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  • read more about Independent Review of Children’s Social Care: an opportunity for evidence-led reform
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    Independent Review of Children’s Social Care: an opportunity for evidence-led reform

    23 May 2022
    Today’s publication of the Independent Review of Children’s Social Care presents the opportunity for future reforms of children’s services to be research-led and evidence-generating. As part of our remit to create and promote evidence-based practice in children’s social care, What Works for Children’s Social Care (WWCSC) were pleased to provide independent research support to the […]
  • read more about Joint statement on prospective merger of Early Intervention Foundation and What Works for Children’s Social Care
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    Joint statement on prospective merger of Early Intervention Foundation and What Works for Children’s Social Care

    23 May 2022
    The Boards of the Early Intervention Foundation (EIF) and What Works for Children’s Social Care (WWCSC) have begun conversations about a merger that would create a new ‘go-to’ what works centre on children and families covering both early intervention and children’s social care.  
  • read more about Why I’m excited to be coordinating the PINE programme
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    Why I’m excited to be coordinating the PINE programme

    20 April 2022
    Our PINE programme is growing! Ben Moffat, Senior Practice Development Coordinator, discusses how we plan to support more professionals to contribute to the widening body of social care evidence through an evaluation of their own innovative projects. 
  • read more about The Evidence Quarter Internship programme now open
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    The Evidence Quarter Internship programme now open

    14 April 2022
    The EQ Summer Internship programme is back, and once again there are several opportunities available at WWCSC for enthusiastic undergraduates with a passion for research led social change.
  • read more about Funding announced to extend projects supporting schools to work better with children’s social care
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    Funding announced to extend projects supporting schools to work better with children’s social care

    11 April 2022
    What Works for Children’s Social Care (WWCSC) is pleased to announce the extension of funding from the Department for Education (DfE) for two key school focused projects until the end of the 2021/2022 academic year.
  • read more about One in ten social workers has considered leaving their job because of racism
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    One in ten social workers has considered leaving their job because of racism

    17 March 2022
    New research highlights the scale and nature of racism in social care, and the toll it is taking on social workers in England.
  • read more about What can we learn from Sufficiency Strategies?
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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.
  • read more about Open Funding Round 3: Now Live
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    Open Funding Round 3: Now Live

    14 February 2022
    WWCSC’s next Open Funding Round commences on 14 February, 2022. Find out how to apply to have your intervention or programme funded and independently evaluated.
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  • read more about The case for small wins
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    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
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    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 Departure of Prof Michael Sanders as Chief Executive
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    Departure of Prof Michael Sanders as Chief Executive

    7 January 2022
    Prof Michael Sanders departs as Chief Executive of What Works for Children’s Social Care
  • read more about Reflections as we move to the “new normal”
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    Reflections as we move to the “new normal”

    2 December 2021
    As a society, COVID-19 forced us to stop and change what we were doing. Now, as we move to the “new normal” we have an opportunity to consider and reflect on the changes we have made.