Our Work

We work with children’s services - social care, youth justice, education and health - in England and Wales, with central government departments, and with a wide range of voluntary organisations.

Although our current work reflects the changing themes and concerns in children’s services, our approach and our aims stay the same – to make a real and lasting difference to the lives of vulnerable children.

Children in secure accommodation

An analysis of the needs of a group of children admitted to secure accommodation in one local area, to understand how such admissions might be reduced in future.

Commissioned by Cumbria County Council

Assessment skills and analysis

Delivery of workshops for team managers, using case material to develop analytical skills in assessment.

Commissioned by Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council

Coaching programme for practitioners to improve assessment skills

A series of workshops for teams and individual practitioners to introduce a needs-based outcome-focused approach to analysing practitioners’ cases.

Commissioned by various local authorities

Assessment skills and analysis

Delivery of workshops for all front line social work staff and their managers using case material to develop analytical skills in assessment.

Commissioned by: Monmouthshire County Council with the Social Service Improvement Agency

Independent social work assessments

Undertaking independent social work assessments using the concepts need, seriousness of need, outcome and plan.

Commissioned by NCH

Developing needs-led, outcome-focused services

A project to achieve organisational and cultural change at all levels to support the development of services which are needs-led and outcome focused rather than service-led and process focused.

Commissioned by Cumbria County Council

Research briefings for local authority councillors

A series of research briefings with the aim of providing information about key research findings, good practice, and policy developments that will help councillors improve outcomes for children and families in need by ensuring that adequate and effective services are provided for them.

Protecting children from significant harm.

Commissioned by research in practice and I&DEA

Building capacity to meet the mental health needs of young people in alternative education (Pupil Referral Units)

A three-year project working with 5 local authorities to assess the needs of young people in PRUs and design, implement and evaluate ways in which teaching and non-teaching staff can develop their work in responding to the needs identified.

Commissioned by National Children's Bureau

Cardiff Family Support Strategy

An audit of the needs of children and families in touch with social care, health, education and a range of voluntary organisations across the city, to inform the family support strategy.

Commissioned by Cardiff City Council

Implementing a multi-agency consultation process

A series of workshops for practitioners and managers across the LSCB focusing on analysis and assessment in preparation for the implementation of a multi-agency consultation process.

Commissioned by Caerphilly Borough Council