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Research Case studies

Improving Children's Service

Professor Nick Frost

Professor Nick Frost researches and writes widely in relation to childhood, multi-disciplinary work, children in care, family support and safeguarding. He is an active teacher, researcher, author and consultant.

This case study involves partnership work across children’s services with a wide-range of statutory and voluntary children’s organisations, research networks and HEIs. The research has directly contributed to and impacted upon policy and practice implementation in a wide-range of children’s services settings in the United Kingdom and abroad. For example, Nick gave evidence to the House of Commons Select Committee on Education in 2010 and he acted as an advisor to the Republic of Ireland government on multi-agency working. There is emerging evidence that improved multi-disciplinary working can improve outcomes for children.

This body of research is designed to improve how professionals working with children work together with the aim of delivering the best possible services for children and families. The research has been widely disseminated in books, journals and more popular formats, in single and jointly authored outcomes. In disseminating this research Nick has worked with Research in Practice, Hammersmith & Fulham, Gloucestershire and Roskilde University in Denmark, amongst many others. The work has direct implications for how professionals work together to improve outcomes for children and young people.

Since 2010 Nick has been the Independent Chair of Bradford Safeguarding Children Board. In 2013 he was appointed Chair of the North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Board. Nick is a qualified and registered social worker and practiced professionally for 15 years. He has acted as a keynote speaker at regional, national and internationals conferences on child welfare and professional learning.

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