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General overview

Stage of development: Implementation

Policy sector: Child and family welfare

Date outcomes contract signed: Feb 2019

Start date of service provision: Apr 2019

Anticipated completion date: Mar 2024

Capital raised (minimum): GBP 594.08k (USD 758.18k)

Max potential outcome payment: GBP 1.62m

Service users: 48 individuals


Pause is an intensive, relationship-based support programme, delivered over 18 months. The trauma informed support offered is practical (e.g. support accessing and engaging with benefit entitlement, debt advice, stable housing, primary care services – GP, dental, sexual health, etc), behavioural (e.g. development of behavioural regulation techniques, healthy relationships) and therapeutic (e.g. recovery from loss and trauma)

Target population

The target population is women of child bearing age who have experienced (or are at high risk of experiencing) a cycle of recurrent care proceedings leading to removal of their children into local authority care.



  • United Kingdom

Service delivery locations

  • Plymouth City Council

Outcome metrics

  • 41 women will engage with 34 women achieving Outcomes 1 (metrics 1 or 2)
  • 41 engaging with 40 achieving Outcome 2 (metrics 1 or 2)

SyROCCo reports

The following articles are taken from the Systematic Review of Outcomes Contracts Collaboration (SyROCCo) Machine Learning tool.

The tool is a collaboration between the Government Outcomes Lab and machine learning experts from the University of Warwick, that allows you to navigate and explore data extracted from nearly 2000 academic and grey literature publications related to outcomes-based contracting.

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