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Care Matters: Budget Holding Lead Professionals (BHLPs) with Looked After Children in England

The evaluation of budget-holding with looked-after children built on a previous evaluation of budget-holding in children’s services. In 2006, 16 pilots were established in a variety of locations in England to allow lead professionals working with children and young people with additional needs to hold budgets and commission services tailored to each child’s needs. A multidisciplinary team of researchers at Newcastle University was commissioned by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) to undertake the national evaluation of these pilots between 2006 and 2008