We are constantly researching and evaluating our services

As Sparkle is a unique centre in the UK, and possibly worldwide, it is very important that we research and evaluate what we do here, and how effective it is. We are aware that there are many different challenges facing children with disabilities and/or developmental difficulties and their families. We intend to gain deeper understandings of any issues and explore what are the most effective ways to help children, young people and their families. We are also keen to ensure that the staff supporting families fully understand the issues they face, and are equipped to help families. Finally, many of the organisations who provide grants to us for our work, wish to receive detailed evaluations of that work, and it’s impact. All of the information we collect is anonymised, and no person involved is identifiable in any reports produced.

We are enormously grateful to all of our families and staff for helping us with our vital research and evaluation.

 

Care Co-ordination

The “Care Coordination Report” proposes a new model for supporting families with high levels of need, who see multiple professionals for their child or young person. A ‘Care Co-ordination Service’ is being implemented across Gwent following the recommendations contained within this report.

 

Families

The “Helping Families to Take the Next Step” report evidences the need for providing parents, children and siblings with leisure, social and psychological support.

 

Psychology

An article by a former Sparkle clinical psychologist, Emma Johnston, describing the development of a psychology service delivery model for families, within a disability context.

 

Centre review

The “Three Centre Review” evaluates the three children’s centres in Gwent and gives recommendations for future equitable services across Gwent, based on its findings
 

 

Co-location

An academic report, written by a former MSc Physiotherapy student, exploring the concept of co-location within services for children with complex disabilities.