Since 1996, we have developed into the UK’s largest research utilisation project in the children and families field with a network of over 80 participating agencies. We cultivate an active relationship with participating agencies that is:
supportive - sharing ideas and resources
committed to developing learning organisations
designed for life-long learning
research in practice offer a six-strand programme that supports the development of an evidence-informed culture - encouraging critical thinking and engaging policy makers, managers and front-line staff.
Barking & Dagenham Birmingham Blackpool Bournemouth Bracknell Forest Brent Brighton & Hove Bristol City Buckinghamshire CAFCASS Cambridgeshire Cheshire Children’s Society Cornwall Coventry Cumbria Derbyshire Devon Dorset Dudley Durham County East Sussex Essex Gloucestershire Hackney Hammersmith & F’ham Hampshire Harrow Hertfordshire Kensington & Chelsea Lambeth Lancashire Leicester City Leicestershire Medway MENCAP Merton Newham North Yorkshire Northamptonshire Northumberland NSPCC Plymouth Portsmouth Reading Sheffield Slough Somerset Southampton Southwark St Helens Staffordshire Stockport Suffolk TACT Tameside Together Trust Torbay Waltham Forest West Berkshire West Sussex Westminster Wigan Wiltshire Windsor & Maidenhead Wolverhampton Barnsley The network
‘ Research, analyse, evaluate and use current knowledge of best social work practice.’
National Occupational Standards for SW
‘ 90 hours or 15 days of study, training, courses, seminars, reading, teaching or other activities which could reasonably be expected to advance the social worker's professional development, or contribute to the development of the profession as a whole.’ GSCC re-registration policy
‘ Excellent councils will ensure…that there are clear mechanisms for keeping staff up-to-date with practice development, research findings and active participation in research and learning networks…[and] that there is a shift to a culture of continuous improvement.’
‘ The role of leadership and senior management was noted to be crucial in demonstrating the value of research as a source for new ideas, in accessing and making use of research, in encouraging research by practitioners and in active collaboration with research producers.’
Key Issues How do we define social work expertise? How do we convey and assert social work expertise? Are expert witnesses appointed thoughtfully?
Key Issues What level of confidence do other professionals working in the family court have about the evidence presented by social workers? How are the judiciary research informed? How can we improve the confidence and Competence of social workers?