Children’s services

Shaping the whole continuum of need

Here at IPC our consultancy, applied research, evaluation and skills development activities as well as our publications relate to all aspects of the continuum of need for children and families.

We work with organisations and partnerships to explore the sufficiency of early help for families facing difficult times through to specialist social care services, including child in need, child protection, and services for looked after children and care leavers. We're also looking at how these different parts of the continuum relate to and support each other to ensure that children and families are getting the right help at the right time.

Evaluating innovation

We are an independent evaluation partner for the Department for Education’s Innovation and Partners in Practice Programme, currently supporting four innovation and Partner in Practice sites, including:

  • The Hampshire Partner in Practice ‘Transformation Programme’ exploring whole system change in children’s social care
  • Calderdale’s ‘Positive Choices’ Programme exploring support to very vulnerable first time parents
  • Cornwall’s integrated early help services
  • North of Tyne children’s services collaboration

We previously evaluated innovation programmes in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead to improve targeted, culturally attuned family support to families at risk of requiring a Child in Need intervention / Child Protection Plan and in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight to achieve a reduction in demand for social work-led interventions. To inform these evaluations we produced a series of What Works literature reviews:

We have also been commissioned by the Department for Education to evaluate the Adoption Support Fund from 2018 onwards.

For Welsh Government, we have evaluated the Outcomes for Children with a Care Order and the extent to which Parents with a Learning Disability are supported to care for their children (2018–19). 

For a variety of public and voluntary sector organisations including Barnardo's and Family Action, we are evaluating intensive family support services, edge of care provision, domestic abuse supports, and therapeutic support for children who have experienced trauma and emotional health and well being services. 

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