The Centre for Excellence and Outcomes in Children and Young People's Services (C4EO) provides a range of products and services to support the children’s services sector. C4EO is renowned as a best practice hub for ‘what works’ in children's services and specialises in areas including adoption, children in care, early intervention, safeguarding, SEN and disability and early years.

Head to Chapter 2 to see how Pen Green used The Centre for Excellence Outcomes to validate their work.


The Early Intervention Foundation (EIF) is a charity and one of the Government’s ‘What Works Centres’. They are the go-to organisation for evidence and advice on early intervention for tackling the root causes of social problems for children and young people.

Early Intervention is a key topic discussed throughout the book, and especially in Chapter Three and the following website contain a number of publications to help setting and practitioners, available here: www.eif.org.uk/publication


The Joseph Rowntree Foundation is an independent organisation working to inspire social change through research, policy and practice. They aim to influence positive and lasting change by by:

  • searching out the underlying causes of poverty and disadvantage, and identifying solutions – through research and learning from experience
  • publishing and promoting evidence, and bringing people together to share ideas
  • demonstrating solutions – developing and running services, managing land and buildings, and supporting innovation.


The National Children’s Bureau work to enable children and young people to fulfil their right to grow up safe, secure and supported and achieve their potential. They help by working with children and families, policy-makers and practitioners to research, innovate and establish best practice across the children’s sector. Their website is a fantastic resource of information and projects helping to improve outcomes for young children.


National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) is the United Kingdom's leading independent educational research and assessment development organisation, and provide numerous excellent publications, research reports, summaries, policy papers, classroom materials and practical guides. 


The Fatherhood Institute has a vision is of a society in which there’s a great dad for every child – a society that:

  • gives all children a strong and positive relationship with their father and any father-figures
  • supports both mothers and fathers as earners and carers, and
  • prepares boys and girls for a future shared role in caring for children.

In working towards this vision they:

  • collate, participate in and publicise research
  • lobby for legal and policy changes
  • help public services, employers and others become more father-inclusive, and
  • work directly with families.


EECERA is an independent, self-governing, international association which promotes and disseminates multi-disciplinary research on early childhood and its applications to policy and practice.


The Educational Leadership Project (Ltd) is an independent professional learning provider established in 2000. They offer professional learning opportunities across New Zealand. These are designed to inspire all those working with and alongside very young children to strengthen their knowledge, understanding and skills to make a difference in children’s learning lives.


The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families is a children’s mental health charity with over 60 years’ experience of caring for young minds. Their vision is a world in which children and their families are effectively supported to build on their own strengths to achieve their goals in life.