Anna Bacchoo

Director of Practice - Mat leave

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 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
    With thanks to the people featured in the film for their hard work and commitment to improving evidence in children’s social care.
  • read more about It’s all about relationships

    It’s all about relationships

    1 March 2019
    I’m delighted to be writing this blog as the Head of Practice for the What Works Centre for Children’s Social Care. I became involved with the Centre a year ago as part of the Practitioner Panel and immediately saw the opportunity we have to create an organisation to transform the social work evidence base. My […]
  • read more about “Drawing from cartoons and the evidence-base”

    “Drawing from cartoons and the evidence-base”

    19 July 2018
    You might know Harry Venning as the cartoonist who draws ‘Clare in the Community’ comic strip. He’s made a generation of social workers laugh at themselves and the world. But this week he pulled off what some would say is the impossible. At an event, whilst my colleague and I were speaking, he drew a […]