ExChange is an all-Wales network that brings the stakeholders in social care together to share experiences and expertise, and to learn from one another. Our aim is to improve social work and social care services by creating dialogue and ongoing relationships between people with different types of expertise, informed by recent and current research.
We believe that research has most impact when it is part of an ongoing dialogue; as such our focus is on bringing leading researchers into direct contact with workers, managers and those who use services so that we can learn from one another. Since 2016 we have run more than forty events across Wales, from large national conferences to lectures with leading experts, with over 3000 enthusiastic attendees from every part of the country sharing their social care knowledge and expertise through ExChange.
ExChange was set up by the Cascade Research Centre at Cardiff University, but we regularly collaborate with other universities and organisations across Wales. We hope this will allow us to provide a range of opportunities for discussion and collaboration with an ongoing focus on ensuring that our research makes a difference. If you would like more information or to be involved then please do email us: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Children's Social Care Research and Development Centre
Located within the Cardiff University School of Social Sciences, CASCADE is concerned with all aspects of community responses to social need in children and families, including family support services, children in need services, child protection, looked after children and adoption.
It aims first and foremost to improve the well-being, safety and rights of children and their families by:
Generating primary research evidence of an internationally recognised high quality.
Making the results of this research, and research produced elsewhere, available in an accessible form for children and families who receive social care services, professionals and policy-makers.
Developing social care research capacity in Wales by providing opportunities for researchers from undergraduate through to senior career stages.
Engaging a range of collaborators in research, including children and young people, parents and carers, practitioners, policy-makers and social care providers from the public, private and third sectors.