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There is an urgent need to reduce the number of children being taken into care in Oxfordshire and to address this Oxfordshire County Council is implementing a large, ambitious change to the current system of safeguarding children by focussing on the needs of the whole family. This new model is called 'family solutions plus'. This project supports the organisations running this new model by designing a rigorous evaluation of how effective the safeguarding change is and how well it achieves what the system aims to do.  

Part of our Improving Health and Social Care research theme

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Aims

  • Design an evaluation, in collaboration with Oxfordshire County Council and partners which will capture the effects from changing the current system of safeguarding children to the Family Safeguarding model.




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Deliverables

  • Capturing the impact of the system change by the difference in agreed, measurable outcomes at all stages of the system implementation - before implementation, during and after.

  • Using the evaluation to measure potential benefits and cost savings.

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Expected Impact

  • Understand if the objectives of the family safeguarding intervention have been met according to the experience of the children, parents, carers and practitioners who use the service.



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