Eleanor Briggs

Director of Policy

Eleanor joined What Works for Children’s Social Care in July 2020. Her role is to promote our findings, research and evidence-based policy to achieve the best possible outcomes for young people and their families.

Eleanor has over fifteen years’ experience of leading a policy team, most recently at Action for Children where she led the organisation’s work on children’s social care and early help for children and families. Before this she worked in public health as the Director of Policy and Campaigns for the National AIDS Trust. She began her career in the civil service, specialising in equality and diversity policy at the Women and Equality Unit. Eleanor studied English Literature at Durham University and has an MSc from LSE in social policy.

In her spare time Eleanor enjoys cooking, excessive Radio 4 listening and supporting Watton Youth Under 10s football team.


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    What can we learn from Sufficiency Strategies?

    8 March 2022
    In our latest blog, we discuss what our recent analysis of sufficiency strategies can tell us about the issues facing local authorities when trying to secure the right residential placement for children and young people.
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    Building on lessons learned

    29 April 2021
    Eleanor Briggs, Director of Policy, reflects on some of the emerging themes from our project examining new practice in children's social care that emerged during the first COVID-19 lockdown.