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    Join our Research Ethics Committee!

    12 February 2020
    We are seeking to recruit 7-9 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 work in […]
  • read more about Increasing engagement with FDAC: An open call to develop light-touch interventions for families
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    Increasing engagement with FDAC: An open call to develop light-touch interventions for families

    5 November 2019
    With England set to face South Africa this weekend in a Rugby World Cup final that almost featured Wales, the differences between two of the nations that make up Great Britain have been at the front of coverage – and having gone to school just a few miles from the Severn Bridge, these sporting rivalries […]
  • read more about Across borders
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    Across borders

    30 October 2019
    With England set to face South Africa this weekend in a Rugby World Cup final that almost featured Wales, the differences between two of the nations that make up Great Britain have been at the front of coverage… …and having gone to school just a few miles from the Severn Bridge, these sporting rivalries have […]
  • read more about Call for applications: Multi-agency working with children’s social care
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    Call for applications: Multi-agency working with children’s social care

    23 October 2019
    We are delighted to be seeking participants for the extension of our Practice In Need of Evidence (PINE) programme, examining multi-agency partnerships working to improve outcomes in children’s social care. Applications can be from any statutory agencies involved in multi-agency partnership work to improve outcomes for children who are engaged with children’s social care. The […]
  • read more about Local authorities participating in Mockingbird Family Model trial announced
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    Local authorities participating in Mockingbird Family Model trial announced

    8 October 2019
    What Works for Children’s Social Care, in association with the Department for Education, is delighted to announce the launch of the Mockingbird Family Model across ten new local authorities, as part of ‘Supporting Families: Investing in Practice’. This programme will help hundreds more foster families with practical and emotional support and advice, helping them tackle […]
  • read more about Local authorities announced for expansion of Schwartz Rounds trial
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    Local authorities announced for expansion of Schwartz Rounds trial

    4 October 2019
    What Works for Children’s Social Care, in association with our research partners at Cascade, Cardiff University, is delighted to announce that our on-going project evaluating the use of Schwartz Rounds in children’s social care will be expanded to five additional local authorities. The project will begin shortly in: Bath and North East Somerset Council Derby […]
  • read more about Is evidence like a GPS?
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    Is evidence like a GPS?

    30 September 2019
    This month, I was at a conference and heard an analogy of machine learning – trying to use raw computer power and a lot of data to predict what’s likely to happen next – being described as like a GPS in your car. The speaker, a sceptic about the value of this approach, said they […]
  • read more about We’re recruiting!
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    We’re recruiting!

    27 September 2019
    We are recruiting for three new roles to grow our team: Practice Development Manager This role will engage with social workers and the wider sector, supporting local authorities to develop evidence mindedness and evidence readiness, and play a leading role in our “Practice in Need of Evidence” programme, building capacity and evidence around promising practice […]
  • read more about Could we be doing more to improve child protection plans?
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    Could we be doing more to improve child protection plans?

    9 September 2019
    Head of Practice, Anna Bacchoo, blogs about child protection plans and asks how they could be more effective. I have recently been thinking a lot about the plans we make when working with families, particularly child protection plans, and their impact and efficacy. These are a vital tool in safeguarding children and young people, but […]
  • read more about “An integral part of how we communicate emotions” – How Walsall Council is using Schwartz Rounds
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    “An integral part of how we communicate emotions” – How Walsall Council is using Schwartz Rounds

    6 September 2019
    Guest blog by Isabel Vanderheeren, Transformation Lead, Children’s Services, Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council We in Walsall feel proud to be one of the six local authorities testing the use of Schwartz Rounds in Children’s Services. Schwartz Rounds provide a regular, structured forum for staff to discuss the emotional and social aspect of their work, and […]
  • read more about Lots done, more to do
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    Lots done, more to do

    22 August 2019
    August has been a busy month for the team here at What Works for Children’s Social Care. We continued our visits to local authorities around the country and held the first meeting with our Young Advisors. Over the last two weeks we’ve also published the first interim reports from our two big primary research projects […]
  • read more about Call for more participants in Schwartz Rounds evaluation
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    Call for more participants in Schwartz Rounds evaluation

    22 August 2019
    What Works for Children’s Social Care is delighted to announce an expansion of the on-going project evaluating the use of Schwartz Rounds in children’s social care. The project will be expanded to six additional local authorities or trusts, and the application process is now open. Schwartz Rounds provide a regular, structured forum for all staff […]