External evaluation of Norfolk children’s centres

Document type
Report
Corporate author(s)
RMRA; University of East Anglia, the Centre for Research on the Child and Family
Publisher
Action for Children
Date of publication
1 April 2009
Subject(s)
Children and Young People, Families, Social Work, Social Care and Social Services
Collection
Social welfare
Material type
Reports

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This external evaluation report is based on analysis of a range of primary data, which collectively cover a period of the Action for Children children’s centre activity from May 2008-April 2009. The evaluation is comprised of three main elements: mapping of centre activity with national and local policy developments; surveys of service provision; and a longitudinal case study with a sample of children and families examining experience and perceived impact of the children’s centre activity on the quality of family life. The evidence gathered in this evaluation has shown that the children’s centres managed by Action for Children provide well-targeted and appropriate support to children and their families. Evidence was found of effective working with a preventive focus, effective partnership, robust governance and parental involvement in children’s centre activity. The recommendations and key challenges identified by the report include consistency in local level child information sharing, continuing to develop and strengthen links between statutory, voluntary and community agencies, and the development of closer links with local schools.

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