Developing a model of excellence for residential care


Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) work with Quality Protects Children will help shape new ways of looking after young people in care and assessing the effectiveness of support services.


August 2020 to August 2022 evaluation of the services provided by residential care provider Quality Protects Children (QPC). The research will help shape QPC’s services, including its Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress (SPARCS) group treatment, which aims to improve the social, emotional and behavioural functioning of adolescents who have experienced complex trauma.

MMU aim to develop a new model of excellence for the residential care sector based on the progress QPC has made since adopting SPARCS. They will use qualitative and quantitative methods to investigate and explore a range of areas, including: what QPC does, and how it does it, the views and experiences of the young people and staff involved with SPARCS

As part of the evaluation, MMU will: develop two scales of resilience, one for children in care and one for residential care workers, establish a protocol for assessing, recording and measuring interventions and outcomes for looked after children and the people and systems that support them, identify key factors for children, staff and organisations that influence service delivery and trauma-informed care.

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MMU Source: Research: Developing a model of excellence for residential care | Manchester Metropolitan University

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