Child Neglect in Schools: Messages for interprofessional safeguarding practice


The following research and reviews of practice are related to topics in health:


McDonagh, D., Connolly, N., & Devaney, C. (2019). “Bury don’t discuss”: The help-seeking behaviour of family members affected by substance-use disorders. Child Care in Practice, 25(2), 175-188.

KEYWORDS: Substance-use disorder, family members, support

Stone, J and Hirsch (2019). Local indicators of child poverty, 2017/18 Summary of estimates of child poverty in small areas of Great Britain, 2017/18.

The Bevan Foundation (2019). Kids on the breadline: solutions to holiday hunger.


Grant, A., Morgan, M., Gallagher, D. and Mannay, D., 2018. Smoking during pregnancy, stigma and secrets: Visual methods exploration in the UK. Women and Birth.

Keywords: Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS), Health, Pregnancy, Smoking, Socioeconomic factors, Tobacco.

Mannay, D., Creaghan, J., Gallagher, D., Marzella, R., Mason, S., Morgan, M. and Grant, A., 2018. Negotiating closed doors and constraining deadlines: the potential of visual ethnography to effectually explore private and public spaces of motherhood and parenting. Journal of contemporary ethnography, 47(6), p.758.

Keywords: visual methods, photo elicitation, motherhood, home, fieldwork


The following research and reviews of practice are related to topics in childcare:


Holloway, S. L., & Pimlott‐Wilson, H. (2018). Reconceptualising play: Balancing childcare, extra‐curricular activities and free play in contemporary childhoods. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 43(3), 420-434.

Keywords: after school activities, class, geography of play, working mother, work–life balance, wraparound care


The following research and reviews of practice are related to topics in parenting:


Doughty, J., Maxwell, N. & Slater, T. 2019. Alienating Behaviour in Post-Separation Parenting Disputes. CASCADE. Number 11: June 2019.

Barcus, M., Tiggers, L. & Kim, J. 2019. Time to care: socioeconomic, family, and workplace factors in men and women’s parental leave use. Community, Work & Family. 22(4), pp. 443-464.

Family Holiday Association. September 2019. How was your summer? A survey of professionals on what summer was like for the children and families they support.

Martínez, I., Murgui, S., García, O. F., & García, F. (2019). Parenting in the digital era: Protective and risk parenting styles for traditional bullying and cyberbullying victimization. Computers in Human Behavior, 90, 84-92.

Keywords: Cyberbullying, Bullying, Peer victimization, Parenting styles, Adolescence


Working with Fathers in Child and Family Services (2018). Professor Jonathan Scourfield.

Hayes, D., Butler, M., Devaney, J., & Percy, A. (2018). Allowing imprisoned fathers to parent: Maximising the potential benefits of prison based parenting programmes. Child Care in Practice, 24(2), 181-197.

KEYWORDS: Parenting, services, behaviour

Evaluation of Reflect in Gwent (2018). Dr Louise Roberts, Dr Nina Maxwell, Claire Palmer and Rebecca Messenger. CASCADE Briefing 10 -Nov 2018.

Reflect English: An evaluation of the Barnardo’s and Newport City Council Reflect Scheme


Evaluation of Cornwall Council’s Video Interactive Guidance Service (2017). Dr Nina Maxwell, Dr Alyson Rees and Dr Anne Williams. CASCADE Briefing 8 – Sept 2017

Children and Young People

The following research and reviews of practice are related to topics in children and young people:


Professor Sonia Livingstone FBA, London School of Economics (2020). Can We Realise Children’s Rights In A Digital World?

Centre for Research on Children & Families (2019). Making a Difference for Children and Families. Annual report 2018-2019

Palacios, J., Rolock, N., Selwyn, J., & Barbosa-Ducharne, M. (2019). Adoption breakdown: Concept, research, and implications. Research on Social Work Practice, 29(2), 130–142. 

Evans, al. 2019. Adolescent self-harm prevention and intervention in secondary schools: A survey of staff in England and Wales. Child and Adolescent Mental Health 24(3), pp. 230-238. 

Jones, L. 2019. Remaining in Foster Care After Age 18 and Youth Outcomes at the Transition to Adulthood: A Review. Families in Society, 100(3), pp. 260–281. 

Laverty, A. A., Filippidis, F.T., Taylor-Robinson, D. et al. 2018. Smoking uptake in UK children: analysis of the UK Millennium Cohort Study. Thorax, 74(6), pp.607 

Mowat, J. G. 2019. Exploring the impact of social inequality and poverty on the mental health and wellbeing and attainment of children and young people in Scotland. Improving Schools, 22(3), pp. 204–223. 

Khouja, J.N., Munafò, M.R., Tilling, K. et al.2019. Is screen time associated with anxiety or depression in young people? Results from a UK birth cohort. BMC Public Health 19. 

Family Holiday Association. How was your summer? A survey of professionals on what summer was like for the children and families they support. September 2019.

Dr Jenny Smith and John Hamer. A system mapping approach to understanding child and adolescent wellbeing​ (2019). Department for Education.

APPG on Youth Affairs. National youth Agency. Youth Work Inquiry. Final Report. April 2019.

Children’s Commissioner for Wales. What Now? (2019)

Gillen, A. M., Kirby, K., McBride, O., McGlinchey, E., & Rushe, T. (2019). Comparing Self-Harm (SH) Thoughts and Behaviours Among a Community Sample of Younger and Older Adolescents in Northern Ireland. Child Care in Practice, 25(2), 189-199.

KEYWORDS: Early onset, non-suicidal self-harm, prevalence rates, younger and older adolescents

Cody, C., & D’Arcy, K. (2019). Involving Young People Affected by Sexual Violence in Efforts to Prevent Sexual Violence in Europe: What is Required?. Child Care in Practice, 25(2), 200-214.

KEYWORDS: Youth participation, sexual violence, child sexual exploitation, ethics

Healthy and happy. School impact on pupils’ health and wellbeing. June 2019

How do Family Drug and Alcohol Courts work with parents to safely reduce the number of children in care? A rapid realist review. Melissa Meindl, Lorna Stabler, Laura Mayhew-Manistre, Lucy Sheehan, Chloe O’Donnell, Donald Forrester and Sarah L. Brand.

Poverty, attainment and wellbeing: Making a difference to the lives of children and young people (May 2019). SCOTTISH UNIVERSITIES INSIGHT INSTITUTE.


Children’s Commissioner (2018). Who Knows About Me? A Children’s Commissioner report into the collection and sharing of children’s data.

Lydia Marshall and Neil Smith. National Centre for Social Research (2018). Supporting mental health in schools and colleges: Pen portraits of provision

Davies, H., & Christensen, P. (2018). Sharing spaces: children and young people negotiating intimate relationships and privacy in the family home. Families, Intergenerationality, and Peer Group Relations, 27-49.

Keywords: Intimacy, Privacy, Family, Space, Spatialities, Time, Home, Embodiment/body 

John, A., Glendenning, A. C., Marchant, A., Montgomery, P., Stewart, A., Wood, S., … & Hawton, K. (2018). Self-harm, suicidal behaviours, and cyberbullying in children and young people: systematic review. Journal of medical internet research, 20(4).

Keywords: cyberbullying, bullying, self-injurious behavior, suicide, suicide, attempted, suicidal ideation

Leu, A., Frech, M., & Jung, C. (2018). “You don’t look for it”—A study of Swiss professionals’ awareness of young carers and their support needs. Health & social care in the community, 26(4), e560-e570.

Keywords: awareness, focus groups, practice tools, young adult carers, young carers

Stanley, N., Barter, C., Wood, M., Aghtaie, N., Larkins, C., Lanau, A., & Överlien, C. (2018). Pornography, sexual coercion and abuse and sexting in young people’s intimate relationships: a European study. Journal of interpersonal violence, 33(19), 2919-2944.

Keywords: dating violence, domestic violence, adolescent victims, sexual assault


Looked after children, care leavers and risk of teenage conception; findings from Wales: Summary of a National Response (2016). Dr Marion Lyons, Zoe Couzens, Dr NoelCraine, Sarah Andrews, Rhiannon Whitaker. 

#redrawthebalance – Inspiring the Future – Redraw the Balance – 2016

This powerful film from MullenLowe London provocatively captures how, early on in their education, children already define career opportunities as male and female. When asked to draw a firefighter, surgeon and a fighter pilot, 61 pictures were drawn of men and only 5 were female. It’s time to #redrawthebalance. Find out how you can support the cause by visiting:

Inspiring the future: redraw the balance


The following research and reviews of practice are related to topics in development:


Theodotou, E. 2019. Supporting personal and social development through child-led art projects in the early years. Early Child Development and Care, 189(11), pp. 1889-1900. 

Grant, A.Morgan, M.Mannay, D. and Gallagher, D., 2019. Understanding health behaviour in pregnancy and infant feeding intentions in low-income women from the UK through qualitative visual methods and application to the COM-B (Capability, Opportunity, Motivation – Behaviour) model. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth

Exploring moving to home education in secondary schools. Ofstead. October 2019.


Grant, A., Mannay, D. and Marzella, R., 2018. ‘People try and police your behaviour’: the impact of surveillance on mothers and grandmothers’ perceptions and experiences of infant feeding. Families, Relationships and Societies, 7(3), pp.431-447.

Keywords: breastfeeding, infant formula, infant feeding, morality, motherhood, surveillance, stigma, visual methods, participatory research, qualitative research

Neaum, S. (2018). Engaging with literacy provision in the early years: Language use and emergent literacy in child-initiated play. Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 1468798418783310.

Keywords: Emergent literacy, Halliday, functional language use, child-initiated play, early childhood education, literacy, early years, Mathetic, Pragmatic, formal schooling, engagement in play

Research & reviews of practice

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