The What Works for Children’s Social Care in partnership with CASCADE at Cardiff University has published findings from research looking at the evidence on shared decision-making meetings and ways in which to involve families in order to keep children safely at home and out of care. The review identified three key pathways through which shared decision-making meetings may be more effective in safely reducing the need for children to be in care, including: enabling collaboration and engagement; building trust and reducing shame; and enabling participation in decision-making.


The What Works for Children’s Social Care has published a practice guide which aims to help social workers get the best outcomes possible from shared decision-making meetings.


Further details are available here and here.

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