Projects & Funding

Domestic Abuse – Call for Programmes

What Works for Children’s Social Care and The Early Intervention Foundation are working together to increase understanding of what works to support children affected by domestic abuse, including in instances where intimate partner violence is present.

As part of this project, we are looking to work with programme providers and local authorities and/or Police and Crime Commissioners in England to understand more about their work to support children and families affected by domestic abuse through early help or children’s social care interventions. This includes programmes for survivors and perpetrators which have a focus on children’s experiences and outcomes.

Deadline for applications is 5pm, Friday 5 August 2022. Please read the call for programmes information in full before applying.

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Spark Grant 2: Call for Researchers

What Works for Children’s Social Care is pleased to launch the Spark Grant Scheme, and is seeking proposals for research projects from Researchers from underrepresented backgrounds and/or Early Career Researchers. 

This funding – £25,000 over the duration of 12 months –  intends to provide an opportunity for researchers to lead projects that otherwise might not have been funded, and to act as a springboard for larger grants in the future. We encourage proposals from researchers from underrepresented, minoritised groups and/or Early Career Researchers (ECRs). 

The funds available will facilitate new small-scale research projects, quantitative data analysis, quasi-experimental designs, or developing new models or interventions, through to conducting small-scale feasibility studies.

We anticipate appointing research projects in November 2022, and would expect these projects to begin no later than January 2023.

How to apply:

To submit your programme for consideration, please complete the application form below and send to by no later than 12:00 (GMT) Monday 19 September 2022.

Please see the documents below to support your application:

Information Webinar and Further support:

To assist candidates in the application process, we are hosting two webinar/information sessions, with an opportunity for candidates to ask questions . Please use the links below to register:

  1. Webinar 1 – 12.30 to 1.30pm, 26 July 2022 – Watch here
  2. Webinar 2 – 12 to 1pm, 16 August 2022 – Register Here

Our FAQ document will be updated after each session with any additional queries raised. If you have any further questions about this scheme or application, please feel free to email us at We will aim to respond to your queries within two working days.

Please click here for the privacy notice for applications for the Spark Grant Scheme