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Friday, 04 December 2015

Resources: New publications on Child Protection, Mental Health, Kinship Care from RiP

Written by The Editorial Team

Research in Practice (RiP) have published a series of new publications which examine how we can meaningfully involve children and young people, gain a better understanding of adolescent mental health, look at how to develop improved support for family and friends care (kinship care), and provide practical guidance to support LSCBs in monitoring local safeguarding and child protection activity/practice.


Evidence Review: Voice of the child

The lived experiences of children, young people and families are a core element of the evidence base that must inform our work, alongside research and practice expertise. Research demonstrates how vital it is to build upon meaningful direct engagement in case work to involve children and young people in decision-making and service design. This review engages with the challenges and opportunities for building right-based and relationship-based provision with children and young people.

Who’s it for: Policymakers and senior colleagues across the children’s sector, researchers, lobbyists, practitioners and managers.

Paperback price: £25.00 (no VAT to pay)
Download price: £25.00 (includes VAT)

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Leaders’ Briefing: Multi-agency auditing for LSCBs

Coordinating and monitoring the effectiveness of local partners in safeguarding and child protection is a key requirement of Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs). We know from our network that there is a need for robust tools to support effective audit of multi-agency practice. This timely publication provides practical guidance on implementing effective audit activity.

Who’s it for: LSCB Chairs, business managers and other stakeholders with a responsibility for supporting multi-agency audit.

Paperback price: £10.00 (no VAT to pay)
Download price: £12.00 (includes VAT)

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Frontline Briefing: Adolescent mental health

The Health Select Committee’s report Children’s and adolescents’ mental health and CAMHS (2014) and the work of the Mental Health Taskforce endorse the importance of early intervention and timely support for young people. This briefing examines how early maltreatment may impact on the mental health of adolescents; as well as providing a range of practical approaches to support mental health and wellbeing.

Who’s it for: Frontline practitioners and first-line team managers in children’s social care, family support and wider children’s services (including early help, education, health and public health).

Paperback price: £10.00 (no VAT to pay)
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Also see the accompanying Research in Practice Frontline Tool: Adolescent mental health. 


Practice Tool: Assessing and supporting family and friends care

Research, policy and recent judicial decisions all provide imperatives for improving the timely assessment and provision of support for family and friends care. Although research has established that kinship care is a good placement option for many children, it does not guarantee that a placement will last, or promote children’s wellbeing. Good assessment, preparation and support are therefore crucial.

The aim of this Practice Tool is to assist practitioners in the processes of assessing the strengths and weaknesses of prospective placements with family and friends and identifying the assistance families might need to provide a safe and effective long-term home for a child.

Who’s it for: Practitioners and managers in children’s social care and wider children’s services.

Paperback price: £10.00 (no VAT to pay)
Download price: £12.00 (includes VAT)

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Strategic Briefing: Role and responsibilities of IROs

The Children and Families Act 2014, a number of recent research projects and Serious Case Review (SCR) evidence all highlight themes that have implications for Independent Reviewing Officer (IRO) services.

This briefing explores the progress made to implement key messages from research in the increasingly uncertain and complex operation context. It also sets out key elements needed to grow increasingly effective IRO services. It supports a growing view that IRO services cannot be seen in isolation and must be seen through the lens of a whole-system perspective.

Who’s it for: Managers of IRO services. 

Paperback price: £10.00 (no VAT to pay)
Download price: £12.00 (includes VAT)

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