Professor Donald Forrester

Programme Director - Research Partner

Donald Forrester is Professor of Child and Family Social Work at the University of Cardiff, where he is Director of the CASCADE Centre for Children’s Social Care.

Professor Forrester has researched extensively on the links between practice skills, outcomes for children and families and the organisational factors that influence practice quality. He is a leading international authority on social work communication skills, Motivational Interviewing in child and family work and is a leading UK social work academic evaluating what works in children’s services. Professor Forrester was the first Academic Director of the Frontline programme.


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    Looking for signs of evidence in Signs of Safety

    23 November 2018
    Signs of Safety is probably the most widely used approach in children’s services in the UK. It is also used in many countries around the world. In that context, it may come as a surprise that our review found little to no evidence that it works to reduce the need for care. Indeed, there seems […]