Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme (DfE)

The Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme was launched by the UK government’s Department for Education (DfE) to test innovative ways of supporting vulnerable children and young people with investment of up to £200m.

The centre is responsible for developing and delivering evaluations for seven of the funded projects based across the UK, drawing on a range of methods to help increase the quality of the evidence base.

The team are investigating how much progress funded projects have made towards achieving the overall Innovation Programme objectives, whether the projects meet their objectives, how the people involved are affected, and whether they are more effective than previous provision or services in other areas.

The projects being evaluated are:

  • Mockingbird Family Model (project led by the Fostering Network)
  • Lifelong Links (project led by Family Rights Group)
  • House project (University of York evaluation lead)
  • Bradford’s B Positive Pathway

Three ‘Targeted Funding Opportunities’ focused on ‘Staying Close’ support for care leavers moving on from residential care are also being evaluated by the team.

External team members include Jo Dixon, University of York (CI).


Former team member: Ellie Ott, Louise McGrath-Lone

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