The Pause Programme is a model that works with women who have experienced, or are at risk of, repeated pregnancies that result in children needing to be removed from their care. The model aims to give women an opportunity to pause and take control of their lives, build their self-esteem and wellbeing, and create a more positive future by breaking free from destructive cycles. SERIO has been awarded a three-year contract (2019 – 2022) by Plymouth City Council to deliver an evaluation of the Pause project in Plymouth. Pause Plymouth will work with women experiencing, or at risk of, recurrent care proceedings by offering long-term, intensive and bespoke support, which is relationship-based and trauma-informed. Ultimately, the project should contribute to a reduction in the number of children brought into care.
The evaluation will gather qualitative evidence to ensure a deeper understanding of the experiences of the women participating in the Pause Programme, the staff delivering it, and the broader system engagement and impact. The evaluation will also provide insights into the impacts of funding the programme through a Social Outcomes Partnership (Plymouth is the first Pause Practice to be funded via this approach), to help the Programme maximise the impact for future cohorts of women.
The SERIO team has the flexibility and experience required to work with participants with complex needs, and is delighted to work closely with Plymouth City Council on the Programme’s evaluation.