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The What Works Centre for Children’s Social Care is a new initiative that seeks better outcomes for children, young people and families by helping practitioners and decision makers across the children’s social care sector to inform their work with the best possible evidence.

The Department for Education is funding the Centre’s development.

What's new

How we are setting up the new centre

Working with the sector

Developing what we will do and how we will do it with children, young people, families, social workers, leaders and researchers.

Generating Evidence

Researching initial themes, such as safely reducing the need to enter care. Consulting on what evidence standards and outcomes matter, and developing an 'evidence store'.

Sharing and using evidence

Co-designing and testing ways to generate, share and embed evidence, in partnership with local authorities. Scaling up the use of reliable evidence.

The decisions that social care leaders and practitioners make can impact on children, young people and their families throughout their lives.

Basing those decisions on reliable evidence about what works is critical.

Who's involved

Development team

Research partner