childrens services

Governance toolkit : children's centres and extended schools

There is a need to set up governance arrangements for both children’s centres and extended schools in order to ensure public accountability. This toolkit is published by Children's Trust Partnership, Hertfordshire.

Resourceful leadership : leading for outcomes in a time of shock

A study based on research commissioned by the National College for Leadership of Schools and Children's Services in partnership with Centre for Outcomes in Children and Young People's Services C4EO. The research took place during 2010 and early 2011. The research period therefore spanned cuts introduced by the Coalition Government immediately after the 2010 Generation Election, a broader programme of cost reduction initiated by the 2010 spedngin Review, as well as specific policy reforms that have begun across a number of public services.

C4EO golden threads

The Golden Threads are the ten key messages that underpin the work of the Centre for Excellence and Outcomes in Children's and Young People's Services (C4EO). Together they act as a whole, requiring committed and visionary leadership to make them a reality

Enjoy, achieve and be healthy: the mental health of Black and minority ethnic children and young people

Document that is based on work undertaken between October 2010 and March 2011 and is presented in two parts. The first section highlights the need for greater consideration to be given to meeting the needs of Black and minority ethnic children and young people in all aspects of children’s services provision. Some of the key themes, policies and programmes are summarised and questions raised about their application to engage with and effectively address the needs of Black and minority ethnic children, young people and their families.

Too old to care?: the experiences of older grandparents raining their grandchildren

Report that focuses on the experiences of older grandparents (those aged over 65) who are raising their grandchildren.

Th study aims to provide insight into the circumstances of older kinship carers, and the challenges they experience, in order to bring forward recommendations for improving the support provided to them and the children they are raising.

Final report of the social pedagogy pilot programme: development and implementation

Research commissioned by government to develop and implement a pilot programme in order to determine the impact of, and best method for, introducing a social pedagogic approach in residential children’s homes in line with the Care Matters White Paper’s commitment (DCSF 2007).

The report documents the development and implementation part of the pilot programme.

Children on the edge of care

A report of children’s views by the Children’s Rights Director for England.

Implementing outcomes based accountability in children’s services: an overview of the process and impact

The Outcomes Based Accountability (OBA) model has been used as a way of structuring planning to improve outcomes for whole populations and for improving services. The OBA approach focuses on outcomes that are desired and monitoring and evidencing progress towards those desired outcomes. NFER was commissioned by Local Government Association Analysis and Research (LGAAR), on behalf of Local Government Improvement and Development, to identify the impact of the OBA approach on LA practice in Children's Services through nine case studies (18 interviews with strategic and operational staff).

'Don't make assumptions': children's and young people's views of the child protection system and messages for change

Research commissioned by the Office of the Children’s Commissioner and carried out by a team from the University of East Anglia, it documents children and young people’s views of the child protection system and considers how these views might contribute to improving responses to abuse and neglect.

It aimed to gather the views of children and young people living with their parents, who all had a child protection plan in place. The research comes during a period when the child protection system in England is being reviewed.

The Social Research Unit

The Social Research Unit (SRU) aims to help communities and children’s services agencies to use research.