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Understanding the educational experiences and opinions, attainment, achievement and aspirations of looked after children in Wales. Project Report.

Understanding the educational experiences and opinions, attainment, achievement and aspirations of looked after children in Wales. Access resource AuthorsDawn Mannay, Eleanor Staples, Sophie Hallett, Louise Roberts, Alyson Rees, Rhiannon Evans,…

Child Welfare Inequalities in a Time of Rising Numbers of Children Entering Out-of-Home Care

The relationship between poverty and child maltreatment and by extension of being placed in out-of-home care is a well-established one. However, this study goes beyond recent UK studies on the…

Evaluation of Visiting Mum Scheme: Final Report June 2017. Cardiff: CASCADE.

The Visiting Mum scheme aims to reduce reoffending, and reduce the emotional distress caused to women incarcerated away from their children. Rees, A., Staples, E. and Maxwell, N. 2017. Evaluation…

Restorative Approaches Family Engagement Project April 2015 – June 2018

This project consisted of an evaluation of the impact of restorative approach training on voluntary sector practitioner confidence when delivery services and on their perceived engagement with families resistant to…

A systematic map and synthesis review of Child Criminal Exploitation – October 2019

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. The aim of…

The TLC project: Social workers Talking and Listening to Children

The Talking and Listening to Children (TLC) project is a four nation UK research project funded by the ESRC that explores how social workers communicate with children in their everyday…

An overview of Trauma-Informed Approaches (TIA)

This research provides an overview of Trauma-Informed Approaches (TIA). An overview of Trauma-Informed Approaches (TIA)Download

Developing a Supporting Separating Families Alliance: a scoping study

The number of private law applications has been rising, with parents demonstrating unrealistic expectations as to what the court can and should do. This report was commissioned by the Welsh…

An Evaluation of Caring Changes: A Training Programme for Residential Carers

AN EVALUATION OF CARING CHANGES:A TRAINING PROGRAMME FORRESIDENTIAL CARER A short sentence or two summarising the central purpose of the report.  Caring Changes Report May 2020Download AuthorsDr Alyson Rees, Edward…

Fostering Wellbeing

As part of the Confidence in Care research, Alyson Rees and colleagues are also undertaking a discrete feasibility study to be completed by May 2016. This will be considering the practicalities of running…

Evaluation of risks to children and young people who are educated at home

An evidence based review of the risks to children and young people who are educated at home. Final reportDownload AuthorsDonald Forrester, Nina Maxwell, Tom Slater, Julie DoughtyCommissioner National Independent Safeguarding…

The characteristics of children and young people in residential care in Wales

Care for children in residential settings is popularly characterised as the last resort for children who have had multiple failed placements and often high levels of need, requiring therapeutic help.…

The consequences of being labelled ‘looked‐after’: Exploring the educational experiences of looked‐after children and young people in Wales

The educational experiences and attainment of looked‐after children and young people (LACYP) remains an issue of widespread international concern. Within the UK, children and young people in care achieve poorer…

How gender matters to children and young people living in England

This report sets out the research findings from a project commissioned by the Office for the Children’s Commissioner for England in 2015, “Children’s Experiences of Gender”. Please note that the…

Independent evaluation of the Frontline pilot: Research report. Project Report. [Online]. Department for Education.

Access resource AuthorsNina Maxwell, Jonathan Scourfield, Meng Le Zhang, Teresa de Villiers, Mark Hadfield, Paul Kinnersley, Liz Metcalf, Andy Pithouse and Sadia Tayyaba