Anna Bacchoo

Director of Practice

Anna is responsible for ensuring social work practice is at the heart of What Works for Children’s Social Care. This involves leading engagement with the sector, with a particular focus on creating a culture of evidence-minded practice.

Anna studied politics at the University of Sussex and has a Masters in Social Work from the University of Brighton. She enjoys teaching skills workshops on social work courses at Sussex.

Before joining WWCSC, Anna worked in statutory child protection social work for 13 years at Brighton and Hove City Council and was part of the leadership team that implemented a whole system change in children’s services. Anna is particularly interested in strengths-based assessments, relationship-based practice and organisational development.

Anna enjoys family dog walks on the South Downs and Sussex beaches.


  • read more about The case for small wins

    The case for small wins

    24 January 2022
    Social worker well-being has long been a cause for concern and recent data shows things aren't improving. With the release today of phase two of our Happier, Healthier Professionals research Director of Practice Anna Bacchoo considers the report's findings and how even small wins should be considered if they enable social workers to feel supported and valued in their work.
  • read more about Our latest anti-racism work

    Our latest anti-racism work

    13 January 2022
    In her latest blog, Director of Practice, Anna Bacchoo, discusses our programme of anti-racism work, including our recently published rapid reviews on outcomes for Black children in care and representation, progression, promotion and wellbeing of minority ethnic social workers and social work students.
  • read more about Connecting Social Workers to the Care Review

    Connecting Social Workers to the Care Review

    1 July 2021
    In her new blog, Anna Bacchoo, Director of Practice, explains how social workers can share their views on the independent review of children's social care through our polling.
  • read more about Introducing our Evidence Ambassadors

    Introducing our Evidence Ambassadors

    23 June 2021
    Anna Bacchoo, our Director of Practice, writes about our Evidence Ambassadors - our new programme to help bring research into practice. Read on to find out more about the programme and how to apply to be a Research Ambassador.
  • read more about Evidence, training and trees

    Evidence, training and trees

    27 April 2021
    Anna Bacchoo, our Director of Practice, discusses the part our new training programme can play in the journey to evidence-based practice in children's social care, as well as our love of tree acronyms.
  • read more about How do we know we’re doing it right? Evaluating multi-agency working

    How do we know we’re doing it right? Evaluating multi-agency working

    7 November 2019
    Our Practice in Need of Evidence programme (PINE) is well underway with our first cohort of nine partners working on conducting their own evaluations – with our support – of their promising practice. Based on the fantastic response to this first round, and really positive initial feedback from the participants, we’ve launched another round – […]
  • read more about Could we be doing more to improve child protection plans?

    Could we be doing more to improve child protection plans?

    9 September 2019
    Head of Practice, Anna Bacchoo, blogs about child protection plans and asks how they could be more effective. I have recently been thinking a lot about the plans we make when working with families, particularly child protection plans, and their impact and efficacy. These are a vital tool in safeguarding children and young people, but […]
  • read more about Practice In Need of Evidence

    Practice In Need of Evidence

    29 March 2019
    The last thing social work needs is another acronym, but old habits die hard. I’m writing to introduce PINE – Practice in Need of Evidence, our latest programme to build the evidence base in social care. Dismissing thoughts of air-freshener and 90s furniture, PINE is an offer of support to take promising practice on a […]
  • read more about World Social Work Day 2019

    World Social Work Day 2019

    15 March 2019
    A short film from the What Works Centre to celebrate World Social Work Day, 2019.
  • read more about It’s all about relationships

    It’s all about relationships

    1 March 2019
    Says Centre’s new Head of Practice and Social Worker, Anna Bacchoo
  • read more about “Drawing from cartoons and the evidence-base”

    “Drawing from cartoons and the evidence-base”

    19 July 2018
    The importance of making evidence-informed practice accessible on the frontline