• 'Between two fires' : understanding vulnerabilities and the support needs of people from Albania, Viet Nam and Nigeria who have experienced human trafficking into the UK

      Hynes, Patricia; Burland, Patrick; Thurnham, Angela; Dew, Jenniffer; Gani-Yusuf, Lola; Lenja, Valbona; Tran, Hong Thi; Olatunde, Aye; Gaxha, Alketa; University of Bedfordshire; et al. (University of Bedfordshire and International Organization for Migration (IOM), 2019-08-01)
      Final report of a two-year research study into understanding the causes, dynamics and 'vulnerabilities' to human trafficking in three source countries - Albania, Viet Nam and Nigeria - plus the support needs of people from these countries who have experienced trafficking to the UK. The study was carried out as a partnership between the University of Bedfordshire and the International Organization for Migration (IOM). 
    • Evaluation of independent child trafficking advocates trial: final report

      Kohli, Ravi K.S.; Hynes, Patricia; Connolly, Helen; Thurnham, Angela; Westlake, David; D'Arcy, Kate (Home Office, 2015-12-17)
      This report presents the findings from an evaluation of a 1 year trial of the independent child trafficking advocates.
    • A randomized controlled trial of training in Motivational Interviewing for child protection.

      Forrester, Donald; Westlake, David; Killian, Mike; Antonopoulou, Vivi; McCann, Michelle; Thomas, Roma; Waits, Charlotte; Whittaker, Charlotte E.; Hutchison, Dougal; Thurnham, Angela; et al. (Elsevier, 2018-02-12)
      There has been interest in developing more evidence-based approaches to child and family social work in the UK in recent years. This study examines the impact of a skills development package of training and supervision in Motivational Interviewing (MI) on the skills of social workers and the engagement of parents through a randomized controlled trial. All workers in one local authority were randomly assigned to receive the package (n = 28) or control (n = 33). Families were then randomized to trained (n = 67) or untrained (n = 98) workers. Family meetings with the worker shortly after allocation were evaluated for MI skill. Research interviews gathered data including the WAI. Follow-up interviews 20 weeks later repeated the WAI, and other outcome measures including Goal Attainment Scaling (GAS) and rating of family life. Between group analysis found statistically significant difference in MI skills, though these were not substantial (2.49 in control, 2.91 MI trained, p = .049). There was no statistically significant difference between groups in any other outcome measures. The package of training and supervision did not create sufficient increase in MI skills to influence engagement or outcomes. Implications for understanding the relationship between skills, engagement and organizational change are discussed.
    • 'Vulnerability' to human trafficking : a study of Viet Nam, Albania, Nigeria and the UK: report of a shared learning event held in Hanoi, Viet Nam 6-7 December 2017

      Hynes, Patricia; Burland, Patrick; Dew, Jenniffer; Tran, Hong Thi; Priest, Paul; Thurnham, Angela; Brodie, Isabelle; Spring, Deborah; Murray, Fraser; University of Bedfordshire; et al. (University of Bedfordshire and International Organization for Migration (IOM), 2018-09-01)
      Report describes the first stages of an ethically-led, two year research study into understanding the causes, dynamics, 'vulnerabilities' to and capabilities against human trafficking in three source countries - Viet Nam, Albania and Nigeria. The focus of this report is on Viet Nam, detailing emergent themese following a two-day Shared Learning Event held in Hanoi, Viet Nam, between 6-7 December 2017.
    • 'Vulnerability' to human trafficking : a study of Viet Nam, Albania, Nigeria and the UK: report of a shared learning event in Lagos, Nigeria, 17-18 January 2018

      Hynes, Patricia; Gani-Yusuf, Lola; Burland, Patrick; Dew, Jenniffer; Olatunde, Aye; Thurnham, Angela; Brodie, Isabelle; Spring, Deborah; Murray, Fraser; University of Bedfordshire; et al. (University of Bedfordshire and International Organization for Migration (IOM), 2018-10-01)
      Report describes the first stages of an ethically-led, two year research study into understanding the causes, dynamics, 'vulnerabilities' to and capabilities against human trafficking in three source countries - Viet Nam, Albania and Nigeria. The focus of this report is on Viet Nam, detailing emergent themese following a two-day Shared Learning Event held in Lagos, Nigeria, between 17-18 January 2018. 
    • 'Vulnerability' to human trafficking : a study of Viet Nam, Albania, Nigeria and the UK: report of a shared learning event in Tirana, Albania, 24-26 October 2017

      Hynes, Patricia; Burland, Patrick; Dew, Jenniffer; Lenja, Valbona; Gaxha, Alketa; Thurnham, Angela; Brodie, Isabelle; Spring, Deborah; Murray, Fraser; University of Bedfordshire; et al. (University of Bedfordshire and International Organization for Migration (IOM), 2018-07-01)
      Report describes the first stages of an ethically-led, two year research study into understanding the causes, dynamics, 'vulnerabilities' to and capabilities against human trafficking in three source countries - Albania, Viet Nam and Nigeria. The focus of this report is on Viet Nam, detailing emergent themese following a two-day Shared Learning Event held in Tirana, Albania between 24-26 October 2017.
    • 'Vulnerability' to human trafficking: a study of Viet Nam, Albania, Nigeria and the UK : literature review

      Brodie, Isabelle; Spring, Deborah; Hynes, Patricia; Burland, Patrick; Dew, Jenniffer; Gani-Yusuf, Lola; Tran, Hong Thi; Lenja, Valbona; Thurnham, Angela; University of Bedfordshire; et al. (University of Bedfordshire and International Organization for Migration (IOM), 2018-11-01)
      Literature Review 
    • What is the relationship between worker skills and outcomes for families in child and family social work?

      Forrester, Donald; Westlake, David; Killian, Mike; Antonopoulou, Vivi; McCann, Michelle; Thurnham, Angela; Thomas, Roma; Waits, Charlotte; Whittaker, Charlotte E.; Hutchison, Douglas (Oxford University Press (OUP), 2019-01-28)
      Communication skills are fundamental to social work, yet few studies have directly evaluated their impact. In this study, we explore the relationship between skills and outcomes in 127 families. An observation of practice was undertaken on the second or third meeting with a family. Practice quality was evaluated in relation to seven skills, which were grouped into three dimensions: relationship building, good authority and evocation of intrinsic motivation. Outcomes at approximately six months were parent-reported engagement (Working Alliance Inventory), Goal Attainment Scaling (GAS), an eleven-point family life satisfaction rating, the Family Environment Scale and General Health Questionnaire and service outcomes from agency records including children entering care. Relationship-building skills predicted parent-reported engagement, although good authority and evocation had stronger relationships with outcome measures. Where workers visited families more often, relationships between skills and outcomes were stronger, in part because workers had more involvement and in part because these families were more likely to have significant problems. The relationship between skills and outcomes was complicated, although the findings provide encouraging evidence that key social work skills have an influence on outcomes for families.