February 7, 2022 Reconfiguration of services, Research and Evidence The Adolescent Brain Publication Dez Holmes, Director at Research in Practice, talks to Dr Saz Ahmed, Research Associate at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience in University College London. Dez and Saz cover a broad range of cutting-edge research into the development of the adolescent brain and its implications for safeguarding policy and practice. This podcast forms the third instalment of a series of resources with a focus on adolescent development and transitional safeguarding. Talking points This podcast looks at: An overview of the latest developments in research into the adolescent brain. New research suggests plasticity and resilience are general rules for adolescent development. The role of researchers in collaborating with practitioners and policy-makers to develop effective safeguarding measures for children at risk of exploitation and extra-familial harm. Resources that are mentioned in this Episode Sawyer et al. (2018) ‘The Age of Adolescence’. Mills et al. (2020) ‘Expectations of Social Consequences Impact Anticipated Involvement in Health-Risk Behaviour During Adolescence’. Walsh. C., (2011) ‘Youth Justice and neuroscience’. Watsell. D, & White, S. (2012) ‘Blinded by neuroscience: social policy, the family and the infant brain’. Jamieson et al. (2012) ‘Experiencing discrimination increase risk taking’. Billingham, L. Irwin-Rogers, K. (2021) ‘The Terrifying abyss of insignificance: Marginalisation, mattering and violence between young people’. Blakemore, S. (2012) ‘The mysterious workings of the adolescent brain’ Related resources Mendez-Sayer, E., (2020) ‘The Teenage Brain’ Yeo, A., (2020) ‘The Teenage Brain – how the research can (and should?) inform practice Taggart, D., (2018) ‘Trauma-informed approaches with young people: Frontline Briefing’ Reflective questions Here are reflective questions to stimulate conversation and support practice. How can an attention to the development of the adolescent brain inform a services understanding of risk and risk behaviours? What strategies can your service develop to support the mitigation of mental health problems in your local areas adolescent populations? How does your service provide adolescents the opportunity to shape and design the provision they receive?