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Inside Out

Inside Out is a personalised intervention for children who have had multiple unsuccessful placements, combining a range of placement options with intensive, relationship-based support from a coach.

Project Description

Each young person has a coach who provides 25 hours per week of intensive, personalised support. This support aims to create positive change for the young person and local authority, including: moving to a less costly placement, support to live well at home and increased stability. Inside Out also runs peer activities that provide whole family support.

Inside Out coaches are recruited, trained and supported by a team at The Children’s Society. They also work closely with a coordinating social worker and placement providers.

Inside Out launched in Essex in 2018, with Norfolk and Hertfordshire mobilising in 2019. As of January 2020, 33 young people had engaged with the intervention.The goal is for 59 young people to have been through the programme by 2021.


DfE funded independent evaluation will be published in 2020.

Lead Organisation

Essex County Council

This is a Partner in Practice


Children’s Society, Potton Homes, FEVACA, Children in Care Council, Essex, Hertfordshire County Council and Norfolk County Council




East of England


Jenny Boyd

Director of Local Delivery, Childrens Services


Funding Information

Funding theme: Residential care

Total amount awarded


Round 3 Aug 2017