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Machine learning in children’s services: does it work?

What Works for Children’s Social Care worked with four local authorities to develop models to predict eight outcomes for individual cases. The predictions all focused on a point within the children’s journey where the social worker would be making a decision about whether to intervene in a case or not and the level of intervention required, and looked ahead to see whether the case would escalate at a later point.

Matching in foster care and how we can improve it

The process of “matching” children and young people in care to their foster carers is a pivotal moment in the care journey; a good “match” decision, process of sharing information, and process of moving into the household can help a child feel safe, loved, and happy. In the UK, the majority of children in care live in fostering households and are affected by matching.

Child sexual exploitation: research evidence

Kairika Karsna, senior research and evaluation officer at the Centre of Expertise on Child Sexual Abuse, on why we need to ensure that we are capturing and understanding all forms of sexual abuse.

Transition from care to college

How the Higher Education Champions mentor support programme has helped looked-after children move successfully to university, and the key factors behind its success.