What does Effective Children’s Social Care Look like?

How can we measure the service we provide?

This report featured by Care Knowledge sets out the findings of a feasibility study that aimed to understand how to define ‘good’ children’s social care services and how to assess whether they have improved.

Eleven child outcome variables were selected from DFE’s Looked after Children in England including adoption (year ending 31st March 2015) dataset and the Characteristics of Children in Need (year ending March 31st 2015) dataset. These indicators included missing from care, care leavers in education and offending of looked after children. But is the child outcome data collected at a national level even the right data to use to assess the effectiveness of children’s social care services?

You can read the full report here.