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Advocacy research and resources

Barnardo's Policy and Research Unit have conducted a wide variety of research into advocacy; how to effectively give young people a voice in decision making.

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These research resources can help practitioners, managers and service planners gain a deeper understanding of the issue and what works to improve outcomes for children and young people.

Latest advocacy research and resources

Find our latest advocacy research, policy documents, resources and publications below or search the full Barnardo's publications database.

Published date Publication Price
2017

Neglected Minds: A report on mental health support for younger people leaving care

by Nicola Smith

Type: Policy and research documents

This report looks at the mental health needs of care leavers and what could be done to better support them.
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Free
2016

Evaluation of Barnardo's Supported Lodgings

by Kate Sewel

Type: Policy and research documents

This report presents findings from an Evaluation of Barnardo's Supported Lodgings provision.

Supported lodgings provide family-based support to young people who cannot live with their own families and who are not yet ready for independent living.

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Free
2016

The National Independent Vistor Data Report

by Kris Graham and Alexandra Gordon

Type: Policy and research documents

The National Independent Visitor Development Project aims to raise awareness around the role of the independent visitor (IV) for looked after children.
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Free
2016

The National Independent Visitor Standards

by The National Independent Visitor Network

The National Independent Visitor Development Project aims to raise awareness around the role of the independent visitor (IV) for looked after children.
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Free
2015

How much do you know about Generation 'Selfie'?

by Barnardo's in partnership with Ipsos MORI

Type: Policy and research documents

This report is based on research conducted by Ipsos MORI into the views and concerns of young people, with a focus on those from the most disadvantaged background.
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Free
2015

Care leavers accommodation and support framework

by Barnardo's in partnership with St Basils

Type: Policy and research documents, Tools for professionals

Young people leaving care need somewhere safe and suitable to live to help them make a positive transition into adulthood. Good housing underpins success in other areas of life.
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Free
2015

Feels Like Home: Exploring the experiences of newcomer pupils in primary schools in Northern Ireland

by Dr Donna Kernaghan

Type: Policy and research documents

The overall purpose of this research was to investigate both the experiences of newcomer pupils and staff in primary schools in Northern Ireland.
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Free
2015

Locked Out: Children's Experience of Visiting a Parent in Prison

by Jane Evans

Type: Policy and research documents

Locked Out: children's experiences of visiting a parent in prison is a research report from Barnardo's based on conversations, interviews and focus groups with children who visit their father in prison. They told us that some changes need to be made to help them feel more comfortable about accessing their right to have contact with their father in difficult circumstances.
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Free
2014

The costs of not caring: Supporting English care leavers into independence

by Richard brady

Type: Policy and research documents

The Barnardo's report, The costs of not caring: supporting English care leavers into independence, is based on in-depth qualitative research with twenty care leavers and finds that some local children's services are placing care leavers in unsuitable housing with 'unrealistic' expectations as to how well they can cope with living alone.
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Free
2014

On My Own The accommodation needs of young people leaving care in England

by Strategy Unit

Type: Policy and research documents

On My Own reveals that vulnerable care leavers worry about the risk of becoming homeless and are experiencing severe difficulties with finding appropriate accommodation, having a choice in their housing and managing living alone for the first time.
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Free
2014

An unfair system. All babies count: spotlight on the criminal justice system.

by Susan Galloway, Alice Haynes and Chris Cuthbert

Type: Policy and research documents

This report is one of a series of Spotlight reports published as part of the NSPCCs All Babies Count campaign. All Babies Count aims to raise awareness of the importance of pregnancy and the first year of life to a child's development. Existing reports in this series explore the impact on babies of parental drug and alcohol misuse and perinatal mental illnesses.
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Free
2014

Hidden in Plain Sight: A Soping Study into the Sexual Exploitation of Boys and Young Men

Type: Policy and research documents

Over the last few years, there has been an increasing public and political focus on child sexual exploitation (CSE). Large-scale criminal trials have highlighted the issue and several research projects and reports have contributed to our understanding.1 However, the focus remains on female victims, with little attention given to males affected by sexual exploitation.
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Free
2014

Research on the Sexual Exploitation of Boys and Young Men: a UK Scoping Study

Type: Policy and research documents, Tools for professionals

Using qualitative and quantitative evidence, this research explores the ways in which boys and young men are being sexually exploited; the differences and similarities between male and female victims of sexual exploitation and what services are currently available for boys and young men.
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Free
2007

Index of wellbeing for children in Scotland report

by John McLaren

Type: Policy and research documents

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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Free
2007

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

by Louise Wardale

Type: Tools for professionals, DVD, videos and CDs

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
2006

St Helen's school and Vincent Street homezone feasibility study

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

Type: Policy and research documents

This report looks at young people's experiences of outdoor play in Swansea.
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Free
2006

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

by Pip Tyler, Claire Turner and Helen Mills

Type: Policy and research documents

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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Free
2006

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

Type: Policy and research documents

The guide proposes that organisations adopt a whole systems approach to participation.
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Free
2005

Meeting with respect pack

by Lorell Webster

Type: Tools for professionals

A resource pack for professionals who want to develop child centred meetings in any area of social work.
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£30.00
2005

Let's play together

by Anna Ludvigsen, Chris Creegan and Helen Mills

Type: Policy and research documents

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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Free
2005

Evaluation of Wiltshire school start service - work in progress

by Rachel Dowling

Type: Policy and research documents

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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Free
2005

Research report phase one of the Generation 2020 project

by Vikki Butler

Type: Policy and research documents

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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Free
2005

Child Rights and Resilience Conference Notes - Geneva

Type: Policy and research documents

In June 2005 the International Catholic Child Bureau hosted an international consultation on Child Rights and Resilience in Geneva.
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Free
2004

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

by Anna Ludvigsen and Neera Sharma

Type: Policy and research documents

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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Free
2004

Evaluation of Tower Hamlets Community Play Project

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

Type: Policy and research documents

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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Free
2004

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

by Fiona Ward, Chloe Elliott and Caroline Day

Type: Policy and research documents, Tools for professionals

This booklet presents practical ideas from initiatives developed by Barnardo's North West.
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Free
2003

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

by Claire Turner

Type: Policy and research documents

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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Free
2002

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

by Neera Sharma

Type: Policy and research documents

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
2002

Voices and choices

by Pam Hibbert

Type: Policy and research documents

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
2002

Learning from Barnardo's Voice initiative

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

Type: Policy and research documents

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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Free
2002

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

by Polly Wright and Deena Haydon

Type: Tools for professionals

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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Free
2002

Promoting children's emotional health - a research review

by Rachel Smith

Type: Policy and research documents

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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Free
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

Type: Policy and research documents

Obliterating the limits: can arts projects raise pupil achievement and encourage participation in the process of change?
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Free
2000

Counting the cost of child poverty

by Mike Hughes, Anna Downie and Neera Sharma

Type: Policy and research documents

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
 

Feedback from young people on the SEU recommendations for young runaways - Report for the Social Exclusion Unit

by Claire Turner and Samantha Jagusz

Type: Policy and research documents

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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Free
 

Whose government is it anyway?

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

Type: Policy and research documents

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

Committed to Rights (part 2) - Information sheets

Type: Tools for professionals

Good practice examples illustrating how participatory work can improve outcomes for children in trouble.
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Free
 

Committed to Rights (part 3) - self-auditing checklists

Type: Policy and research documents, Tools for professionals

Good practice examples illustrating how participatory work can improve outcomes for children in trouble.
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Free
 

Committed to Rights (part 4) - Synopsis of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

Type: Policy and research documents, Tools for professionals

Good practice examples illustrating how participatory work can improve outcomes for children in trouble.
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Free
 

Give us a chance: young people's views on social issues

Type: Policy and research documents

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