Practice Research Hub (PRH)

The Practice Research Hub continues to make excellent progress with its twin objectives of promoting research mindedness in everyday practice and supporting practice research projects.

Research mindedness (events and Beacon teams)

We have run five research mindedness events in the past year inviting practitioners from across both local authorities; these are vibrant and energising sessions where practitioners and academics generate ideas on how to embed research into practice, including the development of beacon teams and feedback on research projects underway.

Research projects

Practitioners sent in draft research proposals to the Principal Social Workers across both authorities and were then supported by academic colleagues in the universities to flesh these out. Practitioners will be undertaking the core research with support from academic colleagues. We now have four research projects underway:

Adult Social Care projects:

  • Wellbeing in the context of the Care Act
  • Looking at how differing levels of integration in hospitals impacts the understanding of the social work role
  • What really helps the lived experience of victims of cuckooing.

Children’s Social Care projects:

  • The impact on risk and decision making practices when working with families who have made complaints
  • The practice of the courts and why duplicate assessments are being requested by the judiciary
  • looking at the timescales for achieving permanence outside of the birth family, with parental timescales for change when domestic violence or substance misuse is the dominant factor.
Further information regarding the Children’s Social Care research projects will be available in Spring 2019.