About What Works CSC

Seeking better outcomes for children, young people and families

What we do

What Works for Children’s Social Care seeks better outcomes for children, young people and families by bringing the best available evidence to practitioners and other decision makers across the children’s social care sector.

Our research looks at the point of referral through to permanence, including adoption, care-leaver support and targeted early help. We focus on children’s social care practice in England and draw on and share learning at the international level.

We were commissioned by the Department for Education to work alongside CASCADE at Cardiff University. Engagement and co-design are central to our approach and we are working in close consultation with leaders, practitioners, children and young people, families and researchers across the sector to:

  • Identify gaps in the evidence, and create new evidence through trials and evaluations
  • Collate, synthesise and review existing evidence
  • Develop, test and publish tools and services that support the greater use of evidence and inform the design of the future Centre
  • Champion the application of robust standards of evidence in children’s social care research.

Meet the team

At What Works for Children’s Social Care we’re passionate about helping the children’s social care sector to foster a culture of evidence-based practice to achieve the very best outcomes for children and young people. Find about more about the team.


Our Stakeholders

Hearing different voices is vital, so we have different ways of listening to our stakeholders.

Stakeholder Advisory Group

We have recruited three Young Advisors who have lived experience of children’s social care to advise the Senior Management Team and the Founding Board about young people’s views and needs. Although we don’t expect young people to access the Centre’s evidence, as the ultimate beneficiaries of better evidence, they should have a voice in the management of the organisation.

We are working with Mind Of My Own, an organisation who create digital tools to enable young people’s voices to be heard, to support to us with engaging a large number of children and young people in better understanding their experiences of children’s social care and in supporting us with identifying new areas for our research. We are excited to be working with Mind Of My Own and focus groups of young people to co-produce this piece of work.

Hearing the voice of children and young people

We have recruited three Young Advisors who have lived experience of children’s social care to advise the Senior Management Team and the Founding Board about young people’s views and needs. Although we don’t expect young people to access the Centre’s evidence, as the ultimate beneficiaries of better evidence, they should have a voice in the management of the organisation.

We are working with Mind Of My Own, an organisation who create digital tools to enable young people’s voices to be heard, to support to us with engaging a large number of children and young people in better understanding their experiences of children’s social care and in supporting us with identifying new areas for our research. We are excited to be working with Mind Of My Own and focus groups of young people to co-produce this piece of work.

Engaging Children and Young People in our Research

We have recruited three Young Advisors who have lived experience of children’s social care to advise the Senior Management Team and the Founding Board about young people’s views and needs. Although we don’t expect young people to access the Centre’s evidence, as the ultimate beneficiaries of better evidence, they should have a voice in the management of the organisation.

We are working with Mind Of My Own, an organisation who create digital tools to enable young people’s voices to be heard, to support to us with engaging a large number of children and young people in better understanding their experiences of children’s social care and in supporting us with identifying new areas for our research. We are excited to be working with Mind Of My Own and focus groups of young people to co-produce this piece of work.

Reaching Out to Social Workers

We have recruited three Young Advisors who have lived experience of children’s social care to advise the Senior Management Team and the Founding Board about young people’s views and needs. Although we don’t expect young people to access the Centre’s evidence, as the ultimate beneficiaries of better evidence, they should have a voice in the management of the organisation.

We are working with Mind Of My Own, an organisation who create digital tools to enable young people’s voices to be heard, to support to us with engaging a large number of children and young people in better understanding their experiences of children’s social care and in supporting us with identifying new areas for our research. We are excited to be working with Mind Of My Own and focus groups of young people to co-produce this piece of work.


Our research partner – Cardiff University

Hearing different voices is vital, so we have different ways of listening to our stakeholders.


Governance

The Centre’s work is overseen by our Founding Board and a range of stakeholder panels and groups.

Our Supporters

What Works for Children’s Social Care was set up with support from:

Research Partner:

Funded by the Department for Education


What Works for Children’s Social Care is part of the What Works Network

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