Outcomes Data

Placement Information

Number of placements prior to Childhood First.

The children had an average of 5 placements before coming to Childhood First.

This ranges from 1 to 9 placements.

Our children have long and stable placements with us.

Nature of placement ending

Positive planned move – 78%

Unplanned move/breakdown – 22%

Next placement after Childhood First


Education on arrival

Before arriving to Childhood First the child had inconsistent education due to multiple placements and various difficult home circustances inhibiting their education.

  • 63% had some to severe issues around education attendance
  • 91% had some to servere issues around education attainment
  • 50% had previously been excluded
  • 62% has SEN

Education on leaving

Average attendance while at Childhood First for the group of leavers was 86%.

The children’s attendance is excellent with majority attending and a few attending at a 100% average.

Background Issues on arrival

Family make up

Accommodated by local authority: 46%

Lived with birth parents: 25%

Foster placement: 29%


Emotional abuse/neglect: 100%

Physical abuse: 86%

Sexual abuse: 44%

Lived in poverty/social deprivation: 56%

Witnessed domestic/sexual violence: 83%

Mental Health

Depression: 71%

PTSD: 77%

Anxiety: 78%

Self harm: 63%

Family Contact

% of children who had regular contact with:

% of contacts which improved and were positive through the support from the therapeutic staff and family support workers

General demographic profile of leavers Aug 2016 – Aug 2019

Between the period of August 2016 to August 2019, we had 29 children leave their placement:
Earthsea (9), Greenfields (9), Gables (4), Merrywood (7). The age range on leaving was 7 to 17 years old and included 9 girls and 20 boys.

Observational summary on leaving

100% of our CYP have improved in at least one aspect of their emotional, behavioural and psychological wellbeing.

This may be coming to terms with an event from the past and being able to speak and reflect on it, or creating better relationships with their peers.

For our children who arrive with so many difficulties, it is great to see these improvements they make from their therapeutic environment.

Comments the children made before leaving about what they like about their stay at Childhood First

My link worker knows how to comfort me and how to respond to me.

I don’t feel like anyone will hurt me or upset me.

Sports with the adults.

They look after me how I would like them too.

I have lots of fun here, the adults care for me here.

To make new friends with the other children.

I like the garden and the adults are helpful.

The help the adults give me, they make sure I’m happy.

They look after me properly. They give me the right amount of food.

There is a lot of people to talk to about my feelings.

I trust the adults more than anyone in my life.

I have people in my life who care and want to help me.

Child Outcomes Measures

89% have improved on their psychological and social functioning!

The child Global Assessment scale scores the children’s level of psychological and social functioning.

Here we can see a shift to improve levels of function from their first to last test.

The average score on arrival was 40. (serious problems).

The average score on leaving was 50. (some noticable problems).

61% of children that left their placement improved their emotional and behavioural functioning!

The Strengths and Difficulties questionaire screens for emotional and behavioural difficulties.

Here we can see a decrease in ’cause for concern’ and an increase in ‘normal’ scoring test from their first and last SDQ.

% of children that improved on their set goals

Goal 1 – 85%

Goal 2 – 81%

Goal 3 – 63%