Call for applications: Multi-agency working with children’s social care

23 October 2019

We are delighted to be seeking participants for the extension of our Practice In Need of Evidence (PINE) programme, examining multi-agency partnerships working to improve outcomes in children’s social care.

Applications can be from any statutory agencies involved in multi-agency partnership work to improve outcomes for children who are engaged with children’s social care.

The basis of this project is the understanding that children are best safeguarded when professionals work together closely and effectively, and that, as with many aspects of child safeguarding, there is a lack of evidence about the most effective ways of multi-agency working.

The PINE programme aims to build an evidence base for existing and new practice that demonstrate impact on outcomes for children and young people who need to be safeguarded. The centre is particularly interested in multi-agency working between children’s social care, police and health services, but other statutory agencies are welcome to apply.

The PINE programme will provide a high quality evaluation of the participating practices, with the opportunity for future work with What Works for Children’s Social Care to scale up the practice and undertake more research.

Michael Sanders, Executive Director, What Works for Children’s Social Care, said:

“We know that agencies need to work together effectively and seamlessly to safeguard children at risk, however, we are less sure about the best ways of going about this. We are, therefore, delighted to be extending our existing Practice In Need of Evidence programme to grow the evidence base around multi-agency working. Great, collaborative work is happening all over the country and we want to help our partners to evaluate it so it can be shared more widely and help more children and families, nationwide.”

More information for interested applicants

Please complete the application form by 5pm 29th November and email it to