Updates from the What Works Network: December 2016 – March 2017

Recent news from other What Works Centres includes:

 The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

  • Published new quality standards on mental health problems in people with learning disabilities recommending annual checks as many people are currently going undiagnosed.
  • Published new guidance recommending all children and young people, from pre-school to university age, be taught the importance of hand washing and managing some common infections themselves as part of a campaign to reduce antimicrobial resistance and launched a range of snapchat communications to publicise these messages.

The College of Policing: What Work Centre for Crime Reduction

  • Held a conference at the British Library with academic partners, with sessions on the Crime Reduction Toolkit, how to prevent domestic violence, effective offender interventions, tackling cybercrime, and future crime threats.
  • Is about to publish the latest systematic review on Electronic Monitoring of Offenders.
  • Trialled stop and search training in six police forces, with over 1,000 officers, with a focus on practical legal decisions, unconscious bias and fair and respectful treatment. The pilot showed effects immediately post training, some of which remained at a three-month follow-up. The content is being introduced across England and Wales.
  • Launched Guiding Principles for Organisational Leadership with Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and National Police Chiefs’ Council to support police leaders to embed an evidence-based approach, and inform inspection of leadership.
  • The Association of Police and Crime Commissioners and National Police Chiefs’ Council joint National Policing Vision 2025 has set out the College’s role in transforming the workforce, equipping practitioners across policing to build knowledge and standards based on evidence.

The Early Intervention Foundation

  • Published a rapid review on inter-parental relationship support (following their research showing relationship critical for child mental health and outcomes). The review showed that low-income families who could most benefit from relationship support may not be able to access the help they need. It recommends embedding relationship support in local systems and services.
  • Produced Parenting Support for Troubled Families, a guide for commissioners. This examines 24 parenting interventions which have evidence of improving outcomes for children and families. It also provides advice about commissioning and implementing these programmes effectively

What Works Centre for Wellbeing

  • Published a scoping review on wellbeing and housing, showing e.g. that improvements to physical infrastructure (e.g. measures to tackle fuel poverty, reduce mould, improve home safety) can improve physical and mental health
  • Published a systematic review of the wellbeing impacts of retirement, suggesting how policy can help individuals manage a happy transition into retirement.
  • Published systematic reviews of unemployment, re-employment and wellbeing; actions which employers can take to improve job quality and wellbeing; learning at work and wellbeing.
  • The annual lecture on the 6th March focused on wellbeing inequalities alongside the launch of analysis comparing wellbeing inequalities across local authorities.

What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth

  • Plans to launch new toolkit on apprenticeships evidence on the effectiveness of financial incentives, pre-apprenticeships and mentoring on take up and completion of apprenticeship

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