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    Working in Partnerships

    28 May 2019
    That’s why so much of the focus of our work so far this year has been establishing a team to deliver our mission of supporting the social work profession, children and families through the provision of more and better evidence. Looking around, I’m pleased that we’ve been able to recruit such an excellent group of […]
  • read more about Announcing the Supporting Families: Investing in Practice programme
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    Announcing the Supporting Families: Investing in Practice programme

    22 May 2019
    Today the What Works Centre for Children’s Social Care is pleased to announce a new joint-programme; Supporting Families: Investing in Practice. This work, a partnership with the Department for Education, begins today by taking two promising interventions funded through the Department’s Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme – Family Group Conferencing (FGC) and Family Drug and […]
  • read more about Announcing our new evaluation groups
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    Announcing our new evaluation groups

    22 May 2019
    We are excited to announce the appointment of members to both our Evaluation Advisory Group and our Panel of Evaluators. Both groups will be central to shaping our approach to evaluation and the production of high-quality evidence on what works in children’s social care.   Evaluation Advisory Group Members of our Evaluation Advisory Group (EAG) […]
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    Join our Stakeholder Advisory Group

    15 May 2019
    We are seeking to recruit a Stakeholder Advisory Group (SAG) for the Centre. This group will play a key role in shaping the Centre’s activities, and in championing the Centre within the sector. Members of the SAG will help set research priorities, contribute to research design and advise on how to share research findings with […]
  • read more about An innovative and large scale evaluation
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    An innovative and large scale evaluation

    10 May 2019
    A few weeks ago, the Department for Education announced the Strengthening Families, Protecting Children programme. This is an £84 million investment by the department in taking three models of social work practice, tested as part of the first round of the Innovation Programme – those of Leeds, Hertfordshire and North Yorkshire – and supporting them […]
  • read more about We’re recruiting!
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    We’re recruiting!

    25 April 2019
    We are recruiting new researcher roles to join our team   Principal Researcher The What Works Centre for Children’s Social Care is looking to recruit a Principal Researcher to lead on randomised controlled trials within our newly formed research team. This role will manage the day to day work across our evaluations, and work with […]
  • read more about Call for organisations to join our Panel of Evaluators
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    Call for organisations to join our Panel of Evaluators

    18 April 2019
    As the What Works Centre for Children’s Social Care grows, we plan to fund an increasing number of local authorities (and other organisations) to deliver initiatives which aim to improve outcomes for children, young people and their families. We’re excited to support new interventions – but perhaps even more than this – we’re excited to […]
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    The sound of silence

    16 April 2019
    We’ve been making heavy use of this blog in the last month – we’ve published 10 blogs in that time, and we’ve been out and about quite a bit visiting several local authorities, speaking at the principal social workers network meeting in Birmingham, talking with senior social workers at Sussex university about data, and releasing […]
  • read more about What Works Centre for Children’s Social Care announces research partners in ethics review of machine learning
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    What Works Centre for Children’s Social Care announces research partners in ethics review of machine learning

    10 April 2019
    The Rees Centre (Department of Education, University of Oxford) and The Alan Turing Institute will be partnering with the Centre for the ethics review of machine learning in children’s social care.   The What Works Centre for Children’s Social Care commissioned an external review of the ethics of researching machine learning in children’s social care. […]
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    We are recruiting!

    8 April 2019
    The centre is recruiting a Practice Development Manager, to bring experience of social work practice to the delivery of the WWC’s engagement and cultural change strategy. Please click on the links to find out more and become part of the team.   Reporting to the Centre’s Head of Practice, this role will support in our […]
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    Webinar on Practice In Need of Evidence

    8 April 2019
    On Friday we held a webinar on Practice In Need of Evidence (PINE) for those interested in being part of our new programme. The aim of the programme is to generate and share the highest quality evidence about what works. We know that excellent practice is already happening, we want to find it and develop […]
  • read more about Local authority ‘Schwartz Rounds’ partners announced
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    Local authority ‘Schwartz Rounds’ partners announced

    5 April 2019
    It is excellent news today that the What Works Centre for Children’s Social Care has announced it will be working with six authorities to evaluate the effect of Schwartz Rounds on staff well-being.  Haringey Council, Liverpool City Council, Nottinghamshire County Council, Walsall Council, Warwickshire County Council and West Sussex County Council have been selected to […]