Children in Need social impact bond

Catch22 has developed a social impact bond (SIB) to transform outcomes for children in need through an intensive preventative intervention that addresses the underlying need of the child and their family

Catch22, working in partnership with Numbers for Good, has successfully developed a social impact bond (SIB) focused on children in need.

The objective of the SIB is to transform outcomes for children through an intensive preventative intervention that addresses the underlying need of the child and their family. This both improves the long term outcomes for the children and their family and reduces demand for children’s services.

The delivery model

The delivery model in the SIB is based on Catch22’s service FACT22 (Families Achieving Change Together) (previously Project Crewe) developed in partnership with Cheshire East Council and supported by the Department for Education’s Innovation programme.

Our teams are organised into ‘pods’, with a qualified social worker overseeing each child and supported by differently qualified family practitioners and volunteers. This model combines the expertise of social work professionals with the experience and flexibility of multi-disciplinary frontline staff, enabling the dramatic reduction of caseloads.

We support each family through a solutions-focused methodology to meet their different needs and goals, empowering families to take ownership of the identified solutions. Volunteer family role models and peer mentors work alongside staff, to help families sustain positive changes. This approach has the overall aim of preventing the escalation of needs, risks and costs associated with intervening too late.

The business case

The evidence so far shows that Catch22’s model can deliver sufficient long term savings to pay for the cost of delivering the intervention.

For a typical pod in the SIB, working with around 135 children in need per year, we estimate annual costs and savings of:

  • costs avoided: £589k
  • outcomes payments: £350k
  • net saving: £249k

The costs avoided are based on:

  • immediate savings from a reduced children in need caseload as the cases are allocated to Catch22
  • long term savings resulting from a reduction in repeat referrals of children in need cases
  • long term savings due to reduced escalations of children in need to child protection status or to being in care

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How the Children in Need SIB would work

Social Impact Bond Model

Get involved

For more information on the Children in Need SIB and how it can be tailored to your requirements, please contact Kate Wareham, Children and Young People Director, at

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