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IMPROVING THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE CHILD PROTECTION SYSTEM

The EIF have published an overview report providing a summary of key findings and lessons from five detailed research papers answering the questions:

  1. What has been shown to improve outcomes for children in the child protection system?
  2. What do we know about what local areas are delivering as part of the child protection system?
  3. What do we know about the overall effectiveness of the child protection system?

The review of evidence published has identified interventions that have been shown through robust studies to be effective in improving outcomes for vulnerable children.

It highlights some clear gaps and issues in relation to the available evidence that need to be addressed. This includes ensuring that evidence of impact is developed for some of the widely used approaches where it is not yet available. This information should also include detail about the costs of delivery and cost–benefit analysis, to help other areas develop business cases.

They also argue that it should also be a priority to conduct robust evaluation of some of the ‘innovative but not yet evidenced’ multi-disciplinary approaches to assessment and delivery which are widely used, such as multi-agency safeguarding hubs (MASH).

See more here.