Children in need of help and protection: call for evidence.

Closed 1 Jul 2018

Opened 16 Mar 2018


We want to understand what it is that makes the difference to the educational outcomes of Children in Need in practice, how some Children in Need can achieve better educational outcomes than others, and what works in enabling Children in Need to achieve their potential.

We need to develop a stronger evidence base, going beyond the data to look at what is happening in practice. At different stages in a child’s life, or when requiring different levels of statutory social care support, children’s needs will require a different response. At each of these stages, a child may work with a variety of professionals who offer support to a child and to their family, to improve a child’s circumstances.

Through the call for evidence, we want to understand how the work of professionals supporting Children in Need can make a difference to a child’s educational outcomes. Specifically, we are interested in:

  • how support is delivered or commissioned to help children
  • how this support is measured and evaluated
  • how this support influences educational outcomes

Children in Need are a legally defined group of children, assessed as needing help and protection as a result of risks to their development or health. This group includes children subject to Child in Need Plans, Child Protection plans, Looked After Children, young carers; and disabled children.



What Happens Next

What will we do with responses?

We will use the responses to the call for evidence to help us understand current practice and identify promising areas for further research.


  • Anyone from any background


  • Education
  • Health and wellbeing (Looked after children)
  • Support in education
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Intervention
  • Pupil data
  • Statutory policies and guidance
  • Keeping children safe in education and other settings
  • Preventing neglect, abuse and exploitation
  • Safeguarding disabled children
  • Alternative provision
  • Disabled children
  • SEND code of practice
  • Teaching and learning (SEND)
  • Adult social care
  • Adult social work