Family Safeguarding Model Pilot

Pilot Evaluation of the Family Safeguarding Model in Cambridgeshire as part of the Department for Education’s Strengthening Families, Protecting Children (SFPC) programme.


Pilot / In progress

Estimated completion

May 2020

Focus areas

Professionals, Children & families

Delivered by

Hertfordshire County Council in partnership with Cambridgeshire County Council

Evaluated by

What Works for Children's Social Care

Key Figures

Local authorities 1

This evaluation is part of the pilot phase of Strengthening Families, Protecting Children (SFPC), which will support selected local authorities to adapt and adopt one of three projects in their own area.

This protocol sets out the pilot evaluation of one of these three projects, the Family Safeguarding Model. Developed in Hertfordshire, Family Safeguarding is a model of system change where specialist adult practitioners are embedded within Family Safeguarding teams of social workers. Teams are trained in Motivational Interviewing, undertake group case discussion, follow a structured solution-focussed intervention programme with families and record and share information using an electronic assessment workbook.

This pilot evaluation aims to test and refine our understanding of the model, including the mechanisms of change, contextual facilitators and barriers which affect delivery and change as well as the potential benefits of the intervention. It will also look to establish feasibility, evidence of promise, whether the intervention is ready for trial and inform the stepped wedge trial design.

Data will be collected from leaders and managers, frontline professionals and families involved with family safeguarding teams through interviews, focus groups, observations and surveys. Descriptive analysis of administrative data will also be undertaken.

The evaluation will begin in October 2019.