents at a young age. This research project investigates what support is available to care experienced…

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 impact of staff training in Video Interaction Guidance for professionals and families

The impact of staff training in Video Interaction Guidance for professionals and families

To what extent do practitioners qualified in Video Interaction Guidance embed these skills into their practice and how do children and families experience Video Interaction Guidance? Overview Video Interaction Guidance…

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…

Young Carers Speak Out!

Young Carers Speak Out!

This report considers the opinions and experiences of children and young people identified as ‘young carers’ in the Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan regions of South Wales as they relate…

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. https://youtu.be/R-kP1C7omw8 Overview This study aimed to explore care leavers’ experiences of lockdown restrictions, imposed as a…