Evaluation of Growing Futures: research report

McCRACKEN Katie, et al
Great Britain. Department for Education
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An evaluation of Growing Futures, established in Doncaster to improve the outcomes of families, and particularly children and young people who have experienced Domestic Violence and Abuse. Specifically, the programme was designed to examine past difficulties with multi-agency working, poor levels of trust between services and their users, and improve the way services were working with families, children and young people. The focus the evaluation is the impact of a new model of working with families, enacted by Domestic Abuse Navigators (DAN). Innovative features of the approach include whole family working with victims, perpetrators and children; development of therapeutic relationships between DANs and family members; and absence of short time-limits on interventions. Key findings from the evaluation are discussed in the areas of improving direct and outreach work with families and communities and improving multi-agency working. The results of the evaluation found that in some cases the new model of working, particularly the DAN role, enabled a better relationship between professionals and DVA victims and families. Action research with young people also raised awareness of DVA. (Edited publisher abstract)

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interagency cooperation, domestic violence, families, social workers, family-centred approach, staff-user relationships, intervention, information sharing;
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Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme evaluation report
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