• Supporting mental health and wellbeing in secondary schools and colleges.

    Care-experienced children and young people may experience more problems with their mental health and have lower wellbeing than their non-care-experienced peers. Schools are seen as an important setting for supporting the mental health and wellbeing of all children and young people, but there are few school-based interventions that are specifically designed to support care-experienced students… Read More

  • Blogs: On the Journey

    Watch this space for new blogs for our upcoming conference series: ‘On the Journey: Navigating Mental Health’! For more information on the conference:

  • The Cardiff Christmas Dinner 2023

    Last year, a group of hosts in and around Cardiff, some from CASCADE, worked together to provide Christmas dinner and a celebration for care-experienced people. The team were filled with nerves ahead of the big day, with referrals still coming in up to the week before Christmas. A chef volunteered three days of their time… Read More

  • Working with Children who have Experienced Neglect

    Neglect is the most common reason for a child to be on a child protection plan in the UK – in 2021 this amounted to over 27,000 children (NSPCC, 2022). Neglect has been found to be prevalent in three-quarters of child case reviews concerning the death or serious harm of children, and is experienced by… Read More

  • Reframing adoption in education through identity

    For adoptees, a persistent and enduring education attainment gap exists. Experiences of schooling are further impacted by wider contextual factors, such as the construction of a consistent and coherent adoption narrative. Adopted children are set apart from most of their peers in relation to their experience of early adversities, leading to an entirely different family… Read More


    An adopted child’s identity will always encompass multiple elements and a child’s long term psychological and mental health depends on finding answers to fundamental questions about who they are. All children looked after will have a contact plan, including those to be adopted. This can be either direct/face-to-face or indirect (e.g., ‘letterbox’[1]). For many years… Read More

  • Early Permanence

    Early Permanence is a child-centred practice that offers stability at a very early stage, preventing multiple moves and the associated trauma of separation from and loss of attachment figures, until a court has reached a decision about the final care plan for a child. The need for good quality care planning for children and twin… Read More

  • Race in Adoption, the Absent Presence.

    In the 1960’s children from Black and Global Majority backgrounds were considered unadoptable and transracial adoption (TRA) was encouraged to prevent children from staying in long-term foster or residential care. Though as the testimonies of some transracially adopted adults were heard, the ability of TRA to provide children with positive racial/ethnic identities and a sense… Read More

  • Two mothers, one child: an adoptive mother and birth mother with direct contact

    Abbie lived in the South of England and had been invited to help on the playscheme, because she had knowledge and experience of a type of communication strategy that the school were trying to introduce. I had been family finding for T for about a year and had found one potential match which fell through.… Read More

  • Why do prospective adoptive parents choose to adopt older children?

    The assessment process  Prospective adoptive parents in the UK context are required to go through an assessment process. As part of the assessment process, prospective parents are required to undertake adoption preparation training where they learn about the potential needs of children who will be placed with them.   During this preparation and assessment process, prospective… Read More