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Call for more participants in Schwartz Rounds evaluation

22 August 2019

Press Release

What Works for Children’s Social Care is delighted to announce an expansion of the on-going project evaluating the use of Schwartz Rounds in children’s social care. The project will be expanded to six additional local authorities or trusts, and the application process is now open.

Schwartz Rounds provide a regular, structured forum for all staff members – not just social workers – to come together and discuss the emotional and social aspects of their work. Schwartz Rounds have previously been used in other sectors, such as healthcare, and this project will evaluate if these regular meetings improve the wellbeing of staff in children’s social care.

Although it is still too early to report findings from the projects already underway in Haringey, Liverpool, Nottinghamshire, Walsall, Warwickshire and West Sussex, the qualitative feedback from attendees has been positive. This expansion of the current study will give us the best chance to evaluate whether Schwartz Rounds can make a difference in children’s services.

More information about the project and the application process can be found here. Please send completed application form to wwcprogrammes@nesta.org.uk by 6pm on Thursday 12 September.

Applicants will be informed of the outcome by Friday 20 September. We anticipate work work with the successful applicants beginning immediately, to prepare for the project starting on 1 October.

For more information, please contact wwc-cascade@cardiff.ac.uk