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    The world turned upside down

    27 March 2020
    In these unusual times, Michael Sanders reflects on how our team can support the vital work of those in children's social care..
  • read more about Promoting the importance of human relationships – reflections this World Social Work Day
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    Promoting the importance of human relationships – reflections this World Social Work Day

    17 March 2020
    To mark World Social Work Day 2020, some of the social workers in our team are reflecting on this year's theme - Promoting the Importance of Human Relationships
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    We’re recruiting!

    13 March 2020
    We are looking for a Finance Manager to join the team. This post holder will lead on all aspects of the organisation’s financial activities. Incorporating financial planning, monitoring and implementation as well as ensuring smooth day to day running of the Centre’s financial processes. For more information please see here. Deadline: 12pm Wednesday 1st April
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    We’re recruiting!

    9 March 2020
    What Works for Children’s Social Care are recruiting a Director of Policy, this role will ensure that our findings and research have impact within government at a local and national level. The individual will also ensure that we continue to work with other charities, including other members of the What Works Network, to promote evidence […]
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    Open Call to join our Panel of Evaluators

    2 March 2020
    What Works for Children’s Social Care are looking to expand their Panel of Evaluators. These organisations will design and run independent evaluations of promising projects supported or funded by the Centre, and will work closely with us and our project partners to provide high quality evidence on the impact of interventions. If you are interested […]
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    Education interventions show ‘Signs of Potential’

    27 February 2020
    Today I’m excited to say that we’re publishing our report ‘What Works in Education for Children who have had Social Workers‘. This report is the culmination of nine months’ work from researchers at What Works for Children’s Social Care, working with data from randomised controlled trials commissioned by our sister organisation, the Education Endowment Foundation. […]
  • read more about What can 63 EEF trials tell us about ‘what works’ for children who have had social workers?
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    What can 63 EEF trials tell us about ‘what works’ for children who have had social workers?

    27 February 2020
    This blog was originally posted on the Education Endowment Foundation website Often in research and public policy we hear the expression ‘collect once, use many times’. Rarely do we practice what we preach. Either the data aren’t defined or collected in quite the right way. Or the outcome measures don’t precisely address our research questions, […]
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    We’re recruiting!

    24 February 2020
    We are recruiting for a Programmes Manager. This role will lead on the development and delivery of programmes including the set-up of new funding calls.For more information on how to apply, please see here. Deadline: 12pm 18th March 2020.
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    We’re recruiting!

    19 February 2020
    We are looking for an Assistant Programmes Manager to join the Programmes team. This role will support with the grant funding and commissioning processes. The Programmes team strives to: Raise the standards – and volume – of good quality research in the sector, by maintaining a core focus on rigorous research, providing appropriate support, and […]
  • read more about Help shape our research priorities: third and final survey now open!
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    Help shape our research priorities: third and final survey now open!

    14 February 2020
    We have always been clear that the answer to ‘what works’ in children’s social care will come from those closest to it  – from social workers, from young people and care experienced people, from parents and carers, from senior leaders, from academics, charities and private sector providers. This is why we want to ensure all […]
  • read more about Our review of family group meetings – what’s next?
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    Our review of family group meetings – what’s next?

    13 February 2020
    Today we’ve published a new systematic review of family group meetings. This review – which looks at all the published evidence on the effectiveness of a variety of forms of meetings that aim to involve young people and their families in decision making – has been conducted by our colleagues at Cardiff University. Its main […]
  • read more about What does the international evidence tell us about the outcomes of family group conferences?
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    What does the international evidence tell us about the outcomes of family group conferences?

    13 February 2020
    In important meetings about children, sharing decision-making with family members is a key way of upholding family rights to participation. This approach is also widely assumed to help prevent children coming into state care, because better involvement of the wider family should help identify alternative protective options.  There isn’t just one route to involving families […]