RESuLT (which represents Residential and Social Learning Theory) is a team-based training programme for children’s homes which has been developed by the National Implementation Service (NIS) based at the South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, in consultation with the children’s residential care sector. The training programme spans 12 weeks and has been developed as a ‘whole home’ course attended by all staff in a children’s home.
The content of the RESuLT training programme is informed by the existing evidence base of ‘what works’ for children looked after or on the edge of care. This includes teaching on social learning theory, relational skill building, and neuroscience, and the programme brings together the key learning and explores how this can be translated into practical techniques by those who are looking after young people placed in children’s homes. RESuLT aims to promote whole-team interventions to support young people in their adolescent development and to assist in promoting positive behaviour. Another broader aim of RESuLT is to contribute to the body of evidence about effective practice in children’s homes and on the training needs of children’s home staff.
The RESuLT project was part of a £4.1m Scaling Evidence-based Interventions grant to the National Implementation Service to increase the use of five evidence-based interventions in children’s services: KEEP, RESuLT, STEPS-B, MST-FIT and AdOpt.
Funding was obtained by NIS to implement the RESuLT training in six new sites. This was following an initial road testing phase with five residential homes between 2012 and 2013 and a subsequent pilot trial with six local authorities during 2014 and early 2015. Of the six new sites that were involved in this project, five were local authorities and the sixth was a home run by an independent provider.
The DfE-funded independent evaluation published in 2016 found that RESuLT is suitable for the modern residential sector, and should be expanded and evaluated further.