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Loughborough University

Centre for Child and Family Research

Exploring costs and outcomes

Extending the Cost Calculator for looked after children in Scotland

Extending the Cost Calculator for looked after children in Scotland - Funded by the Scottish Government

Background and aims

The Cost Calculator for Children’s Services (CCfCS) is a Microsoft Access computer application designed by CCFR to help local authorities cost the services and placements provided to looked after children. The CCfCS uses the unit costs of social work activities as the basis for building up the costs over time of placements and part placements. The calculations take into account diversity in children's needs, placement type and local authority procedures. The use of a common approach to calculate unit costs introduces greater transparency into cost estimations, making comparisons easier.

For more information about the CCfCS go to the Cost Calculator website

The Centre for Child and Family Research (CCFR), at Loughborough University has been commissioned by the Scottish Government to adapt the CCfCS to include cost calculations for children looked after in Scotland.

The aims of the research are:

Due for completion

July 2015

Research team

Samantha McDermid and Helen Trivedi

 

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