CASCADE's thoughts and articles related to Social Care and Social Care research.

  • TRIUMPH Fest

    ‘TRIUMPH Fest’ in Edinburgh was designed as an opportunity to bring together young people, policymakers and researchers to share learning about young people’s mental health. It was a two-day event designed and led by the TRIUMPH Youth Advisory Group. It involved presentations and stalls highlighting the work that young people have been doing, opportunities for lively discussions and workshops to develop young people’s research and skills in activism. 

  • Reach for the stars: Care experienced role models

    As part of our CASCADE Parents group and network we have offered the opportunity for members to contribute to blogs if they would like to. These will be stories, messages, or priorities for research from their perspective. We hope this will be a regular blog feature at CASCADE and another way for us to amplify the voices of those with lived experience of children’s social care.

  • The Journey so far as a peer researcher – participation

    I am one of the founding members of the Family Advisory Board (FAB group), in Camden in 2014 and became the coordinator for the FAB group recently, a lay member of the Camden Safeguarding Children Partnership, and a trained Parent Advocate for Child Protection Conference. I am also a Relational Activist and actively promote Family Group Conferences, Parent Advocacy, Parent Participation, and use my experience through relationship and working collectively with others to achieve social change.

  • Returning to CASCADE

    After a long 7-year ‘leave of absence’ as Children’s Commissioner for Wales, I have recently returned to Cardiff University and the CASCADE Children’s Social Care Research and Development Centre to resume academic life.

  • Coproduction Workshops Family Voice

    The Family Voice project has been busy arranging coproduction workshops both in Camden and in North Wales. My name is Delyth, and I am the Peer Researcher based in North Wales, supported by Y Bont. I have been inviting families from North Wales who have had experience of attending a Family Group Conference onto the… Read More

  • Lights Camera Action…Digitally Enabling Public Involvement Participants

    Last month, our incredible team of Public Involvement Parents at CASCADE Parents Research Advisory Group were offered the opportunity to develop digital skills that could be used to support their involvement in the whole research cycle at CASCADE. We hope these skills might ultimately enable the group to contribute and disseminate their own research and experience. We also hope that these skills will be useful in developing their interests, careers, and confidence.

  • A shared aim to make the world a better place

    As part of Dr Nina Maxwell’s CASCADE research project, seven peer researchers from Peer Action Collective (PAC) based in Media Academy Cymru (MAC) were invited to ‘sbarc|spark’. The aim of the day was to learn more about their youth violence prevention research and explore ways to that we can work together.

  • We speak the same language

    The mental health and wellbeing of care-experienced children and young people is a major public concern. This has been further exacerbated by the recent COVID-19 pandemic and wider concerns about the diminished availability of mental health support services. A project led by DECIPHer’s Dr Rhiannon Evans in partnership with CASCADE and The Fostering Network Wales… Read More

  • Getting cozy with a good book

    As part of our CASCADE Parents group and network we have offered the opportunity for members to contribute to blogs if they would like to. These will be stories, messages, or priorities for research from their perspective. We hope this will be a regular blog feature at CASCADE and another way for us to amplify… Read More

  • CASCADE Voices Autumn 2021

    CASCADE’s award-winning care experienced young people’s research advisory group CASCADE Voices, run in partnership with Voices from Care Cymru has been hard at work virtually during the pandemic. While we were all finding the best ways to manage during a pandemic our dedicated young people have continued to get involved in our group and we couldn’t be more… Read More