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Centre for Child and Family Research

Exploring costs and outcomes

Head, Hands and Heart Bringing up children in foster care: a social pedagogic approach

Background and Aims 

The Centre for Child and Family Research (CCFR) at Loughborough University, in partnership with the Colebrooke Centre for Evidence and Implementation and Catch 22's National Care Advisory Service (NCAS) have been commissioned by the Fostering Network to evaluate the impact of a national demonstration programme (Head, Hands and Heart: a social pedagogic approach) to improve the quality of foster care.

The four year evaluation will adopt an Action Research approach to ensure continuous learning is fed back into practice. the evaluation has three elements:

An evaluation study of Head, Heart, Hands: Bringing up children in foster care: a social pedagogic approach can be found here: HHH Evaluation Summary. Further papers on HHH can be accessed here: Exploring the costs of HHH and Views of foster carers and Children and Young People.

Final Synthesis Report

The final synthesis report from the evaluation of the Head Heart Hands programme to introduce social pedagogy into foster care has now been published.

This new report from Centre for Child and Family Research at Loughborough University and the Colebrooke Centre analyses the impact of an ambitious four year national programme to introduce social pedagogy into seven fostering providers in England and Scotland. The report also examines the links between the way that the programme unfolded and the outcomes it achieved. This final report compliments the Implementation evaluation. To access a copy of the report or the executive summary, click here:  

 

Published Interim Reports

Further papers on the Head, Heart, Hands programme can be found here:

Implementing Head, Heart, Hands: SummaryImplementing Head, Heart, Hands: Summary

Implementing Head, Heart, Hands: Main Report

Implementing Head, Heart, Hands - implementation case studiesImplementing Head, Heart, Hands - implementation case studies

Informing debates about the sustainability of the Head, Heart, Hands programme

Developing the art of social pedagogy

Exploring the costs of Head, Heart, Hands and informing debates

Due for completion

October 2016

Research team

Lisa Holmes, Samantha McDermid and Helen Trivedi

 

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