Learning from lockdown

Research in Practice (RiP) facilitated 18 online workshops with colleagues from across Children’s Services in London, including early help, youth justice, children in need, looked after children and children with disability.  Research in Practice spoke to front-line practitioners, managers and heads of service,  as well as PSWs, and colleagues with workforce development and quality assurance responsibilities. Particular attention was paid to the wellbeing of the families we work with, and workforce wellbeing, during and since lockdown, and focused on the impact of digital engagement on practice situations, how we adapted to working from home. 

Research in Practice summarised what we learned from this experience, and this will partly inform how we develop and guide digital practices as we move into the future, particularly in relation to decision-making meetings and complex assessments.

What did we learn?

You can explore our findings in the Headline Report  here.

These findings provide us with some early indicators, and some broad brush strokes about the potential for digital practices, and about the overall impact of the pandemic (on the workforce, and on the families we work with) – we know more now about what is possible and in what circumstances. 

Research in Practice will now work with colleagues in the workforce to test and refine these early indicators into more specific practice guidance.


Check out ALDCS Chair Martin Pratt's blog (25/09/2020) on the ADCS website, where he reflects on these findings, writing:

It’s exactly a year since I last wrote a blog for ADCS and my what a year it has been! Who could have foreseen the change the pandemic has wrought, in our working lives and at home and how the relationship between the two has been altered so much? Yet the challenges I wrote about a year ago; racial disparities in outcomes for children and families, the limits on the opportunities for our Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic colleagues, and the need to listen to and be inspired by the people with whom we work, are writ larger now than ever. Click here to read more