• By Dartington SRU
  • Posted on Thursday 29th May, 2014

Can training help child welfare workers to broker better services?

Informing child welfare caseworkers about effective therapies and practice seems like common sense. But while a US training programme successfully raised awareness of evidence-based practices, caseworkers did not make significantly more referrals to them than untrained colleagues. Does that mean it was a bad idea?Children and young people in foster care are much more likely to have mental health p…

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  • By Dartington SRU
  • Posted on Wednesday 28th May, 2014

Parenting programme extends its reach

Most interventions for children are designed to tackle single disorders. But in real life, disorders usually come in clusters. For instance, up to 83% of children with depression are also diagnosed with disruptive behaviours. High rates of “co-morbidity” – when multiple disorders occur simultaneously – are found in both clinical settings and in the community, and among all races and ethnic…

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  • By Dartington SRU
  • Posted on Wednesday 28th May, 2014

Trial reporting without error

Randomised controlled trials can provide strong evidence of whether complex social and psychological interventions are effective. Most of the programmes listed on Investing in Children have evidence of impact from RCTs. But inadequate information in reports on RCTs makes it harder to trust the results. An international initiative is seeking to change this by developing new reporting guidelines.A k…

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