We really value your commitment to helping us bridge the gap between research, practice, and policy. This is why we are calling on you. If you work in children’s social care, we need your views and opinions on social care practice in Wales.

The survey will take 15 minutes of your time, but your contribution will be invaluable to helping us to understand stark variations in the numbers of children in care between local authorities. Plus, you will be entered into a prize draw with other members in your local authority to win £250 for a children’s charity of your choice.

About the study

The number of children in care in Wales has increased in recent years, and there are differences between rates among local authorities. Evidence suggests that a significant proportion of this variation is the result of differences in practice. Our aim is to understand factors influencing practice from the “ground up” including differences between local authorities. This survey is designed for social workers, managers, and senior social services managers in Wales. 

This study is funded by the Welsh Government and carried out by the Children’s Social Care Research and Development Centre (CASCADE) and the Wales Centre for Public Policy (WCPP) at Cardiff University. 

Your responses will be anonymous and individual local authorities will not be identified in our final report. Thank you in anticipation, we can’t wait to hear your thoughts to help us make a better future for children in Wales.