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Shonkoff argues that Science, Policy and Practice are distinct cultures with their own approaches to research and evidence.  However, since they have a common goal (in this case, improving interventions for children) we need to find creative ways of blending these cultures.  He introduces the reader to the main differences between these cultures, and some of the challenges facing evidence-based approaches in this context.

This article provides a useful histoy, and discussion of the key debates surrounding, evidence-based approaches in a social service context.

Article that evaluates the effectiveness of current medical and psychological interventions for individuals at risk of sexually abusing children, both in known abusers and those at risk of abusing.

Serious case reviews have repeatedly highlighted failures by social workers to effectively engage fathers or identify men who pose a risk to children. Judy Cooper investigates why men are being overlooked and how professionals can address this.

Article that highlights the views and advice of offenders in Scotland about what helps and hinders young people generally in the process of desistance, why interventions may or may not encourage desistance and what criminal justice and other agencies can do to alleviate the problems which may result in offending.

Guardian article which explains how a project in Scotland involved young people in planning and designing care leavers' services.

Article that describes developing programmes matched to workforce needs that allow students to translate theory into professional practice.