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 Valued Model. Developed in Leeds, Family Valued is a model of system change where training in restorative practice is provided across children’s services and partner agencies, Family Group Conference (FGC) services are set up or capacity and function of existing services is expanded, and new restorative services are commissioned to address gaps in provision and act on the outcomes of FGCs.
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 November 2019.