The Reunification Practice Framework is an evidence-based resource to help practitioners assess whether or not to return a child or young person home from local authority care. It sets out clear stages, with evidence-based actions to undertake at each stage.
Following a successful evaluation, we made the Framework available for other organisations to use. In supporting other agencies to replicate the service, a process called scale-up, it can benefit more children and young people than if it were delivered only by us.
Eight local authorities took on the Framework and we interviewed staff using it or managing its implementation. We explored the facilitators and barriers to implementation and whether it was sustainable and had become embedded in practice. We will use this learning to improve the way we scale up the service.
Authors: Shirley Magilton
Local authorities are not always aware of what it takes to implement the Reunification Framework and had stopped implementation or did not plan to continue it.
Practitioners do not feel confident about using the Framework and not all managers and practitioners have been trained.
Local authorities are shortening the Framework or cutting sections from it to save time.
Local authorities are widening the use of the Framework and using it with other cases.
Future frameworks produced by the NSPCC should be shorter and be piloted in the environment in which it will be used.
Please cite as: Magilton, S. (2018) Implementation evaluation of reunification practice framework scale up: learning points for sustainable practice. London: NSPCC.
Sets out who looked after children are, why they may need additional help, and ways to provide them with the support they need.
A summary of risk factors and learning for improving practice for reunification and highlights key issues related to children returning home from care.
Explores the data and statistics available about looking after children, their experiences while in care and their outcomes to help professionals make evidence-based decisions.