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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…

Effectiveness of a nurse-led intensive home-visitation program for first-time teenage mothers (building blocks)

Individual, social, and economic circumstances faced by teenage mothers can challenge a successful start for children and interrupt mothers’ long-term socioeconomic stability. The Family-Nurse Partnership (FNP) is a licensed intensive…

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…

Family support services delivered using a restorative approach: A framework for relationship and strengths‐based whole‐family practice

Family support services, an integral part of many welfare systems across the developed world, have witnessed a growing demand for the use of relationshipand strengths‐based whole‐family approaches in the belief…

What is usual care for teenagers expecting their first child in England?

A process evaluation using key informant mapping and participant survey as part of the Building Blocks randomised controlled trial of specialist home visiting. Access resource AuthorsMichael Robling, Rebecca Cannings-John, Sue…

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…

Development of a Conceptual Model for Restorative Approach in Family Service Provision

Knowledge of ‘what works’ in early-intervention family services has prompted moves away from approaches which see varied services working autonomously with individual family members, towards provision of multi-agency cross-sector programmes…

Cost‐effectiveness of the Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) programme in England: Evidence from the building blocks trial

Access resource AuthorsBelen Corbacho MSc, Kerry Bell PhD, Eugena Stamuli MSc, Gerry Richardson PhD, Sarah Ronaldson MSc, Kerenza Hood PhD, Julia Sanders PhD, Michael Robling PhD, David Torgerson PhD 

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…

Motivational interviewing competencies among UK family nurse partnership nurses: a process evaluation component of the building blocks trial

A short sentence or two summarising the central purpose of the report.  Access resource AuthorsSue Channon, Marie-Jet Bekkers, Julia Sanders, Rebecca Cannings-John, Laura Robertson, Kristina Bennert, Christopher Butler, Kerenza Hood, Michael Robling 

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

Effectiveness of a nurse-led intensive home-visitation programme for first-time teenage mothers (Building Blocks): a pragmatic randomised controlled trial

Many countries now offer support to teenage mothers to help them to achieve long-term socioeconomic stability and to give a successful start to their children. The Family Nurse Partnership (FNP)…

Mitigating Harm: Considering Harm Reduction Principles in Work with Sexually Exploited Young People

A short sentence or two summarising the central purpose of the report.  Access resource AuthorsKristine Hickle, Sophie HallettFundersNames and Links to funders

The effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of the Family Nurse Partnership home visiting programme for first time teenage mothers in England: a protocol for the Building Blocks randomised controlled trial

The Nurse Family Partnership programme was developed in the USA where it is made available to pregnant young mothers in some socially deprived geographic areas. The related Family Nurse Partnership…

Dads Can Evaluation

The Benefits and Challenges of Training Child Protection Social Workers in Father Engagement It is widely recognised that, in a child protection context, practitioners tend to focus on working with…