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Trust chosen for national project

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Doncaster Children’s Services Trust has been selected to become part of a newly-launched government initiative to help achieve better outcomes for children, young people and families across the country.

They are one of 21 local authorities and trusts delivering children’s social care to be selected to become first-wave partners with the new What Works Centre for Children’s Social Care.

This aims to bring together the best available evidence in the field for frontline workers and decision makers in the children’s social care sector.

The Trust, which delivers children’s social services on behalf of Doncaster Council, will work with the new centre, initially until December 2018, to help develop research; to design and test products and services; and to provide advice and support to other partners.

Pauline Turner, Director of Performance and Improvement at Doncaster Children’s Services Trust, said: “We are really pleased to be working with the What Works Centre as a first wave partner, helping to bring together knowledge from across the country of what really works to improve social work practice.

“From our own journey from inadequate to good, we have benefited from using evidence based research to improve our standard of practice and the service we deliver to the most vulnerable children and young people here in Doncaster and we hope to support others to do the same.”

Speaking about the partnerships, Sir Alan Wood, recently-appointed Founding Chair of the Centre, said:

“We are delighted that local authorities and trusts have shown such a high level of interest in working with the Centre. We know that to be effective, the Centre needs to remain close to the ground.

“These initial partnerships will help and support local leaders and practitioners to ensure that we most effectively meet the needs of children and families. They are not pilot sites. They are partners who will explore, co-design and test promising ideas rapidly with us. That includes ideas for our future products and services to help expand the use of evidence such as online evidence, peer-to-peer networking, and self-evaluation toolkits. And it includes developing insights into the kinds of interventions already being used, and exploring new ideas that could be tested and evaluated in more depth.”

Visit the What Works website  for more information about the programme.