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Purpose – This paper's aim is to explore the uses and limitations of randomised controlled trials (RCTs) for evaluating complex interventions, with a particular focus on sample recruitment and retention issues. Design/methodology/approach – This is an invited critique of a previous paper....
Purpose – This paper seeks to explore three key aspects of the education of children in care: the composition of that population of children and the extent to which they differ from the general population of children due to difficulties most of them have experienced prior to as well as after...
Purpose – Without some flexibility, replications of manualised evidence‐based programmes (EBP) may not achieve predictable outcomes due to differences in cultural priorities. In this case study, Families and Schools Together (FAST) was co‐produced with elders from a community of Hmong political...
Purpose – Following the passage of the Children Act, 2004, the leadership of children's services in England has been unified through the appointment of Directors of Children's Services. The role is demanding as it requires leading a range of services in each local authority, which are often...
Purpose – The paper's purpose is to participate in a debate about the role of randomised controlled trials in evaluation of preventive interventions for children. Design/methodology/approach – The paper is a response to critiques on Stewart‐Brown et al. published in the Journal of Children's...
Purpose – This paper describes the author's work during 35 years as a clinical psychologist in the NHS in Wales working mainly with conduct disordered children and their families. It describe how from initially working within an applied behaviour analysis (ABA) framework with individual families...
Purpose – The article's purpose is to critique a paper (Stewart‐Brown et al., 2011) in a previous issue of the Journal of Children's Services , which challenges the utility of randomised controlled trials (RCTs) to evaluate the effectiveness of preventive interventions for children....
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