Aresearcher on taprather than on top:
From practice to research, policy and
outcomes
Andressa M. Gadda, PhD
PaCT Research ...
www.celcis.org
CELCIS
CELCIS is the Centre for Excellence for
Looked After Children in Scotland.
Together with partners, w...
www.celcis.org
Four Routes to
Permanence
• Return/remain at home with or after support (this
includes settled informal kin...
www.celcis.org
The Permanence and
Care Team (PaCT)
www.celcis.org
We focus on….
www.celcis.org
The Research Topic
The appointment of Safeguarders by the
Children’s Hearing
‘Safeguarders are persons who
...
www.celcis.org
A researcher on tap
rather than on top
www.celcis.org
The Hypothesis
Safeguarders are being appointed by
Children’s Hearing more frequently in
this than in other...
www.celcis.org
Research Questions
– How often are Safeguarders appointed by the Children’s
Hearing in this LA? How does th...
www.celcis.org
Ethical
Issues
Confidentiality Anonymity
Informed
consent
Methodo-
logical
Issues
What
information
to gathe...
www.celcis.org
Developing the research
www.celcis.org
CELCIS
SCRA
CHS
Malcolm Hill
Scottish
Ssafeguarders
Association
Children 1st
Scottish
Government
Informatio...
www.celcis.org
Engaging partners in co-
production
www.celcis.org
Engaging partners in co-
production
CONCERNS
• Managing different needs and
expectations.
• Managing conten...
www.celcis.org
Practice-based research
Practitioners identify
issues requiring further
exploration
Practitioners develop
h...
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How Effective Research Can Support Policy and Practice Development E17

  1. 1. Aresearcher on taprather than on top: From practice to research, policy and outcomes Andressa M. Gadda, PhD PaCT Research Associate Email: andressa.gadda@strath.ac.uk Carol Wassell PaCT Consultant Email: carol.wassell@strath.ac.uk www.celcis.org www.celcis.org
  2. 2. www.celcis.org CELCIS CELCIS is the Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland. Together with partners, we are working to improve the lives of all looked after children in Scotland.
  3. 3. www.celcis.org Four Routes to Permanence • Return/remain at home with or after support (this includes settled informal kinship arrangements) • Permanence through a permanence order, where long term corporate parenting is needed. This can be in formal kinship care, foster care or residential care • A relevant Section 11 Order – this is intended to be a Kinship Care Order from 2015 • Adoption
  4. 4. www.celcis.org The Permanence and Care Team (PaCT)
  5. 5. www.celcis.org We focus on….
  6. 6. www.celcis.org The Research Topic The appointment of Safeguarders by the Children’s Hearing ‘Safeguarders are persons who may be appointed by children’s hearings or sheriffs when they think this is required to safeguard the interests of the child in the proceedings. Their role is to provide support and advice for the proceedings.’ (Hill et al. 2000: iii)
  7. 7. www.celcis.org A researcher on tap rather than on top
  8. 8. www.celcis.org The Hypothesis Safeguarders are being appointed by Children’s Hearing more frequently in this than in other LAs due to Panel Members lack of confidence in Social Workers’ assessments and reports. This in turn further undermines Social Workers’ confidence.
  9. 9. www.celcis.org Research Questions – How often are Safeguarders appointed by the Children’s Hearing in this LA? How does this compare with other LAs? – What factors influence Children’s Hearing’s decision to appoint a Safeguarder? – Whether and how do reports produced by Safeguarders differ from those produced by Social Workers? – What impact does the appointment of Safeguarders have on decision-making – particularly with regards permanence?
  10. 10. www.celcis.org Ethical Issues Confidentiality Anonymity Informed consent Methodo- logical Issues What information to gather? How to gather information? How to analyse data? Time and resources Search literature Analysis and writing up of dataGather evidence
  11. 11. www.celcis.org Developing the research
  12. 12. www.celcis.org CELCIS SCRA CHS Malcolm Hill Scottish Ssafeguarders Association Children 1st Scottish Government Information on the number of safeguarders appointed PI of most recent research on appointment of Safeguarders Provides support/advocacy to Safeguarders. Membership is voluntary. Management of the National Safeguarders Panel (since June 2013) Policy
  13. 13. www.celcis.org Engaging partners in co- production
  14. 14. www.celcis.org Engaging partners in co- production CONCERNS • Managing different needs and expectations. • Managing contentious issues. • Time consuming. • Loss of interest and buy-in from original partner. • Availability of ‘researchers on tap’
  15. 15. www.celcis.org Practice-based research Practitioners identify issues requiring further exploration Practitioners develop hypothesis and/or research questions Practitioners and researchers work together to develop and carry out the research Research findings address research-users needs – direct impact on practice and/or policy BUT… How to overcome/address barriers? How to ensure continuous buy in from stakeholders? How to better align needs, expectations and time- frameworks? How to create further opportunities for researchers on tap rather than on top?

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