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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 […]
  • read more about New systematic review of shared decision-making meetings
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    New systematic review of shared decision-making meetings

    13 February 2020
    New systematic review of shared decision-making family meetings finds mixed evidence of effectiveness in reducing entry to care  A new systematic review of shared decision-making family meetings, such as Family Group Conferencing, Family Group Decision Making and Family Unity Meetings, has found there is mixed evidence as to whether these interventions reduce entry or re-entry […]
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    Join our Research Ethics Committee

    12 February 2020
    We are seeking to recruit seven to nine Research Ethics Committee (REC) members to sit on an ethics committee which reviews research proposals for projects to be delivered or commissioned by the WWCSC, providing an advisory role to the Centre. Whether you are an experienced academic with expertise in research with young people, or you […]
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    We’re recruiting!

    12 February 2020
    We are looking to recruit two new roles from April 2020. Research Director The What Works for Children’s Social Care is looking to recruit a Research Director to lead our research team. The team will lead the centre’s analytical work, which covers research relating to a wide variety of outcomes for young people and their […]
  • read more about Announcing our new partners for multi-agency work
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    Announcing our new partners for multi-agency work

    31 January 2020
    I am excited to be writing this blog post as the Head of Practice at What Works for Children’s Social Care (WWCSC).  I joined the centre in January and I am happy to announce that the practice team is growing and extending our ability to talk to social workers and others from the sector.   As […]
  • read more about The Ongoing Debate Around Machine Learning
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    The Ongoing Debate Around Machine Learning

    31 January 2020
    It’s been almost a year since we first announced that we would be conducting research on the use of machine learning in children’s social care. Both the topic itself, and our decision to research it were controversial.  Many people are uncomfortable with the idea that opaque algorithms processing large quantities of data – often collected […]