Evaluation of Shelter Children's Services is published

Posted on Wednesday 1st February 2012

Keys to the Future: Independent evaluation of Shelter Children's Services

Researchers at the University of Birmingham's Institute of Applied Social Studies , who carried out an independent evaluation of the Shelter 'Keys to the Future' programme, have now published their Evaluation Report and Executive Summary of their findings.

In 2004, Shelter launched its Million Children Campaign to raise awareness of the impact of homelessness on children and families. In response to issues highlighted by the campaign, Shelter made a proactive decision to develop a range of pilot services for children, young people and families, that could test new ways of working to prevent child homelessness and to support children who were already homeless to achieve better outcomes.

The Shelter Children's Services programme, that was developed as a consequence, consisted of seven locality-based services, a legal service, an advice line for frontline workers in children's services and wider co-ordination activities that aimed to influence policy and disseminate the good practice generated by the programme. Collectively, the programme was branded 'Keys to the Future'.

Read the full Evaluation Report: Keys to the Future - An independent evaluation of Shelter Children's Services: England and Scotland (PDF)

Read the Executive Summary: Keys to the Future - An independent evaluation of Shelter Children's Services: England and Scotland (PDF)