Outcomes for LACYP in Wales and across the UK have consistently been found to be of concern.


Children who are looked after do less well academically, are more likely to have health problems and are significantly over-represented in groups indicating serious concerns, such as people in prison or homeless. The Act is an exciting opportunity to reform social care in Wales. Improving experiences and outcomes for children in care will be a key test of whether the Act is successful. This project, developed in consultation with care-experienced young people, aims to support the delivery of the Act across Wales through an “action research” mixed-methods project that will work with social work teams to identify and develop best practice.

Activities and Methods

The project consists of three overlapping strands:

  • literature review- delivering outcomes-based social care for looked after children, alongside a mixed-methods evaluation of tools used to measure those outcomes.
  • collaboratively working with teams from three local authorities to understand how they are developing outcomes based care, well-being and principles of co-production in practice, and to support them to explore new ways of doing so.
  • supporting the teams to put these new resources or methods into action. Including replication of the methods undertaken in stage one, to produce a detailed picture of practices and methods and different experiences of their use.

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