Report 58: Therapeutic approaches to social work in residential child care settings

Evaluation of therapeutic approaches

In April 2010, DHSSPS asked SCIE to commission an evaluation of therapeutic approaches. SCIE commissioned the Institute of Child Care Research at Queen’s University Belfast, to undertake this evaluation of the models and has remained involved throughout the process.

The evaluation was carried out in three stages:

  1. Scoping – A scoping literature review of the approaches/models deployed within the trusts.
  2. Experience – Qualitative interview research with 18 home managers and 38 residential child care workers about their experience of implementing the models, and interviews with 29 young people.
  3. Indications of impact – An online survey of a further 126 residential child care workers and analysis of untoward events recorded in administrative data from before and after implementation.

A steering group of senior managers from each of the trusts provided oversight for the project. We also received advice from the young person’s advisory group at Voices of Young People in Care (VOYPIC).

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