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200400 2004

What works in adoption and foster care?

by Clive Sellick

Written to help managers and practitioners make evidence based decisions about where and how to place children for the right outcomes.
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£12.99
200400 2004

What works for young people leaving care?

by Mike Stein

This book looks at problems, service challenges and outcomes for young people leaving care.
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£12.99
200000 2000

Counting the cost of child poverty

by Mike Hughes, Anna Downie and Neera Sharma

Using balance sheets and graphs, 'Counting the cost of child poverty' calculates the human, social and economic costs of poverty.
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£2.50
200100 2001

No son of mine! Report

by Tink Palmer

Following on from our 'Whose daughter next?' report and film, this report draws attention to the sexual exploitation of boys and young men.
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£3.99
200100 2001

Promoting social inclusion: A practice manual for community workers

Provides practical guidance on how to plan, carry out and evaluate a community development interventions to tackle disadvantage.
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£8.99
200200 2002

Still missing out? Ending poverty and social exclusion: messages to government from families with disabled children

by Neera Sharma

Discover the issues facing disabled children, young people and their families in Britain, who live in poverty and are socially excluded from their communities.
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£2.50
200200 2002

Future citizens CD-ROM

An interactive CD-ROM featuring activites, worksheets and teacher's notes.
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£35.00
200200 2002

Voices and choices

by Pam Hibbert

An innovative report that presents learning from young people's participation in inspections of children's homes, carried out by a consortium of voluntary agencies.
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£2.50
200300 2003

Just one click

by Tink Palmer

A stark report showing how internet and mobile phone technology act as a conduit for abuse.
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£2.50
200400 2004

What works in building resilience?

by Tony Newman

This book focuses on the assets of children and families, rather than their problems, and moves beyond simply reviewing theoretical research to examining the interventions that actively promote resilience.
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£11.99
200500 2005

Meeting with respect pack

by Lorell Webster

A resource pack for professionals who want to develop child centred meetings in any area of social work.
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£30.00
200600 2006

Inclusive Education in primary schools - supporting children with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties

by Karen Knamiller and Mary Duffy

This pack offers a holistic approach to supporting inclusive education and explores ways of working with children, parents/carers, teachers and volunteer befrienders.
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£85.00
200600 2006

Reality check

Based on young people's own accounts, this DVD and toolkit gives care workers a valuable opportunity to reflect on and improve practice.
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£30.00
 

Module 1: Using research evidence in practice: an introduction - Trainer's pack

by Sarah Frost

All you need to run your own training on this module. The module contains session plans, learning outcomes, group activities and a CD of handouts and slides.
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£22.00
200600 2006

Module 1: Using research evidence in practice: an introduction - Learner's pack

by Sarah Frost

This module of The Evidence Guide covers areas including: - what we mean by research evidence and why we need to use it - identifying the factors that affect practitioner decision making and the role of research - why not all evidence is equal and challenging claims to authority - appraising the obstacles/enablers to using research in practice - make sense of research jargon.
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£12.00
 

Module 2: Locating research evidence in five steps - Trainer's pack

by Sarah Frost

All you need to run your own training on this module. The module pack includes session plans, learning outcomes, group activities and a CD of handouts and slides.
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£22.00
 

Module 2: Locating research evidence in five steps - Learner's pack

by Sarah Frost

This module of The Evidence Guide covers areas including - how to formulate a search question and strategy on a specific practice issue - identifying key search terms and making the search sufficiently broad/narrow - looking for research using the internet and online resources - using gateways and databases to find research - how to get full copies of research papers.
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Module 3: Appraising and reviewing research evidence - Trainer's pack

by Sarah Frost

All you need to run your own training on this module. The module pack includes session plans, learning outcomes, group activities and a CD of handouts and slides.
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£22.00
 

Module 3: Appraising and reviewing research evidence - Learner's pack

by Sarah Frost

This module of The Evidence Guide covers areas including: - research design understanding quantitative and qualitative methods - the different types of questions that quantitative and qualitative research can answer - a gentle guide to statistics and qualitative research methods - the importance of critical appraisal, tried and tested critical thinking tools provided.
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Module 4: Adapting and applying evidence: issues for individual practitioners and organisations - Trainer's pack

by Sarah Frost

This module of The Evidence Guide covers areas including: - the evaluation cycle - what are trying to achieve - outcome or output knowing the difference and measuring them - selecting indicators and identifying sources of evidence - what and when planning your evaluation - how methods and tools for collecting and recording data - analysing and presenting evaluation data - reflecting on practice, learning from and sharing the findings.
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Module 4: Adapting and applying evidence: issues for individual practitioners and organisations - Learner's pack

by Sarah Frost

This module of The Evidence Guide covers areas including: - practical paths to becoming an evidence-based organisation - identifying obstacles to acting on evidence - increasing access to evidence for practitioners, team managers and project leaders - presenting evidence to achieve change and developing dissemination plans - predicting and responding to resistance.
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£12.00
 

Module 5: Outcome-focused evaluation - Trainer's pack

by Sarah Frost

All you need to run your own training on this module. The module pack includes session plans, learning outcomes, group activities and a CD of handouts and slides.
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£25.00
 

Module 5: Outcome-focused evaluation - Learner's pack

by Sarah Frost

This module of The Evidence Guide covers areas including: - the evaluation cycle - what are trying to achieve - outcome or output knowing the difference and measuring them - selecting indicators and identifying sources of evidence - what and when planning your evaluation - how methods and tools for collecting and recording data - analysing and presenting evaluation data - reflecting on practice, learning from and sharing the findings
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£15.00
 

The Evidence Guide - the complete five modules

by Sarah Frost

Helps social care professionals find, judge and apply research evidence in practice. This easy to use modular resource is perfect for anyone - from commisioning managers to social work students - wanting to know how to make better use of research evidence in practice and service development.
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£140.00
 

Where we are at

A fun, interactive CD-ROM developed through research in Barnardo's projects.
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£12.99
 

Stay OK

An animated film designed by and for children to keep their bodies safe.
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£41.13
200700 2007

Aiming for High

Replace fear with fun and help children prepare for the move to high school. This big box pack is full of games, activities and an animated film (DVD) to help deal with children's anxieties.
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£150.00
 

Your Choice DVD

This film drama and work book explore the story of Matt and Aiden, who sexually assault Ellie.
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£85.00
 

Offside Workbook with DVD

This film and workbook explore appropriate teenage relationships and challenge sexual beliefs that can be associated with harmful sexual behaviour.
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£63.75
200700 2007

It Could be Anyone - Evaluation of London Prevention Education Programme (Child Sexual Exploitation)

by Paula Skidmore and Barbara Robinson

This evaluation reports on an education programme on child sexual exploitation, which used the Barnardo's Bwise2 Sexual Exploitation pack.
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About self-harm

This concise booklet explains why young people self-harm, dispels some common myths and provides information about accessing help and support.
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200700 2007

A practitioner's guide to interagency working in children's centres

by Karen McInnes

This literature review draws together best practice guidance on interagency working at the operational level, with a specific focus on the implications for children¿s centres; directly useful for practitioners.
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Keeping the family in mind

This report explores the lives and needs of children and young people who care for parents with mental health problems.
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201000 2010

Making plans: Using Family Group conferencing to reduce the impact of caring on young people

by Naomi Clewett, Martha Slowley and Jane Glover

This briefing describes how this short-term method of service delivery can reduce the amount and impact of caring by young people.
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200300 2003

Meeting the needs of black and minority ethnic young carers

by Helen Mills

This literature review and research study explores the current situation for BME young carers and draws practical conclusions that suggest how the service can best support its users.
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Failed by the system

by Pam Hibbert

This survey reveals the shocking educational disadvantage faced by children in care.
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200300 2003

FAIM Funday consultation report: What young people want from a foster care service

by Polly Wright

Creative methods were used to consult 27 children and young people looked after in Merseyside.
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200400 2004

Improving outcomes for young people leaving care in Brent

by Daniel Clay and Rachel Dowling

Executive summary of research, conducted by Barnardo's for the London Borough of Brent, to inform development of services for looked after children and care leavers.
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200300 2003

Mental health of looked after children and young people in public care

by Christine Cocker, Sara Scott, Claire Turner and Nicola Smith

This study reviews the provision of specialist mental health services available to looked after children in England and other European countries.
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Missing from care in Staffordshire

by Di McNeish and Sara Scott

This report presents the findings of a study to explore policy and practice in relation to children and young people going missing from care in Staffordshire.
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200500 2005

Use of secure accommodation and alternative provisions for sexually exploited young people in Scotland

by Chris Creegan, Sara Scott and Rachel Smith

This report presents findings from research on the use of secure accommodation for young people involved in or at risk of involvement in sexual exploitation in Scotland.
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200800 2008

Effective work with sexually exploited children and young people

This paper outlines Barnardo's expertise in the area of sexually exploited children and young people.
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200700 2007

Tipping the Iceberg

by Julie Harris and Barbara Robinson

A pan Sussex study of young people at risk of sexual exploitation and trafficking, the objective of this 12 month research was to establish the level and nature of current need for services amongst young people at risk of sexual exploitation in Sussex.
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200700 2007

Blueprint of experience: Working to prevent and reduce child sexual exploitation in the UK, Netherlands and Estonia

This report outlines lessons learned from European work with children and young people at risk of sexual exploitation.
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200400 2004

Daphne programme report - What works in child sexual exploitation: sharing and learning

This report analysed and shared effective strategies for preventing child sexual exploitation and supporting victims in the UK and Netherlands.
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200700 2007

Forgotten and failed

This report examines what progress has been made in protecting children in London from sexual exploitation since 2005 when Barnardo¿s published their two year research ¿Meeting the needs of sexually exploited young people in London¿.
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Meeting the needs of sexually exploited young people in London

by Zoe Harper and Sara Scott

Presenting the findings of a two year study into young people at risk of sexual exploitation, this research suggests only around half of those young people at risk are currently being identified or supported.
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Reducing the risk - Barnardo's support for sexually exploited young people. A two-year evaluation

by Sara Scott and Paula Skidmore

This report evaluates ten Barnardo's services that support young people involved in or at risk of sexual exploitation.
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199500 1995

Splintered lives: Sexual exploitation of children in the context of children's rights and child protection

by Liz Kelly, Rachel Wingfield, Shelia Burton and Linda Regan

This 1995 report documents legislative, policy and practice responses to sexual exploitation and highlights gaps in knowledge.
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200400 2004

Taking stock: Children and young people at risk of, or involved in, abuse through prostitution in Stockton-on-Tees

by Crawley, Roberts and Shepherd

In this research both adults and children make recommendations about service and practice developments in the area of sexual exploitation.
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200700 2007

A process review of the Child Protection Reform Programme

by Brigid Daniel, Sharon Vincent, Sharon Ogilvie-Whyte

A process review of the Child Protection Reform Programme (CPRP), a three year initiative with the goal of improving protection of children at risk of neglect and reducing the number of children who need protection.
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200500 2005

Barnardo's/ Safer Gloucester report: Substance misusing parents and their children

by Karen McInnes and Tony Newman

A review of the support structures in Gloucester for substance misusing parents and their children.
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200200 2002

Beyond borders: Protecting children on the island of Ireland - conference report

This multi-agency conference on safeguarding children in Ireland generated considerable political and media interest and in response to demand, this conference report was subsequently produced.
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200200 2002

Bullying - A research review

by Jennifer Holliday

This review identifies risk factors, protective factors, impact upon children and promising interventions in the field of bullying.
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200600 2006

Help At Hand - an evaluation report of a programme of activities promoting alternatives to smacking children

by Vikki Butler and Dr. Sam Clutton

This report examines attitudes towards smacking and outlines the most effective means of encouraging parents to adopt non violent methods of managing children's behaviour.
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200200 2002

Promoting safe play and hanging out - a research review

by Nick Jenkins

This review explores risk and protective factors for children playing and reviews a number of interventions aimed at reducing children¿s leisure injuries.
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200400 2004

Reduce speed now: Stop, look and listen

This joint report with Transport 2000 looks at road safety issues and their effects on children.
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200600 2006

Domestic abuse in Northern Somerset: a scoping exercise

by Karen McInnes and Tony Newman

This research, carried out by Barnardo¿s Southwest in 2006 on behalf of North Somerset Crime and Drugs Partnership, scopes services for families experiencing domestic violence.
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200300 2003

Are you listening? What disabled children and young people in Wales think about the services they use

by Claire Turner

The report of a consultation with disabled children and young people, commissioned by the Welsh Assembly Government and carried out by Barnardo¿s and NCH Cymru.
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200500 2005

Big lottery fund home care for children with life threatening/limiting conditions in Northumberland and Tyne and Wear

by Malcolm Stone, Val Bagnall, Jo Little, Ann Mcfadyen, Christine English, Sarah Armstrong, Susan Musson, Jackie Bolam and Helen Little

An account of the initial stages of the development of these services for children, up to September 2005.
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200300 2003

Breathing space: community support for children on long term ventilation

by Anna Ludvigsen and Jan Morrison

Report looking at the experiences of children who need long term ventilation ¿ including children staying in hospital for prolonged periods because of lack of co-ordinated care in the community.
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200300 2003

Cognitive behaviour therapy for behavioural problems and conduct disorder in pre-adolescence

by Joughin, C.

Examining the role of cognitive behaviour therapies for pre-adolescent children.
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Don't push me around! Disabled children's experiences of wheelchair services in the UK

by Neera Sharma with Jan Morrison

A joint Barnardo's and Whizz-Kids report highlighting concerns about the current state of wheelchair provision for children in the UK.
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200400 2004

I want to play too: developing inclusive play strategies for disabled children and young people

by Fiona Ward, Chloe Elliott and Caroline Day

This booklet presents practical ideas from initiatives developed by Barnardo's North West.
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200500 2005

Let's play together

by Anna Ludvigsen, Chris Creegan and Helen Mills

Looks at ninety five Better Play Programme funded projects and their experience of developing inclusive play strategies that stress the importance of including all children, disabled and non-disabled.
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200100 2001

A review of key worker schemes for children with disabilities and development of information for parents, children and professionals

by Kristin Liabo, Tony Newman, Jo Stephens and Kathy Lowe

Identifies the main issues arising from the literature around the key worker¿s role, family needs and managing the key worker system.
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200900 2009

Improving opportunities and outcomes for parents with mental health needs and their children

by Rebecca Fowler, Barbara Robinson and Sara Scott

This report, produced by Barnardo's Policy and Research Unit and DMSS Research and Consultancy, analyses the work of the Action 16 outcomes partnership 2005-2008, which aimed to find ways of improving opportunities and outcomes for parents with mental health needs and their children.
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200700 2007

Parents in Hospital: How mental health services can best promote family contact when a parent is in hospital

by Barbara Robinson and Sara Scott

This review of contact arrangements in Mental Health settings investigated the policies, arrangements and facilities that promote contact between parents and children when a parent is in hospital.
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200800 2008

Family Minded: supporting children in families affected by mental illness

by Jane Evans and Rebecca Fowler

What is it like to be a child with a parent who is mentally ill - and how does Barnardo's make a difference? This report looks at the issues involved and recommends changes to the help families are given.
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200400 2004

Burger boy, sporty girl; what children say about school meals

by Anna Ludvigsen and Neera Sharma

Lifting the lid on a nation of children who accept junk food as the staple school diet, and the media and peer influences at play on them.
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Child health: What works and what counts?

by Dr Mary Duffy and Diana McNeish

Outlines broad patterns in healthcare and illustrates why efforts to reduce inequalities should focus on implementing interventions for which there is good evidence of effectiveness.
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200500 2005

Child Rights and Resilience Conference Notes - Geneva

In June 2005 the International Catholic Child Bureau hosted an international consultation on Child Rights and Resilience in Geneva.
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200700 2007

Index of wellbeing for children in Scotland report

by John McLaren

Barnardo¿s Scotland has produced an Index of well-being for Children in Scotland. The index ranks outcomes for children in Scotland on a range of measures and compares Scotland with other OECD countries.
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200200 2002

Interchange 78 - Transitions in the lives of children and young people: resilience factors

A report describing effective strategies in health, education and social work for helping children to cope with periods of transition and change by promoting resilience.
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200200 2002

Promoting children's emotional health - a research review

by Rachel Smith

Examines the impact of emotional ill-health upon children and young people. The review looks at potential risk and protection factors and interventions promoting resilience.
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200600 2006

Raising awareness and promoting positive mental health and well-being among young people - The role of peer support

by Sharon Vincent, Susie Warden and Mary Duffy

The report presents the findings of a research study which explored young people's views and experiences of peer support.
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Feedback from young people on the SEU recommendations for young runaways - Report for the Social Exclusion Unit

by Claire Turner and Samantha Jagusz

Keen to make recommendations that would really make a difference to runaways, the SEU commissioned Barnardo's to carry out a consultation with young people themselves. Find out what they said.
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Give us a chance: young people's views on social issues

Young people from over the UK call on Government to listen to their views in this report.
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200600 2006

Involving young people in research: Want to know what young people think about bullying?

by Pip Tyler, Claire Turner and Helen Mills

Barnardo¿s Policy and Research unit trained a group of young people to be researchers and carry out interviews with Yorkshire service users about their experiences of bullying.
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200200 2002

Learning from Barnardo's Voice initiative

by Angela Hutton, Samantha Jagusz, Kate Sugden and Claire Turner

The Voice initiative piloted employing young, mostly care experienced, workers to encourage participation and build links with Barnardo¿s service users.
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200200 2002

Taking part toolkit: promoting the real participation of children and young people ¿ summary

by Polly Wright and Deena Haydon

For any agency that works with children and young people. The toolkit includes a report, a resource pack, participation standards and an audit tool.
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Whose government is it anyway?

by Kristin Liabo, Simone Sadiq, Jo Stephens and Claire Turner. Edited by Annabel Warburg

What do young people think about the issues that really affect them? Find out in this report.
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201000 2010

Not present and not correct: Understanding and preventing school exclusions

by Jane Evans

Not present and not correct draws on Barnardo's experience of working with young people at risk of exclusion to present an in-depth, costed study of four models of early intervention and alternative provision which support young people to continue learning and manage their behaviour for the long term.
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201000 2010

Unlocking the gates: Giving disadvantaged children a fairer deal in school admissions

by Barnardo's Policy and Research Unit

This report, tackles the issue of fair admissions to secondary schools in England.
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201000 2010

Not the End of the Story: supporting teenage mothers back into education

by Jane Evans with Martha Slowley

This report shows that, while pregnancy presents real challenges for very young mothers, it should not mean the end of education or abandonment of ambitions for the future.
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200900 2009

Second chances: Re-engaging young people in education and training

by Jane Evans, Deborah Meyer, Anne Pinney and Barbara Robinson

Second Chances dispels the stereotype that young people not in employment, education or training (NEET) are 'idle' or 'feckless', hanging around on street corners rather than getting a job.
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200700 2007

Young people's experiences of, and solutions to, identity related bullying: Research report

by Vikki Butler

This research, involving 77 young people, examines young people¿s experiences of bullying- not just those who are bullied, but also young people who bully and young people who witness bullying in day to day life.
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200700 2007

Staying on - briefing paper and DVD

by Anne Pinney and Alison Worsley

This briefing asks young people's views on the Government's plans to make young people stay on in education or training until they are 18.
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200600 2006

St Helen's school and Vincent Street homezone feasibility study

by J. Bevan, V. Butler and G. Gibson

This report looks at young people's experiences of outdoor play in Swansea.
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200100 2001

Obliterating the limits: can arts projects raise pupil achievement and encourage participation in the process of change?

by Katherine Curtis, Tony Newman and Jo Stephens

Obliterating the limits: can arts projects raise pupil achievement and encourage participation in the process of change?
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200500 2005

Research report phase one of the Generation 2020 project

by Vikki Butler

This report presents a model for undertaking participatory research with 6-11 year olds; findings regarding children¿s access to services and recommendations for service development.
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200600 2006

SCIE practice guide 6: Involving children and young people in developing social care

The guide proposes that organisations adopt a whole systems approach to participation.
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200400 2004

Food poverty in the school holidays

by Owen Gill and Neera Sharma

Looking at the issues facing parents on income support during the school holidays, this report focuses particularly on the impact of the weeks with no free school meals.
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200500 2005

Evaluation of Wiltshire school start service - work in progress

by Rachel Dowling

An evaluation of the programme of work carried out at home, pre-school and in school settings with children and their families.
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200900 2009

Counting on Credit

by Tom Stewart

The Counting on credit report asks for stricter scrutiny of the pressure put on people to take out punitively high interest loans.
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200900 2009

Below the breadline: A year in the life of families in poverty

by Julie Harris, Morag Treanor and Neera Sharma

'Below the Breadline' is Barnardo's pioneering research project into the experiences and events that shape the lives of families living in poverty.
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Postcards from home

by Neera Sharma and Rachel Dowling

This report looks at the experience of disabled children and their families in the school holidays.
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Do community-based support services benefit bereaved children? A review of empirical evidence

by Katherine Curtis and Tony Newman

This review looks at interventions outside a clinical setting and their impact on children¿s well being.
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200400 2004

Evaluation of Tower Hamlets Community Play Project

by Chris Creegan, Anna Ludvigsen, Daniel Clay and Sara Scott

This report of the results of an evaluation carried out between April and December of 2003 looks at effective ways of engaging and working with young people, how play can promote social inclusion and effective ways of supporting local community groups in delivering services.
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200500 2005

Middlesbrough alcohol strategy

by Dr Malcolm Stone

Connexions Tee Valley commissioned this report collating data to inform the development of a multi-agency strategy addressing alcohol use by 10 to 19 years olds in Middlesbrough.
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201101 Jan 2011

Puppet On A String - reveals the urgent need to cut children free from sexual exploitation

This report outlines what is known about the scale and nature of sexual exploitation across the UK and points to some worrying new trends identified by Barnardo's 22 specialist services.
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201000 2010

From playground to prison: the conveyor belt to crime

This report examines the latest available data for 10 and 11 year olds in the criminal justice system and finds that the current process is not the most effective and cost-efficient way of dealing with their offending.
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201000 2010

Every Night You Cry: The realities of having a parent in prison

by Jane Glover

Every Night You Cry reports on the poor outcomes of children with a parent in prison, and highlights findings from an audit of children's plans that too many local authorities are failing to address their needs.
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200900 2009

Locking up or giving up? Why custody thresholds for teenagers aged 12, 13 and 14 needs to be raised

by Jane Glover and Pam Hibbert

This report outlines the findings from an analysis of the cases of 214 children aged 12, 13 and 14 who were sentenced to a Detention and Training Order in 2007/8 (46% of the total for this age group).
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School's out, or is it?

by Anne Pinney and Alison Worsley

This briefing is based on research with 30 young people aged 13-18 years, in three Barnardo's alternative education and training services in the North East - Palmersville Training, The Base and B76.
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200700 2007

Professional briefing on family mediation in Northern Ireland: research and practice

by Jane Glover

This briefing outlines the findings from an evaluation of Newry Family Resource Centre's mediation service.
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200800 2008

Locking up or giving up - is custody for children always the right answer?

by Jane Glover and Pam Hibbert

This briefing examines the latest available government data for England and Wales (1996-2006) and reveals that despite continued low levels of violent crime, the use of custody for children aged 10-14 has increased 550%.
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200700 2007

It doesn't happen here - The reality of child poverty in the uk

by Neera Sharma with a commentary by Donald Hirsch

The lives of 3.8 million children in the UK - one in three are blighted by poverty. This report is based on interviews with over 40 families with whom Barnardo's works.
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200500 2005

The end of the road - report on asylum and immigration

by Nancy Kelley and Lise Meldgaard

This report gives evidence of the serious damage being done to vulnerable children by a new asylum and immigration policy.
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200900 2009

Whose Child Now?

by Lisa Stacey

Barnardo's report "Whose Child Now?" revisits the issue of child sexual exploitation 11 years on from our first report in 1998, 'Whose Daughter Next?'
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201000 2010

Lost in transition: the urgent need to help young school leavers in the recession

by Nicola Smith and Anne Pinney

At last Autumn¿s party conferences, Barnardo¿s highlighted the urgent need to help over 200,000 young school leavers across the UK who were already trapped in unemployment.
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200900 2009

Supporting Prisoners' Families

by Naomi Clewett and Jane Glover

Supporting Prisoners' Families outlines Barnardo's work with children and families of prisoners across the UK.
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201103 Mar 2011

On our Own Two Feet

Barnardo's is working in partnership with Action for Children to call on the Government to set up an asset-based savings account (ISA) for looked after children.
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201000 2010

In Loco Parentis - A Demos report commissioned by Barnardo's

by Celia Hannon, Claudia Wood and Louise Bazalgette

The report examines what the care system would look like if it were reconfigured to avoid the delay, instability and abrupt transitions that many young people still experience and demonstrates that a smoother, more proactive care system could also be less costly to the state.
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201102 Feb 2011

No Fixed Abode: the accommodation struggle for young people leaving custody in England

by Jane Glover and Naomi Clewett

This report shows that children as young as 13 are being released from custody into unsuitable and unsafe housing, leaving them vulnerable to reoffending at huge cost to themselves, society and the Exchequer.
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History of Barnardo's from 1845 to the present day

Learn about the history and work of the UK's biggest children's charity.
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Barnardo's Children

A history of Barnardo's work with children.
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201000 2010

Let's find out about Barnardo's

Learn about the history and work of the UK's biggest children's charity. For Key Stage 2, ages: 7-11.
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201000 2010

Barnardo's timeline

Download, print off and display your very long timeline in your classroom (or take it home) and find out about major historical events in the UK and at Barnardo's.
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Barnardo's Eggciting Challenge (Primary School - Key Stages 1 and 2)

This fun activity gives children the chance to decorate a hard boiled egg. Their challenge is to look after it for a week.
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Barnardo's Big Bean Challenge (Primary School - Key Stages 1 and 2)

This practical activity challenges children to plant and care for their own runner bean and watch it grow into a beanstalk.
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Barnardo's Big Bounce (Primary School - Key Stages 1 and 2)

This entertaining activity challenges children to bounce as many times as they can, using different types of bouncing. Children will understand the importance of daily exercise whilst also learning about the physical effects on the body.
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Barnardo's Care and Share Challenge (Primary School - Key Stages 1 and 2)

Take up the Care and Share Challenge for a fun take on friends and friendships, and you could be helping fund Barnardo's work with children seriously affected by bullying.
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Barnardo's Big Bauble Challenge (Primary School - Key Stages 1 and 2)

Design a bauble for your class Christmas tree or wall, make a wish that will help make a child's life better, and raise money to help make your wish come true.
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Year 7 Lesson plan 1 - Discover Barnardo's and the charity sector

Here children will gain an understanding of the charity sector as a whole, Barnardo¿s development over the ages and the plight of vulnerable children in the UK.
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Year 7 lesson plan 2 - Understanding Barnardo's Communication with the Public (Part One)

Pupils will engage with posters from previous Barnardo's advertising campaigns. They will assess the communication materials¿ effectiveness by examining language devices, imagery and general form.
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Year 7 lesson plan 3 - Understanding Barnardo's Communication with the Public (Part Two)

Building on the previous lessons work pupils will be asked to compare the effectiveness of different posters.
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Year 7 lesson plan 4 - Create your Own Poster for Barnardo's

Pupils will use their media analysis skills to make their own poster for Barnardo's.
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A Barnardo's Northern Ireland policy and practice briefing: Troubled children or children in trouble?

by Gerry Gorman and Pat McGeough with Margaret Kelly

A summary of issues and findings from two partnership services, co-ordinated by Barnardo's Northern Ireland, which have developed community based services for young people at risk of entering care or custody.
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Sure Start Hartcliffe, Highridge and Withywood Evaluation of the Family Link Worker Service

by Karen McInnes and Emma Burton

This evaluation looked at the organisation and delivery of the family link worker service at Hartcliffe, Highridge and Withywood Sure Start local programme.
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'What works for children' initiative

City and York universities, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, have been working with Barnardo's to explore how research can be applied to childcare practice.
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200400 2004

SCIE Knowledge review 07: Improving the use of research in social care practice

by Isabel Walter, Sandra Nutley, Janie Percy-Smith, Di McNeish and Sarah Frost

This review examines effective ways of promoting research use in social care, explores models of research use that include staff at different levels and settings in social care, and looks at what organisational structures are needed to realise the aim of using research to improve practice.
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200000 2000

Making connections linking research and practice summary

by Mike Hughes, Diana McNeish, Tony Newman, Helen Roberts and Darshan Sachdev

The purpose of this report is to review of factors which promote or inhibit the dissemination of social care research and its application in practice.
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Committed to Rights (part 1) - Good practice case studies

Good practice examples illustrating how participatory work can improve outcomes for children in trouble.
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Committed to Rights (part 2) - Information sheets

Good practice examples illustrating how participatory work can improve outcomes for children in trouble.
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Committed to Rights (part 3) - self-auditing checklists

Good practice examples illustrating how participatory work can improve outcomes for children in trouble.
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Committed to Rights (part 4) - Synopsis of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

Good practice examples illustrating how participatory work can improve outcomes for children in trouble.
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201104 Apr 2011

Reaching families in need: Learning from practice in Barnardo's Children's Centres

by Barnardo's Policy and Research Unit

This briefing highlights good practice enabling Sure Start Children's Centres to extend their reach to the most vulnerable and disadvantaged families.
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200800 2008

Like any other child? Children and families in the asylum process

by John Reacroft

Like Any Other Child?, highlights the abject poverty, racial harassment and demoralising uncertainty, faced by children and families in the asylum system (Martin Narey, Barnardo's former Chief Executive).
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200700 2007

Keeping the Family in Mind Resource Pack (2nd Edition)

by Louise Wardale

Back by popular demand, the 2nd Edition of the Keeping the Family has new and improved contents. The pack is aimed at anyone who works with parents with mental health difficulties, their children and their families, and is designed to raise awareness of the issues that they face.
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£34.99
200600 2006

Protecting self and keeping safe

by Mel Foley

WINNER - Children & Young People's Services "Stay Safe Award" 2006. A pack of materials for social workers, teachers & youth leaders to use in delivering effective education on sexual exploitation.
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Nae Danger

Made by young people who have been affected by sexual exploitation, Nae Danger looks at issues around risk and keeping safe.
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£150.00
201109 Sep 2011

Tough love, not get tough: Responsive approaches to improving behaviour in schools

by Jane Evans

This briefing shows that schools which succeed in engaging children and improving behaviour for the long term respond to their pupils' needs by offering an authoritative approach to discipline which addresses the underlying causes of bad behaviour, which often lie in problems at home.
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201109 Sep 2011

Reducing the risk, cutting the cost: An assessment of the potential savings on Barnardo's interventions for young people who have been sexually exploited

by Laura Blazey

This research briefing outlines the potential cost implications of failing to protect children and young people from child sexual exploitation.
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201009 Sep 2010

Looked after children with additional support needs in Scotland

by Jessica Cundy and Mary Duffy

This research was commissioned by the Equality and Human Rights Commission Scotland to develop a fuller understanding of the issues facing looked after children with additional support needs, and the systems and processes that provide them with additional support for learning.
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201111 Nov 2011

Levelling the playing field

by Jessica Cundy, with economic analysis by Ritu Patwari

This short report highlights Barnardo's work to support vulnerable 16 and 17-year-olds into education, employment and training. The report makes four key recommendations about making social mobility a reality for these young people.
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201112 Dec 2011

A vicious cycle

by Ivan Mathers and Neera Sharma

A vicious cycle shows how problem debt can have a persistent and invasive impact on the lives of families struggling to live on low incomes.
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201201 Jan 2012

Cutting them free: How is the UK progressing in protecting its children from sexual exploitation?

by Policy, Research & Media

To mark the anniversary of the Cut them free campaign we've published a new report Cutting them free: How is the UK progressing in protecting its children from sexual exploitation.
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201202 Feb 2012

Staying the course

by Policy, Research & Media

Staying the Course takes a close, initial look at the new 16-19 Bursary Fund for England and its impact on disadvantaged 16 to 19-year-olds in education and training.
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201202 Feb 2012

Priced Out

by Policy, Research & Media

This report highlights the pervasive impact of escalating fuel costs on the poorest families who are spending £442 less than they need to keep their homes heated to an adequate standard of warmth. The report makes a number of recommendations and urges the UK Government and the Welsh Assembly to work with Ofgem and the 'big six' energy companies to address the issue of fuel poverty through a number of measures which include making sure that all customers, including those on pre-payment meters, are on the lowest tariffs.
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201209 Sep 2012

Mind the Gap: Ensuring All Disadvantaged Children Benefit from the Pupil Premium

New Barnardo's research out today finds that the Government's pupil premium funding - introduced last year to improve the education outcomes of the country's poorest children - does not adequately support all disadvantaged children through their education.
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The Value of Early Intervention

This report evidences the value of early intervention based on a sample of Barnardo's Children's Centres services.
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201110 Oct 2011

Not a world away: The sexual exploitation of children and young people in Northern Ireland

by Dr Helen Beckett

This research report indicates the prevalence and character of child sexual exploitation across Northern Ireland. It shows that this abuse affects both young females and young males. It also highlights how those with existing vulnerabilities experience a disproportionate risk.
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201206 Jun 2012

Tackling child sexual exploitation: Helping local authorities to develop effective responses

by Dr Caroline Paskell, with the Local Government Association

This practice briefing outlines the key components of effective local action on child sexual exploitation. It draws on good practice examples to show how local authorities, police and other core agencies can work together to ensure young people are better protected, and victims of this abuse are better identified and supported.
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201212 Dec 2012

Are we nearly there yet, Dad?

by Jessica Cundy

Supporting young dads' journeys through fatherhood
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201301 Jan 2013

Paying to work: childcare and child poverty

New Barnardo's research out today highlights how the high cost of childcare will cause substantial difficulties for many parents seeking to enter work, or work longer hours, once the Government's new Universal Credit system is introduced.
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200900 2009

Every Night You Cry: Case studies of 15 Bristol families with a father in prison

by Owen Gill

This report has been produced to raise awareness of the emotional and practical impact that the imprisonment of a father has on his children and family.
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201000 2010

She just cries and cries: Case studies of Devon families with a father in prison

by Owen Gill

This report has been produced to raise awareness of the emotional and practical impact that the imprisonment of a father has on his children and family.
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201303 Mar 2013

What Works in Achieving Adoption for Looked After Children: An Overview of Evidence for the Coram/Barnardo's Partnership

by Di McNeish & Sara Scott, DMSS Research

This review was commissioned by Barnardo's and Coram to support our partnership initiative which provides consultancy and support to local authorities with the aim of increasing the number of children adopted from care and reducing delays in making and implementing decisions about adoptive placements. This work forms part of the Department for Education 'Pathways to Permanency project'.
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201301 Jan 2013

Developing pathways into children and family services for mothers involved in the criminal justice system

by Owen Gill

This briefing report has been developed to support links and partnership working between professionals in the criminal justice system and in children and family services.
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201305 May 2013

Still our children

by Barnardo's

Seven organisations, Barnardo's, The Care Leavers Association, Catch22, the Fostering Network, TACT, Voice and The Who Cares? Trust - are calling on the Government to reform the system in a new briefing, "Still Our Children", published today.
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201304 Apr 2013

Children affected by the imprisonment of a family member: A handbook for schools developing good practice

by Owen Gill and Julia Morgan

The handbook is a practical resource to help schools support the children of prisoners. It covers the main research and gives examples of good practice. It provides checklists that schools can use to ensure they are doing everything possible to support this very vulnerable group. It also includes an A3 poster for display which emphasises that the school supports children of prisoners.
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201305 May 2013

Working with children with a parent in prison: Messages for practice from two Barnardo's pilot services

by Owen Gill and May Jacobson Deegan

This report highlights the practice learning emerging from two of our pilot services based in the community that worked with children and their families affected by imprisonment.
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201306 Jun 2013

An evaluation of the Keighley Choices Programme

by Home Office and Barnardo's

The Keighley Choices programme targeted the voluntary and community sector to support their involvement in preventing and reducing substance misuse and related offending by vulnerable young people aged 10-19 years. This evaluation examines the extent to which Keighley Choices increased the capacity of local organisations to identify and respond appropriately to children and young people at risk of substance misuse and/or offending.
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201307 Jul 2013

Running away from hate to what you think is love

by Barnardo's and Paradigm Research

Our new report, produced in collaboration with Paradigm Research and funded by Comic Relief is the culmination of one to one interviews with more than 40 children from a range of backgrounds who have run away and been victims of sexual exploitation before the age of 16. Their experiences starkly demonstrate the variety of reasons why children choose to runaway and how easily they can find themselves at risk and in danger of being sexually exploited. The research also shows that running away can be the result of having been exploited for sex.
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201204 Apr 2012

Under fives and their families affected by imprisonment: A handbook for Sure Start Children's Centres

by Owen Gill

This handbook is a practical resource to help Sure Start Children's Centres support children and their families affected by imprisonment.
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£6.00
201011 Nov 2010

Beyond the Rhetoric of Youth Homelessness

by Barnardo's

Understanding what brings young people to the point of homelessness and what can be done to improve the support available to them.
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201106 Jun 2011

The complexity of girls' social interactions and the impact of negative peer relationships

by Menna Thomas

A look into negative peer relationships and bullying amongst girls, and improvement of solutions to girls' bullying.
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201106 Jun 2011

Experiences of illegal school exclusions in Wales: a qualitative study

by Victoria Butler

An examination of illegal school exclusions: the reasons for illegal exclusions, the impacts on the child and their families and detailed recommendations to avoid illegal exclusions.
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201106 Jun 2011

Delivery of advocacy services for children and young people aged 0-25 in Wales

by Tim Ruscoe

Report on the delivery of advocacy services to children in Wales.
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201210 Oct 2012

Family support for children and families affected by imprisonment: A handbook for Families First services in Wales

by Barnardo's

This handbook is designed to be an accessible aid to practice for busy staff and their managers as they strive to develop their reach to the children and families of prisioners.
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201207 Jul 2012

Commissioning for Better Outcomes

by Jessica Cundy

Understanding local authority and voluntary sector experiences of family services commissioning in England.
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201310 Oct 2013

Sexual Exploitation: Sex, Secrets and Lies

'Sexual Exploitation - Sex, Secrets & Lies', Your Guide examines the risks young people face and explore ways of keeping safe. The colourful, easy to read booklet is illustrated and has been designed to be used by young people as well as family members and carers who are concerned about the safety of young people.
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199001 Jan 1990

Play Safe

by Rosemary Pickering and Anne Wilson

Safety finger rhymes for groups of children 2-6 years
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201312 Dec 2013

Families in need of food parcels - the food poverty crisis unwrapped

by Barnardo's

Christmas dinner can often be food parcel for many children, a Barnardo's report reveals, because rising living costs and changes to the welfare system are driving increasing numbers of vulnerable families to use emergency food services. Between 2007 and 2012, food prices rose between 19 per cent and 47 per cent. The cost of essentials such as food and fuel also increased, as benefits were cut, reducing the income of the poorest households. "Families in need of food parcels: the food poverty crisis unwrapped", is a nationwide survey of Barnardo's services which explores families' growing use of emergency food schemes. It found 94% of applicable projects reporting an increased or high demand for food banks or vouchers in the past year.
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201401 Jan 2014

Health impact of sexual exploitation on adolescents

by Department of Health and Chanon Consulting

Appendix to Health Working Group Report on Child Sexual Exploitation The independent national Health Working Group on Child Sexual Exploitation has published a report designed to help health services improve the health and wellbeing of children who have experienced sexual exploitation. The report makes recommendations on how NHS, local authority and other health commissioners and practitioners can help protect children, identify and intervene in cases of child sexual exploitation and help children with recovery.
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201401 Jan 2014

Health impacts of child sexual exploitation

by Department of Health and Chanon Consulting

Appendix to Health Working Group Report on Child Sexual Exploitation. The independent national Health Working Group on Child Sexual Exploitation has published a report designed to help health services improve the health and wellbeing of children who have experienced sexual exploitation. The report makes recommendations on how NHS, local authority and other health commissioners and practitioners can help protect children, identify and intervene in cases of child sexual exploitation and help children with recovery.
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201307 Jul 2013

Running from hate to what you think is love (summary)

by Barnardo's and Paradigm Research

Our new report, produced in collaboration with Paradigm Research and funded by Comic Relief is the culmination of one to one interviews with more than 40 children from a range of backgrounds who have run away and been victims of sexual exploitation before the age of 16. Their experiences starkly demonstrate the variety of reasons why children choose to runaway and how easily they can find themselves at risk and in danger of being sexually exploited. The research also shows that running away can be the result of having been exploited for sex.
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201402 Feb 2014

Someone to Care Experiences of leaving care

by by Barnardo's

"Someone to Care" is based on face to face research with 62 care leavers and contrasts their emotional circumstances with the expectations we have for our own children.
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201307 Jul 2013

Working with children and young people who experience running away and child sexual exploitation: An evidence-based guide for practitioners

by Emilie Smeaton

The aim of this guide is to provide practitioners working with children and young people with learning from an action research study addressing the relationship between running away and child sexual exploitation (CSE) so that, where appropriate, this learning can be incorporated into direct practice.
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201405 May 2014

On the Outside: identifying and supporting children with a parent in prison

Barnardo's knows that children whose childhoods are disrupted for any reason face worse outcomes than children with more stable backgrounds. This is why we work directly with more than 200,000 vulnerable and disadvantaged children every year in 900 services across the UK.
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201407 Jul 2014

Evaluation of Barnardo's Safe Accommodation Project for Sexually Exploited and Trafficked Young People

by Lucie Shuker

The University of Bedfordshire valuated the Barnardo's Safe Accommodation Project, which piloted the use of specialist foster placements for young people at risk, or victims, of sexual exploitation and/or trafficking, for the first time in England, as well as providing training to foster carers and associated professionals, and 1-1 support to young people in other care settings.
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201409 Sep 2014

The Way Forward: a report for care leavers

by Natasha Slater

Our new report 'The way forward' shows research that Barnardo's has conducted with young people leaving care that we work with. This report shows what is important to them.
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201411 Nov 2014

Barnardos Domestic Violence Risk Identification Matrix

by Barnardos

For Proffessional usage to assess the risks to children from male to female domestic violence.
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201411 Nov 2014

Appendix 1 faith and culture safeguarding children checklist

by Barnardos

Appendix 1 faith and culture safeguarding children checklist
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