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Thank you for visiting our stand at this year’s event. There are lots of ways for you to get involved and keep up to date with our work.

Working with practice is at the heart of what we do

Practice in Need of Evidence (PINE)

Excellent practice is happening all over the country but, in most instances, without an evidence-base. Through our free and accessible PINE programme we support social care organisations to evaluate their own promising practice and find out what works. If you have an idea for a new intervention or way of working, or if you’re looking to build an evidence base for an existing project, then the PINE programme could support you to develop an evaluation.

We want to hear from anyone with an interesting project, however are also particularly interested in interventions or ways of working around:

  • Safeguarding under-1s
  • Preventing Non-Accidental Injury
  • Working with male carers to safeguard young children from injury.

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Evidence Hubs

We’ve partnered up with a network of local authorities around England to create Evidence Hubs. These new hubs will ensure evidence and good quality research is being shared practice-wide throughout their organisation to help support staff and the children and families they work with.

Each Hub will also be home to at least one Evidence Ambassador – social workers whose insight about what social workers need and want from their evidence is pivotal to guiding our work. Through the Evidence Hubs they will also share messages about what works and the importance of research evidence with their colleagues.

We believe that the Evidence Ambassadors will help to create change in the system, as well as feed back to us on priorities for future research.

Social Work Leadership Pathways Programme

We are pleased to be partnered with Frontline and North Yorkshire County Council to deliver the Social Work Leadership Pathways Programme. Through this initiative we aim to improve outcomes for children and families by supporting high quality leadership, based on an understanding of what works. The programme consists of multiple bespoke pathways for four different levels of leadership: practice supervisors, middle managers, heads of service and practice leaders.

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