Leeds Family Valued: evaluation report

MASON Paul, et al
Great Britain. Department for Education
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Report on the Family Valued programme, which looked to improve practice across children’s services and the social work service in Leeds, including for families experiencing domestic violence. Key elements of the programme included the expansion of the Family Group Conferencing (FGC) service to more families, including those affected by domestic violence and training to embed restorative practice across social work, children’s services and the wider workforce for children, families and communities. The evaluation included qualitative interviews, observations of practice, surveys of practitioners and families, analysis of administrative data and impact analysis. The evaluation found that after 16 months there were statistically significant reductions in the: number of looked after children (CLA); rate of CLA per 10,000 population; number of Child Protections Plans (CPPs); and number of children in need (CIN). Positive trends were also identified in other areas, including: average caseload per social worker, rates of re-referrals for domestic violence, and number of children leaving care. The report provides recommendations for other local authorities considering restorative practice. (Edited publisher abstract)

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family group conferences, family-centred approach, interagency cooperation, strengths-based approach, training, social work, social workers, domestic violence, intervention;
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Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme Evaluation Report
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