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Sharing the evidence of 'what works' in local areas
C4EO works with local areas and services (across the public, private, voluntary
and community sectors) to gather examples of excellent local practice which have
led to significantly improved outcomes for children, young people and their families.
Examples are assessed by a panel of sector experts who consider them against robust
criteria, including the ability for other local areas to implement and use this
C4EO shares this evidence to inspire best practice across regions and local areas,
and incorporates examples into reviews of 'what works' for each theme. Increasingly,
validated local practice is also being assessed for its cost-effectiveness, giving
leaders and managers the unit cost of interventions and supporting the social return
Validated local practice
a clear description, strong rationale and strong evidence of impact and outcomes
for children, young people and their families.
a clear description, good rationale and some evidence of impact and outcomes for
children, young people and their families.
a clear description and rationale with clearly defined steps identified towards service redesign and/or transformation.
There may be little or no evidence yet of impact and outcomes for children, young people and their families.
Find out more about our latest call for action.
Latest local practice examples
Submitting an example needs to be supported by evidence showing outcomes and changes
that have been achieved. The result is a substantial bank of quality assured local
practice which has improved the lives of children, young people or their families.
Please read the guidance notes before submitting your example.
How to run a robust validation process
This guide provides recommendations on how to run a robust process for validating examples of local practice interventions developed to improve outcomes.
Validating Local Practice - from concept to validation
This guide describes the thinking and process stages for organisations and individuals wishing to examine and evaluate their local practice with a view to its validation.
Latest calls for evidence
Validated Local Practice calls
Improving frontline social work practice and supervision in safeguarding:
Working alongside the Children’s Improvement Board, C4EO is currently keen to receive practice examples – from local authorities
and their partner agencies in the public, voluntary and/or private sector – which have been introduced to improve the wellbeing and life
chances of children, young people and their families by increasing capacity in frontline social work practice and improving supervision
We are particularly keen to hear from local areas who have:
Read more about improving frontline social work practice and supervision in safeguarding.
- Used “champions” or “change agents” at Team Leader/Manager level as part of an improvement programme on social work supervision and practice.
These may be consultants, appointed associates, interim appointments, or secondments both from within the agency and external to it.
- Used peer secondment or regional support programmes to provide peer to peer support and to coach, support and mentor social work and safeguarding colleagues.
- Worked to ensure sustained peer contact within a framework of professional development and reflective practice, learning and workforce development, which has had a tangible impact on service outcomes.
Request for Local Practice Examples: raising the educational attainment of children and young people by improving communication with and increasing the engagement and involvement of parents and carers.
C4EO and the Sheffield City Wide Learning Body (CWLB) is seeking to identify innovative and proven practice that will improve the educational attainment of children and young people throughout their school years. We know there is some excellent work in progress in some of our schools and we want to be able to share these more widely across all schools in Sheffield city.
Read more about this request for practice examples.
Request for evidence-based interventions at the earliest possible time
WAVE Trust and C4EO are dedicated to improving outcomes for children and families
through the promotion of evidence-based interventions at the earliest possible time,
both pre- and post- birth, with a particular emphasis on primary prevention ('Interventions
which ward off the initial onset of a disorder' (i.e. stopping harm before it happens).
Read more on the WAVE Trust and
C4EO request for practice examples (45Kb PDF file, 3 pages).
Emerging Practice calls