Evaluation of Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme

About the Innovation Programme

The Department for Education (DfE) launched the Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme to act as a catalyst for developing more effective ways of supporting vulnerable children. The programme is seeking to inspire whole system change to improve the life chances for children receiving support from the social care system, to provide stronger incentives and mechanisms for innovation, experimentation and replication of successful new approaches and to increase value for money. Areas of focus include rethinking children’s social work, support for adolescents in, or on the edge of care, mental health, child sexual exploitation and many other areas of children’s social care.

Evaluation Team

The Rees Centre is acting as the Evaluation Coordinator for the entire programme. The team is Judy Sebba, Nikki Luke, Alun Rees and Di McNeish supported by Diana Jones.

Contact email: reesdfeevaluation@education.ox.ac.uk

Project Evaluations

Results from the evaluations are being published from Dec 2016 onwards:  Evaluation summaries 

Achieving for Children: Better by Design 
Action for Children Step Change 
Barnardos National FGM Centre  
Durham Aycliffe: Secure homes 
Ealing Brighter Futures 
Fostering Network: Mockingbird 
Match Foster Care 
National Implementation Service: KEEP  
National Implementation Service: RESuLT 
NSPCC Learning into Practice 
Social Work Innovation Fund Torbay (SWIFT) 
The North London Children’s Efficiency Programme 
Triborough: Focus on practice  
West Sussex: South East Together 

57 individual projects are being evaluated by 22 evaluation teams. (More on Evaluation from Spring Consortium website).