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Children's needs, types and costs of placements and their stability : comparisons using the Cost Calculator for Children's Services

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posted on 04.08.2008, 11:12 authored by Jean Soper, Lisa Holmes
Background and introduction: The Cost Calculator for Children's Services is a computer model formulated within a research programme. The initial study, on the costs and consequences of placing children in care or accommodation, formed part of a national research initiative funded by the Department of Health (and later the Department for Education and Skills) at a time when concerns were being expressed about spiralling costs, different agencies measuring these costs in different ways and pressures on limited resources. The model has now been developed, piloted and made available as a software application for use by social care agencies wishing to gain a better understanding of costs and their relationship to outcomes when children are placed in care or accommodation. It offers a variety of reports that allow users to carry out many different analyses.

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  • Social Sciences

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  • Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies

Research Unit

  • Centre for Child and Family Research

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SOPER, J. and HOLMES, L., 2008. Children's needs, types and costs of placements and their stability : comparisons using the Cost Calculator for Children's Services. Paper presented at Care Matters : Transforming Lives – Improving Outcomes Conference (incorporating the 8th International Looking After Children Conference), 7-9 July 2008, Keble College Oxford UK.

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Loughborough University

Publication date

2008

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This is a conference paper

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en

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