Analysis and Critical Thinking in Assessment (2nd Edition) March 2014

An updated version of the 2012 resource pack for England, now adapted and published for Wales.

Research in Practice, and the Care Council for Wales

Making the right choice for children.

Briefing for local authority Lead Members for children’s services.

A short A5 briefing that highlights key research messages about the different types of living arrangements for children in care, and how each can help provide long-term stability during childhood and beyond. Includes return home, foster care (by family and friends or unrelated carers), adoption, special guardianship, and residential care.


Bi-Borough Evaluation Report January 2014

Parental mental health problems – research review update

An on-line summary of information about research, policy and practice developments relating to parental mental health problems and their impact on family members. With reflection questions for practitioners.


Commissioned by Community Care Inform (2013)

How does the Family Drug and Alcohol Court fit with the current changes to family justice?

An article arising from our work evaluating FDAC. It discusses the evaluation findings in the light of the recommendations of the Family Justice Review.

Ryan M, Harwin J, Lewis G and Tunnard J (2012) Family Law, Vol 42, October, pp 1228-1234

Champions for Children: research briefings for local authority councillors

A series of research briefings providing information about key research findings, good practice and policy developments that will help councillors improve outcomes for children and families in need by ensuring that adequate and effective services are provided for them. A fully referenced text for each topic is available on RiP’s website:

  • The cost benefits of early intervention (2011)
  • Protecting children and young people from significant harm (2010)
  • Outcomes and why they matter (2008)
  • Promoting mental health for children across children’s services (2007)
  • Safeguarding (2006)
  • Transition of adolescents to adult mental health services (2006)
  • Intervening in the Early Years (2005)
  • School Inclusion for all children (2005)
  • Harnessing family and community support [Family Group Conferences and Family and Friends’ Care] (2004)
  • Enabling Disabled Children and their Families (2004)
  • Recruitment and Retention of Foster Carers (2003)

Commissioned by Research in Practice

Parental problem drinking and its impact on children – a research review

This review of research addresses the definition and extent of parental problem drinking, its impact across important dimensions of children’s lives, the impact on children as they become adults, and some messages for practice, including a suggested service specification. The main focus is on UK studies published in the last two decades. Aimed primarily at front-line social care workers and their managers, to help when assessing the need for services or delivering appropriate services to children and their families.

Commissioned by Research in Practice (2002)

Analysis and critical thinking in assessment

A resource pack, developed with managers and practitioners and based on the analytical framework, to improve analysis in assessment work.

Commissioned by Research in Practice

Healthy Children, Safer Communities – A strategy to promote the health and well-being of children and young people in contact with the youth justice system

A strategy to ensure that children and young people in the youth justice system (in the community and in secure establishments) get timely access to the health and other services that will best promote their health and well-being. With Zarrina Kurtz.

Commissioned by Department of Health. A cross-Government strategy from DH, the Ministry of Justice, the Home Office and the Department for Children, Schools and Families (2009)

ONE IN TEN – Key messages from policy, research and practice about young people who are NEET

A review that brings together information about 16- to 18-year-olds who are not in education, employment or training. The review answers some common questions from practice, including how many young people are NEET, why they become and stay so, and the role of formal and non-formal learning in helping young people make a successful transition to adult life. It provides messages for those working with children and families at strategic, operational and practitioner level.

Jo Tunnard, with Tim Barnes and Steve Flood. Commissioned by Research in Practice and The National Youth Agency. October 2008.