Children, young people and families are the focus of many aspects of social policy - from health and housing to crime and poverty reduction - that increasingly emphasise prevention and early intervention. The agenda emerging from the Allen Review (Early Intervention) and the Field Review (Child Poverty) bring an increasing focus on targeting families, alongside a growing recognition across the UK of family-focused, holistic and responsive provision that addresses families’ barriers as the most effective way of improving outcomes. New freedoms for local authorities in how budgets are allocated and the pressures to provide services that offer the best value for money in this context bring new challenges for them and their partners.
ICF GHK provides the research, evaluation and policy expertise that is essential for understanding the effectiveness of both strategic and practice approaches and the complex environment characterised by multi-agency and partnership working, the need for capacity building and third sector involvement.
ICF GHK works with clients, ranging from national government to local projects, to help them understand evidence and improve outcomes for children, young people and families.