About us


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.

C4EO works with and is commissioned by local areas and services (across the public, private, voluntary and community sectors) to gather examples of excellent local practice which have led to significantly improved outcomes for children, young people and their families. Examples are assessed by a panel of sector experts who consider them against robust criteria, including the ability for other local areas to implement and use this 'best' practice. C4EO then shares these examples with the sector.

Tailored Support

C4EO's sector-led Tailored 'Peer to Peer' Support service offers practical 'hands-on' support and challenge to build capacity and improve outcomes at the front-line of local service provision. The support is delivered by Sector Specialists, expert practitioners recruited from education and children's services, health, police, youth, the voluntary sector and other agencies working within a local area.

The C4EO model also embodies the ‘for the sector from the sector’ approach through sharing expert practitioner capacity, via ‘Peer to Peer sector specialists’, between local areas. All assignments are individually tailored to meet the distinct needs of different areas, services, organisations or teams. Sector Specialists are also trained to use Outcomes Based Accountability (OBA) and Theories of Change to support multi-disciplinary working, joint commissioning and performance management.

Sector Specialists

C4EO draws on specialists from different professional backgrounds depending on the need identified, and will provide a multi-agency team when required. Specialists have hands-on experience of the challenges adoption agencies and local children’s services face. C4EO sector specialists support improvement across all areas of Children’s Services using the best available evidence, research and practice of “what works”.

All assignments are carefully scoped and quality controlled. Each assignment is individually tailored and sector specialists matched according to client need. C4EO is a ‘not for profit’ organisation and operates on a cost recovery basis. This allows C4EO to keep costs at an affordable level, whilst providing the highest quality service.


C4EO operates as part of the leading children's charity National Children's Bureau (NCB) within its Programmes Directorate. Being based at NCB means working alongside its Research Centre, ensuring the application of evidence based approaches to all of its work.

Tailored Support

Effective Local Practice

Examples of 'what works', what is 'making a difference' and 'approaches towards service re-design and/or transformation' for local authorities and other organisations across the country.

See examples
Contact Us

t. 020 7833 6825
e. contactus@C4EO.org.uk

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