Leeds Family Valued Evaluation Report July 2017 released

22 August 2017

Leeds Family Valued Evaluation report by Paul Mason, Harry Ferguson, Kate Morris et al has been published. 

The research examining the effectiveness of the programme in providing children’s and social work services to more families, including those affected by domestic violence. NetCare played a key role in being one of the main training providers. We were delighted to read that the authors of the report  singled out Restorative Social Work as being key to the programmes success. NetCare have been delivering Restorative Social Work Training© for over five years to Social Care staff throughout the UK.

Key findings

Overall, almost all of the Family Valued outcomes had been achieved. There were statistically significant reductions in: 

• number of looked after children (CLA)

• rate of CLA per 10,000 population • number of Child Protections Plans (CPPs)

• number of children in need (CIN)

Other outcomes show a trend in the desired direction, but these are not yet statistically significant:

• average caseload per fte (full time equivalent) social worker

• improvements in school attendance

• rates of re-referrals for domestic violence

• number of children leaving care

• number of children and young people returning to their families after being in care

• length of time before leaving care
The Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA) focuses upon the core FGC strand of Family Valued and not the programme as a whole. It compares the costs and savings of the New Delivery Model (NDM) – that is, FGCs – with Business as Usual (BAU) – that is, social work involvement without FGCs. It does not include savings from outcomes, because of the limited timescale for the evaluation. It found savings as a consequence of less time spent in the social care system, that are estimated at £755 per family.  If intended outcomes are achieved and sustained, these savings will increase significantly.

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