Publications

Pushed into the shadows: young people’s experience of adult mental health facilities

Interviews with children and parents about their experience of adult mental health facilities. With Cathy Street and Joe Roberson, via YoungMinds.

Office of the Children's Commissioner (2007)

The involvement of fathers in decisions about and care of their children: a survey of Children’s Services

Two chapters in Fathers Matter: research findings on fathers and their involvement with social care services.

Family Rights Group (2006)

Mapping needs and interventions for children in the secure estate. A report for the Department of Health

A study of the mental health needs, services and gaps in provision in the 19 young offender institutions in England and Wales, drawing on the views of healthcare, mental health in-reach and other on-site and visiting staff. With Zarrina Kurtz. (2005)

Mapping MH Interventions - RyanTunnardBrown final report to DH (October 2005)

How literature reviews can be written to influence practice: the RiP approach

A description of the methodology used to prepare three research and practice reviews – about parental problem drinking, parental substance misuse and parental mental health problems.

Journal of Integrated Care, Vol 12: 2 April (2004)

Evaluation of the Parent’s Information Service – A National Telephone Helpline

A report of a telephone survey of a sample of adults who have contacted YoungMinds because of concerns about the mental health needs of their child or young relative. With comments on the service received, the outcomes for families, and their unmet needs, and sections giving information about research studies and policy issues for each of the main themes covered by the Information Service.

YoungMinds (2002)

Parental drug misuse – a review of impact and intervention studies

A review of research about the impact of parental drug misuse and promising interventions. The findings are linked to the dimensions of children’s lives that practitioners will be familiar with through their assessment work under the NAF and the CAF. They draw mainly on studies published in the past ten years in the UK and Ireland, with additional material from the USA about intervention studies because of the lack of this material in UK and Irish research. The review is produced separately from the one on problem drinking, below, because of the important differences between the two issues.

Research in Practice (2002)

Matching Needs & Services: Emerging Themes from its Application in Different Social Care Settings

A chapter describing how the Matching Needs & Services audit tool was developed and tested and has been used by various social care and health agencies and for different samples of children and families. With a particular focus on emerging clusters of need, the use of the tool to achieve ownership of local research findings across agencies, and the contribution of young people and parents to auditing need, identifying outcomes and planning new services.

Chapter in Ward H and Rose W (eds) Approaches to Needs Assessment in Children's Services (2002) JKP

Working with Fathers

This book extracts the findings about fathers, and about the range of professional responses to them, in the research studies that informed Child Protection: Messages from Research (DH 1995). It discusses the impact of fathers on children’s development, gives examples of good practice in working with fathers, highlights issues for future research and lists useful organisations and contacts.

Radcliffe Medical Press (commissioned by DH) (2000)

Matching Needs & Services – 2nd edition

One of the practice tools developed at Dartington as part of its common language work about children in need. It is an audit tool to help agencies collect information on the needs of children in order to plan and implement more effective services and evaluate them to see if they are having the desired effect. It identifies the principal groups of children in need in a local authority area and promotes communication between professionals from different agencies. It also provides a mechanism for incorporating the views of service users in identifying need and planning service responses.

Dartington Social Research Unit(1999)

Structure, Culture and Outcome: How to improve residential services for children

This tool can help design better residential services for children in need. It can be used as a stand-alone tool to reflect on what a residential placement for children in need is intended to achieve and how it can improve life for its residents, or it can be used in conjunction with Matching Needs & Services, above, to clarify the needs of the children being looked after and how residential placements can help achieve desired outcomes for them and the range of professional responses to them.

Dartington Social Research Unit(1999)