Why are we doing this?
The Centre will develop a strong evidence base around effective interventions and practice systems in children’s social care, and will support their implementation by practitioners and decision-makers.
Its goal will be to improve outcomes for children and their families by supporting translation of evidence into better practice on the ground.
Commissioned by the Department for Education, the Centre is currently being established with support from a development team or ‘incubator’ – led by Nesta and a research partner, but will become a fully independent organisation by summer 2020.
For details, including how to sign up for news about the Centre, visit the What Works Centre for Children's Social Care website.
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What will the future Centre do?
The Centre’s broad scope will cover support for children from the point of referral through to permanence, including adoption, care-leaver support and targeted early help. Its focus will be on children’s social care practice in England, but it will draw on and share learning at the international level as well.
The Centre will target children’s social work practitioners and decision-makers working within children’s social care, including those in residential homes, healthcare, policing and policymakers.
The Department for Education has awarded two contracts to set up the Centre. These contracts will run in parallel up to June 2020 and include the What Works Centre development team - a consortium led by Nesta and its Alliance for Useful Evidence, in partnership with the Social Care Institute for Excellence, FutureGov and Traversum - and the What Works Centre research partner, led by Cascade at Cardiff University - who will lead on the research programme.
What is the development team doing?
The development team - led by Nesta and its Alliance for Useful Evidence - is working with the sector to establish a credible, independent and effective What Works Centre by summer 2020.
The team - working closely with the research partner CASCADE at Cardiff University - is establishing the Centre’s priorities, how it will identify, generate and share evidence, and how it will be managed and led to ensure that its activities lead to change.
To find out more visit the What Works Centre for Children's Social Care website and register for updates.