• Building CASCADE: from concept to impact 

    Written by Professor Sally Holland  It feels like the blink of an eye since we launched CASCADE in May 2014 and quite a few people have asked me how on earth CASCADE got started. Do you just declare a research centre exists? Is there an application process? Did someone ask you to do it?  The… Read More

  • Advice, support and challenge: Co-production in the Evaluation of the Welsh Basic Income Pilot for Care Leavers 

    Written by Professor Sally Holland  CASCADE is leading a large and complex evaluation of an exciting pilot in Wales. This pilot involves over 600 care leavers aged 18 in Wales. They are being paid a basic income that is the equivalent to the living wage for two years between the ages of 18 and 20.… Read More

  • Embarking on a PhD, but not completely saying goodbye to the Public Involvement Team 

    Written by Elaine Speyer  Back at the end of the summer, when I heard that I had been successful in my application and interview for a PhD, I was surprised, excited, and petrified all at once! My start date was not long after, so I didn’t have much time for it to all sink in,… Read More

  • CASCADE VOICES – March 23rd

    By Josie Keam This blog is a summary of the most recent CASCADE Voices Young People’s Advisory Group session which took place in March 2024.   In my second week in my new role as Children, Young People, and Family Involvement Worker, Rachael and myself planned and led the March CASCADE Voices session with the young… Read More

  • Hearing from Young Unaccompanied Asylum Seekers  

    By Elaine Speyer Young people had the chance to meet with an advocate and find out more about the services they provide and how to access them.   We found out that young people enjoy living in Wales and would love to explore more of it. They are keen to make new friends and to learn… Read More

  • Meet Josie: Our Newest Engagement Team Member at CASCADE

    By Josie Keam This blog is an introduction to the Engagement team’s new starter, Josie and her time so far in her new role.  My name is Josie and I recently started as Child, Young Person, and Family Involvement Worker, joining Rachael, Elaine, and Phil in the Engagement Team. Although I’m not new to CASCADE… Read More

  • Crafting Connections: A Day of Pottery with CASCADE Parents

    By Phil Lambert In December our CASCADE Parents Research Advisory Group gathered on an industrial estate on the outskirts of Cardiff to try our hands at pottery.   We were hosted by Cardiff Pottery Workshop who expertly guided us through a hand building exercise and introduced us to the electric wheel! The aim of the day… Read More

  • Kinship Carer Research and Policy Advisory Group

    CASCADE is committed to involving the voice of lived experience across its research work. The Public Involvement team (https://cascadewales.org/engagement/public-involvement/) at CASCADE is always looking for ways to involve wider voices. We are thrilled to announce this exciting new partnership with AFKA Cymru (https://afkacymru.org.uk/) and Kinship Cymru (https://kinship.org.uk/) to establish a ‘Kinship Carer Research and Policy… Read More

  • Research Methods Training

    At CASCADE we have a commitment to involving people with lived experience of children’s social services in our research. We believe this is a vital part of producing relevant and impactful research. However, it can be difficult for adults and young people to contribute and understand what we do in research. Bridging that gap is… Read More

  • Film premiere: Harmful relationships and crime 

    On Tuesday 11th July five inspiring young people visited SPARK to share the premiere of their two co-produced films exploring the impact of Child Criminal Exploitation. The event was hosted by CASCADE and attended by a small group of invited guests from across a range of related organisations. These included: Violence Prevention Unit, South Wales Police, Swansea… Read More