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As one of the authors of ‘Safeguarding Pressures Research – Phase 4’ commissioned by the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS), Philip Brocklehurst writes about the importance of children’s social care data in aiding policy making and improving practice.
“It's so often the case that an examination of social data alone raises questions rather than answers them (as I have spent much of my career telling people!), but with the inclusion of the qualitative responses to the ‘Safeguarding Pressures Research’, we have been able to provide a genuine narrative throughout the findings report, describing local experiences of what is driving the changes described by the data. 
It's been interesting to note through the development of the research the extent to which more and more authorities provide reflective, evidence-based assessments of the changes they are experiencing; perhaps this is a sign of growing confidence in relating data, research and other evidence to practice?” 

Read Philip’s full article on p14 of the latest issue of Sanctuary Social Work News magazine

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