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Practice Examples and Reports


NSPCC learning from Case Reviews and Assessment Tools can be found here.

The Evidence Based Decisions (EBD) service aims to support social workers to make the right decision at the right time when working with families where there are concerns about child neglect. NSPCC practitioners worked in partnership with local authority social workers using the North Carolina Family Assessment Scale (NCFAS-G) to focus on improving evidence, understanding and decision-making.

This report describes the different ways the EBD review was used and looks at how and why it differs from everyday practice:

Evidence Based Decisions Evaluation Report

Pathways Triple P (Positive Parenting Programme) is a service for parents of children who have, or are at risk of developing, behavioural problems. Triple P aims to help parents find practical parenting strategies that improve relationships with their children and build up a strong bond.

This report evaluates Pathways Triple P to see how it works and whether it works effectively to improve outcomes for neglected children:

Evaluation of Pathways Triple P

SafeCare works with parents of children under 6 who are at risk of experiencing significant harm through neglect. It’s delivered at home over 18-20 sessions and helps parents develop skills in the key areas of: interaction with their child, child health, and safety at home. SafeCare is a preventative programme from the USA which has been tested for the first time in the UK.

These two reports summarise quantitative and qualitative findings and consider evidence from the different perspectives of referral agencies and parents.

SafeCare Evaluation Reports

The Graded Care Profile (GCP) is designed to help practitioners spot when a child is at risk of neglect and get the right help to families earlier.

National evaluation of the Graded Care Profile

The Graded Care Profile 2 (GCP2) helps professionals measure the quality of care being given to a child. It’s an assessment tool that helps them to spot anything that’s putting that child at risk of harm.

Lessons learned from evaluating Graded Care Profile – 9 Steps to improving neglect assessments

Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme

The Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme (CSCIP) was launched in 2014 to test and share effective ways of supporting vulnerable children and young people who need help from children’s social care services.

Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme: insights and evaluation – GOV.UK