Catalysing change: Foundations marks one year on from merger, advancing support for children and families

14th December 2023

Celebrating a milestone anniversary with a launch event this Wednesday 13th December, Foundations considers its achievements since its merger 12 months ago. Anchored in a collective mission to generate and champion actionable evidence that improves services to support family relationships, the What Works Centre for Children and Families has already made significant strides. 

In July this year, Foundations published findings from the largest-ever randomised control trial of Family Group Conferences (FGCs), estimating that 2000 children a year could remain with their families if an FGC was offered to all families in England at pre-proceedings stage. Foundations is now working with the Department for Education to ensure that high-quality FGCs are available to all families in England at pre-proceedings. In the last 12 months, Foundations has also published several pieces of research on kinship care and has been pleased to work directly with the Department for Education ahead of their kinship strategy.  

“This launch is a fantastic opportunity to acknowledge the strides we’ve made this year, and to express our gratitude to the partners who have helped us on our journey” says Dr Jo Casebourne, Chief Executive at Foundations. “We look forward to continuing to work together in the coming months, united by a shared mission to improve outcomes for vulnerable children”. 

Interviews with Dr Jo Casebourne available upon request. 

Contact: Charlotte Kelsted, Senior Press Officer: 07773 647 480 / 

Foundations was formed through the merger of What Works for Children’s Social Care (WWCSC) and the Early Intervention Foundation (EIF).