An evaluation of supportive services offered to families in Monmouthshire aimed at strengthening families currently under a care order or a Special Guardianship Order.
This project is a 12-month evaluation of supportive services offered to families in Monmouthshire. Services are offered by a newly formed team who offer bespoke, time limited interventions aimed at strengthening families currently under a care order or a Special Guardianship Order.
While foster carers are offered an extensive programme of support services, kinship carers and SGOs are often ineligible for the same support, or what is on offer is not suitable for their needs. In addition, there are very few, if any, service models in Wales specifically designed to meet the needs of parents who have their children living at home under a care order.
The project is evaluating one service (Barnardo’s Families Together) which aims to address the needs of these parents and carers in Monmouthshire. The research aims to explore how the service model works, and if it is effective at meeting the needs of these populations.
Activities and Methods
The evaluation will employ mixed methods to explore the views of carers/parents and children receiving services, as well as the staff who are delivering the model. It will compare key outcomes such as placement breakdown, successful SGO applications and care entry with data from the previous year of service.
|Principal Investigator||Lorna Stabler|
|Academic staff||Donald Forrester|
|PhD Student||Rebecca Jones (PhD student)|
|Related Schools||School of Social Science|