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The social gradient in children's social care: evidence from the national datasets

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Time: 1.00pm - 2.30pm
Price: free
Speaker(s): Professor Rick Hood and Allie Goldacre, Kingston University and St Georges, University of London

The social gradient in children's social care: evidence from the national datasets

Please note: this event will be held online. Joining link will be sent after registration.

The social gradient in children's social care refers to the fact that children from more disadvantaged backgrounds have a higher chance of receiving a statutory intervention such as a protection plan or admission to care.

A new report launched this month by a team of researchers based at Kingston University considers evidence on the factors underlying variation in the social gradient, drawing on a quantitative analysis of data from the national Children in Need census for England. In a webinar to accompany the launch of this report, Rick Hood and Allie Goldacre will show how the social gradient varies systematically for particular groups of children and in different kinds of local authority.

Implications are discussed for the current reform agenda in the context of a historical shift to late intervention and widening social inequalities highlighted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

System conditions and inequalities in children's social care

System conditions and inequalities is a large three–year research project on children's social care funded by the Nuffield Foundation. To find out more about the study, and to download summaries and reports, please visit the project website.

If you have any questions about the seminar or the underlying research, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

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Contact: Anastasiya Stravolemova