The research team publish to disseminate their work to academic colleagues, and to inform policy and practice.
Many of our publications can be downloaded free of charge. Click here to see a complete list of them.
- Holmes, L. (2014) Supporting children and families returning home from care: Counting the costs, London: NSPCC.
- Holmes, L., McDermid, S., and Trivedi, H. (2014) Exploring the costs of Head, Heart, Hands and informing debates about sustainability of the programme and the potential costs avoided as a result of Head, Heart, Hands. Loughborough: Centre for Child and Family Research
- Holmes, L., McDermid, S. and Trivedi, H. (2014) Cost Calculator for Children’s Services. Research and development overview and summary, Loughborough: CCFR
- Holmes, L. and McDermid, S. (2012) Understanding costs and outcomes in child welfare services, London: Jessica Kinsgley Publishers. Click here to purchase this book.
- Holmes, L., McDermid, S., Padley, M. and Soper, J. (2012) Exploration of the Costs and Outcomes of the Common Assessment Framework. London: Department for Education.
- Holmes, L., Ward, H. and McDermid, S. (2012) Calculating and comparing the costs of multidimensional treatment foster care in English local authorities, Children and Youth Services Review (2012), 34 (11), pp 2141-2146.
- McDermid, S. (2010) The cost of short break provision: Resource pack for service providers, Loughborough: Centre for Child and Family Research
- McDermid, S., Holmes, L., and Trivedi, H. (2015) Informing debates about the sustainability of the Head, Heart, Hands programme. Loughborough: Centre for Child and Family Research.
- McDermid, S., Holmes, L., Kirton, D., and Signoretta, P. (2012) The demographic characteristics of foster carers in the UK: Motivations, barriers and messages for recruitment and retention. London: Department for Education.
- Mooney, A., Statham, J., Knight, A. and Holmes, L. (2012) Understanding the market for secure children’s homes, London: Department for Education.
NSPCC commissioned Loughborough University to write a (Supporting children and families returning home from care: Counting the costs, ) comparing the costs of supporting children and families on return home versus the costs of children re-entering care. This report found that the average annual cost for each child that returns back into care from home is £61,614, compared with an average annual cost of supporting a child to return home of just over £5,627.
Local authorities can use and adapt the calculations made by the author to work out their own costs and potential savings to be made if a reduction in the number of children re-entering care can be achieved.
- NSPCC Local authority resource to calculate costs and costs avoided of returning children home from care - guidance notes Annex calculating the costs.
- NSPCC Local authority resource to calculate costs – editable spreadsheet Data tables for analysing the costs of reunification.