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Press releases

Call for more participants in Schwartz Rounds evaluation – 22 August 2019

Interim results from Devolved Budgets pilots – 15 August 2019

Announcing our local authority partners for FGC and FDAC – 09 August 2019

New project placing social worker in schools shows early signs of promise – 08 August 2019

Bolton Council undertakes new project to provide supervision to Designated Safeguarding Leads – 07 August 2019

Social work decision-making: a randomised controlled trial of forecasting – 31 July 2019

Announcing a new project: Mockingbird Family Model – 04 July 2019

Announcing our Practice In Need of Evidence Partners – 02 July 2019

Intensive Family Preservation Services: a promising way of keeping families together – 10 June 2019

Announcing the Supporting Families: Investing in Practice programme – 22 May 2019

Announcing our new evaluation groups – 22 May 2019

What Works Centre for Children’s Social Care announces research partners in ethics review of machine learning –10 April 2019

Local Authority ‘Schwartz Rounds’ partners announced – 05 April

Flagship research programme aims for happier, healthier professionals – 04 March 2019 Press Release

What works and why: Centre launches new Evidence Store – 30 January 2019

Six local authorities to work with the What Works Centre to try to reduce the need for children to be in care – 25 January 2019

What Works Centre for Children’s Social Care seeks partners to help design studies on workforce wellbeing – 20 December 2018

The What Works Centre for Children’s Social Care is looking for expressions of interest from prospective partners to help develop research studies aimed at helping people working in children’s social care – especially social workers – to be happier and healthier.

Centre to re-analyse wealth of existing education data focusing on children’s social care – 10 December 2018

The What Works Centre for Children’s Social Care is to re-analyse previous trials commissioned by the Education Endowment Foundation to identify specific learnings for children who have cleared a statutory threshold in the children’s social care system.

Identifying gaps in evidence base for key children’s social care practices – 14 November 2018

The What Works Centre for Children’s Social Care has today published its first publications – on the theme of safely reducing the number of children in the care system.

New Executive Director announced for What Works Centre for Children’s Social Care – 2 November 2018

Founding board appoints Michael Sanders to lead the Centre through its start-up phase to 2020 and beyond

21 local partners to work with new Centre – 24 July 2018

Partners will co-develop research, and co-design and test products and services for new Centre

Sir Alan Wood announced as Centre’s Founding Chair + new report on stakeholders’ views published – 5 July 2018

Sir Alan Wood, former President of the Association of Directors of Children’ Services, has been appointed as the Founding Chair of the What Works Centre for Children’s Social Care. The Centre has also published a summary of key messages from its stakeholder engagement work to date.

Research partner announced for children’s social care project – 14 November 2017

Cardiff University awarded research partnership for new What Works Centre – Department for Education press release

Children’s social care improvement programme announced, including award of contract to set up What Works Centre – 12 October 2017

The Centre will develop a powerful evidence base that supports best practice on the frontline – Department for Education press release