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Applying reliable research methods to complex social interventions comes with many challenges that evaluators need to consider. In this blog, Oli Preston, discusses some of the barriers to evaluation.
An NSPCC programme aims to address identified gaps in service provision and to support children living with parental mental illness.
Good supervision is highly valued by social workers and is one of the most important ways that managers can support their staff. Yet we know little about the detail of what happens when local authority supervisors and social workers meet to discuss casework and not enough about the impact that different approaches to supervision have on practice and outcomes for children and families.
Is it possible to prevent young people from becoming NEET (not in employment, education or training) after leaving school, by providing them with practical experiences of the world of work in order to increase their social capital? A recent European-wide project ran pilots in Portugal, Spain and Italy to test out this theory.
Despite harmful sexual behaviours (HSB) being something that all local authorities and multi-agency partners need to acknowledge and work with, there is no national strategy to identify or respond to this issue. Leeds has been involved in a recent pilot of a new set of auditing tools designed to assess current levels of identification and response to harmful sexual behaviours. These tools are intended to promote a shared understanding and consistent approach to dealing with HSB.
How can we measure the true costs and outcomes of children’s social care? The Centre for Child and Family Research at Loughborough University has developed a methodology and software tool that attempts to place the child at the centre of resource management.
Cafcass is committed to continuous learning and quality assurance. They recently launched a tool to assess the impact of their work on children’s outcomes, in order to identify strengths and learning points, and to enhance professional development.
The Children’s Society recently launched the latest edition of its Good Childhood Report, an in-depth study into children’s wellbeing. They present the latest insights into how good life is from the perspective of children themselves.
When we talk about the need to assess wellbeing in looked after children - in order to ensure that they are receiving the right kind of support and care - it is essential that we have a clear idea of what we mean and how exactly we intend to measure it.
‘You see (domestic abuse) from your point of view, but to hear from a child and to see it from their point of view is totally different; it opens your eyes.’ (Mother)
The ‘conspiracy of silence’ refers to the reluctance that mothers and children may have to talk with each other about their experience of domestic abuse after it has ended. NSPCC’s evaluation of its Domestic Abuse Recovering Together (DART) service indicates that breaking the conspiracy of silence can improve esteem, confidence, wellbeing and relationships.