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Research – social care (continued)

Service User and Carer stories in Social Work Education

Educational & training resource, 2018

As part of its web-based resources, IRISS has collected a number of service-user and carer stories for use in social work education. They include examples of how universities can involve under-represented groups, role-play with service users, the usefulness (or otherwise) of inter-professional education for social workers, and community project collaborations.

Keywords: service user stories, carer stories, social work education

Showcasing community social work

Educational & training resource, 2018

The related ‘Showcasing community social work’ resource is a series of seven case studies demonstrating what community social work is and has to offer, each grounded in real-life context and experience. The stories focus on community development approaches and co-delivery. The contexts include active aging groups, young unaccompanied asylum-seekers, Roma families, young people in care and care-leavers, and people coping with mental health issues.

Keywords: community social work, case-studies, social work education

Related publications:

Relationship-based practice: emergent themes in social work literature, Insight paper 41. January 2018, Richard Ingram, Mark Smith


Contributed by: Kerry Musselbrook, IRISS (Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services)



Understanding which interventions work to safely reduce the number of children in care, for which families, under which circumstances. (ongoing)

This is part of the wider programme of research CASCADE is undertaking as the research partner for the What Works Centre for Children’s Social Care.

A scoping review identified groups of similar interventions in children’s social care in England that aim to safely reduce care entry or improve reunification. Each of these groups of interventions is now being explored using realist review methods. This includes at its core co-production of theory about how the interventions work with relevant stakeholders, including young people, social workers, and other health and social care workers, managers, and heads of service. Realist approaches value evidence from all perspectives equally, and incorporate them all in to the theory development to explain how an intervention interacts with different people (e.g. families, young people, children, social workers) to enable or block the outcome/s of interest.

Keywords: children in care, realist review, safeguarding

Project report: Mapping the evidence about what works to safely reduce the number of children and young people in statutory care: A systematic scoping review (2018)

Project overview:

Related publications: Signs of Safety: Findings from a mixed-methods systematic review focussed on reducing the need for children to be in care


Contributed by: Sarah L Brand – Cardiff University, CASCADE (Children’s Social Care Research and Development Centre)




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