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The role and impact of enhanced administrative support to social work teams: a rapid research review

Report | July 2015

This rapid research review has been prepared to inform the DfE-funded Innovation Programme in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight but it is of interest more broadly to all local authority children`s services departments working with vulnerable children and young people.

With reference to existing findings from research, government-commissioned reviews and best practice guidance, the review explores:

  • The context for local authority use of `super-administrators` to support the work of child in need social workers – including the exploration of the use of these workers within the `Hackney Model`
  • The extent to which enhanced administrative support for individual social workers makes a difference what is known and what is still unclear
  • What are the key lines of enquiry with regard to the use of enhanced administrative support in relation to the Hampshire and Isle of Wight innovation.