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The Centre is being set up by a development team led by Nesta, and its research partner led by CASCADE at Cardiff University. From July 2018 this work is overseen by a new Founding Board and a range of stakeholder panels and groups.

Development Team and Research Partner

The set-up of the Centre is being supported by a Development Team, led by Nesta and its Alliance for Useful Evidence, in partnership with the Social Care Institute for Excellence, FutureGov and Traversum.

The Centre’s research partner, is a consortium led by CASCADE at Cardiff University.

We recently recruited Michael Sanders as our Executive Director. Michael will be taking up post in January 2019.

Department for Education Steering Group

The Centre is initially funded by the Department for Education. During its set up phase and prior to formal incorporation of the Centre as an independent organisation, the development team and research partner report on progress and value for money considerations to the Department’s Steering Group.

Stakeholder Panels

We are working very closely with a wide range of stakeholders to advise on the Centre’s strategy, research priorities, and future products and services.

Children and Young People’s Panel

This panel includes children and young people aged between 13 and 24 years of age, with a range of experiences of social care, including having been on child protection or child in need plans, young people currently in care and care leavers.

Expert Review Panel

The Expert Review Panel is working with the Research Partner to develop the standards of evidence and outcomes framework for the Centre

Voluntary and Community Sector Leaders Group

This group includes representatives from key charities working with children and families including: NSPCC, Action for Children and the Children’s Society.

Families and parents

We are working with the Family Rights Group and their networks to engage with parents, grandparents, siblings and carers.

Practitioners’ Panel

This Panel consists of principal social workers, lead practitioners, frontline social workers, and voluntary sector practitioners from across the country.

Advisory Council

This group of sector leaders and experts, supports the Centre’s continued development with expert advice and insight.

Who's involved

Development team

Research partner