case studies

Review of use of mediation services by local authorities and housing associations

Report of a study commissioned by Defra which looked into the use of mediation services in the UK by local authorities and housing associations to deal with the issue of neighbourhood noise.

The study was conducted to inform a neighbourhood noise strategy for England being developed by Defra.

Improving access to child and adolescent mental health services : reducing waiting times policy and practice guide (including guidance on the 18 weeks referral to treatment standard)

Guide outlining how the 18 weeks referral to treatment standard applies to non-emergency consultant-led CAMHS services and pathways in England. It also demonstrates how accessible low-wait CAMHS can be achieved and provides examples of good practice.

Review of the Children's Legal Representation Grant Scheme (Research findings no.48/2009)

Summary of the main findings of research which looked at the Legal Representation Grant Scheme, a scheme which permits children's hearings to appoint legally qualified individuals to represent children when this is required. The purpose was to review the operation of the scheme and inform its future development.

Review of the Children's Legal Representation Grant Scheme

Report summarising the main findings of research which looked at the Legal Representation Grant Scheme, a scheme which permits children's hearings to appoint legally qualified individuals to represent children when this is required. The purpose was to review the operation of the scheme and inform its future development.

Action for Children's work with children in care: the value of therapeutic treatment

Briefing paper stressing the importance of therapeutic treatment for children in care and offering examples of how this can best be done.

Report of the case management inquiry

This report outlines the findings of a case management inquiry into the way in which a young man was placed by the Adult Placement Service in a family where he then seriously abused two children. The inquiry considers events in the areas of: response to the need for an emergency placement; care planning; and the Social Services Directorate's policy and procedures. Failure of the Leaving Care Team to carry out a risk assessment or pass on information about previous incidents to the Adult Placement Service are highlighted. Recommendations are included.

Parents as partners in early learning: case studies: reaching out to parents - the 'Way We Learn' project, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Document describing a five-day 'Way We Learn' course aimed at parents from disadvantaged communities. The course involved a variety of exercises intended to make parents more attuned to their children's cognitive processes.

Walsall Safeguarding Children Board case review executive summary: child P

Briefly presents the background to the case of eighteen month old P who was removed from his parents along with his 4 year old sister and placed with foster carers after allegations of extreme domestic violence. P later suffered serious permanent brain damage whilst in the care of foster carers. The executive summary then presents the findings and recommendations from the case review.

Supporting asylum seeker and refugee children

Report of a study focusing on the support available to asylum seeker and refugee children and their families and how effectively this support meets the educational, social and cultural needs of asylum seeker and refugee pupils in school.

Co-production : an emerging evidence base for adult social care transformation (Research briefing 31)

Paper explaining and discussing the concept of co-production, the idea that users of adult social care services should be recognised as people possessing assets and skills which can be employed to help improve services rather than simply seen as passive recipients of services.