The Child Outcomes Research Consortium (CORC) is the UK’s leading membership organisation that collects and uses evidence to improve children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing.

Founded in 2002 by a group of mental health professionals determined to understand the impact of their work, today our members include mental health service providers, schools, professional bodies and research institutions from across Europe and beyond.

We hold data relating to mental health and wellbeing outcomes of more than 400,000 children and young people in the UK, representing the largest data set of this kind worldwide.

CORC’s vision is for all children and young people’s wellbeing support to be informed by real-world evidence so that every child thrives. Our mission is to promote the meaningful use of evidence to enable more effective child-centred support, services and systems to improve children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing.

The CORC approach supports practice in the following areas:

  • Effective interventions with individual clients and families
  • Practitioner development staff review and evaluation
  • Service quality improvement and review
  • Cross-sector service design and review to ensure optimal resource use and planning
  • Research to develop evidence based guidance

See our June 2016 CORC newsletter for the latest information about CORC’s projects, opportunities and news of interest to CORC members

In particular, look out for our article Setting goals that work, with a success story from Suzanne Barton from Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust. It follows the service as they use goals to shape support for a young patient. Full case study is available in the Members Area.