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Children in need: Project Crewe

In 2014, the Department for Education funded the Social Work Innovation Fund, which aimed to encourage new thinking in how children’s services support young people. The Behavioural Insights Team have conducted an evaluation of one pilot funded through the Innovation Fund, Project Crewe.



Project Crewe aimed to close Children In Need cases and divert them from being re-referred or escalated by offering more intensive support early on. This innovative model was tested using a randomised controlled trial, in which young people were assigned either to receive the Project Crewe working model (the ‘treatment’ group), or the business as usual local authority service (the ‘control’ group).

Date Published

July 6, 2017