What is good social work practice? What difference does it make?
- Education G33 Lecture Theatre, University of Birmingham
Donald Forrester is Professor of Child and Family Social Work at the University of Cardiff, where he is Director of the CASCADE Centre for Children’s Social Care. He has researched extensively on the links between practice skills, outcomes for children and families and the organizational factors that influence practice quality.
Donald will be presenting evidence from studies that have looked at practice skills and outcomes for over 400 families. Together these are the largest study ever undertaken of the relationship between practice skills and outcomes, and as such they provide an opportunity to examine not just what good practice is, but the challenges involved in creating excellence in service delivery. The studies have evaluated specific ways of working - such as Systemic Practice or Motivational Interviewing – and approaches to change from complex whole system reforms to intensive training. The session’s focus will be on identifying key lessons for delivering effective services for children and families.