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The role and impact of volunteers within family support: 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 including national policy drivers for the increased use of volunteers within family support – including for families in contact with social care services
  • What is known about the use of volunteers in family support interventions generally
  • What makes for effective volunteer input into social care-led interventions with families
  • To what extent have these services proven to be cost-effective to date