We support organisations working with or for children and young people by providing expert advice, practical guidance, and bespoke training.
Our extensive experience, fantastic networks and in-house research centre means we are ideally placed to provide you with expert advice, evidence-based training and hands-on consultancy.
We can provide sustained support to help you review provision, develop a particular area of practice or prepare for legislative change. As a Strategic Partner of the Department of Education we have helped shape a number of major policy initiatives, such as legislation on special educational needs. This means we are able to equip others about new statutory requirements. We work with local authorities, schools, commissioners and health and social care providers to help you adopt best practice and deliver the best outcomes for children and young people.
Our consultants are expert practitioners recruited from education and children's services, health and the voluntary sector who have extensive hands-on experience in the sector. We understand the challenges and the increased pressure on services to deliver better outcomes and will work with you to help navigate the barriers, explore the best solutions and deliver a template of ‘what works’ for you.
We’ve worked with a host of organisations from the local to the national level. We worked with the Department of Health to produce the Lenehan review into the care of disabled children and young people with complex needs and with NHS England to advise on making the NHS constitution accessible to children and young people. We’ve also worked with numerous local authorities to help them develop practical approaches to delivering their statutory duties.
If you’re interested in finding out how we can help you then please give our business support team email us at email@example.com.
The NCB research centre was established 50 years ago with the aim of building a strong evidence-base that can be used to understand and inform best practice in the children’s sector. Our researchers have produced agenda setting work that has generated considerable national media coverage in areas like children missing education.
Our team of expert researchers have worked on issues including child poverty, early childhood development, early intervention, literacy and mathematics in the early years, children in care and mental health.
We offer a multidisciplinary perspective supported by our extensive networks across education, health and social care. We are also unique in that we train and work with a group of Young Research Advisers who inform, review and evaluate the research we carry out.
We work in close partnership with academic institutes, public bodies and government departments to use our research evidence to improve outcomes. All our research feeds into our policy and practice work to ensure that we make a positive and lasting impact for children and young people.
You can see some of our recent research projects here. Or if you’d like to speak to one of team about possible collaborations or research work then please email Gayle Munro, Head of Research and Evidence, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Young Research Advisors
We involve young people in our research and policy work, because we recognise that young people are experts on their lives, and through their direct input our work is even more effective.
We have built a skilled and diverse team of Young Research Advisors aged between 12 and 25, and trained them in a range of research methods in order to assist with our work.
If you would like to work with our Young Research Advisors, then please email Philippa Watts.
We offer a series of training packages that can be delivered whenever and wherever you need them.
We are a highly respected training provider with a staff team dedicated to delivering the highest possible quality of service. We bring a rigorous understanding of the legal and policy frameworks allied to an understanding of how to make it work at a local level.
Our specialist trainers can offer training programmes in areas including special educational needs and disability, sex education and relationships, early years practice, social care and safeguarding and inclusion. Our training on the implications of the Mental Capacity Act for young people received strong evaluation feedback from practitioners. Eighty two percent of people who attended our Mental Capacity Act training said it had informed their practice and 72% said it gave them the right level of knowledge.
Some of our regular training includes:
Hands on training for social workers and SEN practitioners on providing practical support for children with disabilities and special educational needs. NCB had 133,000 users of our training on special educational needs. Including how to make your settings more inclusive, understanding the Children and Families Act 2014, and safeguarding.
Specially developed training on how to effectively reduce the bullying of disabled children and those with special educational needs in schools. This training is open access and can be completed online.