Job title: Senior Researcher (organisational lead on evaluation)

Qualifications: BA (Hons) Interdisciplinary Human Studies

Research interests:

  • Evaluation of direct work with children and young people
  • Young people's involvement in evaluation
  • Young person-centred practice
  • Children's and young people’s well-being
  • Experiences of children and young people in the 'Looked after' system
  • Youth justice
  • Young runaways

Prior experience and professional background:

Phil first worked on secondment from the University of York to The Children's Society as part of the team who produce the 'Still Running' research report in 1999. He subsequently took up a post with us and has undertaken research on young runaways, advocacy for 'looked after' children and the experiences of children in trouble with the law. He has contributed to the development of evaluation methodologies for both internally and externally-commissioned studies of direct practice with children and young people.

Before joining The Children's Society, Phil was a researcher for a local authority social services department and prior to this had been employed in academic research. He has worked as a social worker in field and residential teams. Phil is also a qualified newspaper journalist and worked on a daily local paper.

Current research / evaluation:

  • National evaluation of peer mentoring in schools – under the Mentoring and Befriending Foundation’s Anti-Bullying Initiative
  • Evaluation of the National Mentoring Initiative (The Children's Society)
  • Evaluation of the Aspire Project (The Children's Society)
  • Evaluation of Children’s Centres family support work (The Children's Society)
  • Evaluation of the Leading Edge Initiative (The Children's Society)
  • Coordination of evaluation support to Children's Society programmes
  • Development of an outcomes framework for our project work

Internal reports, most recently:

Roach G & Raws P (2009) Evaluation of the Unity 'Futures' and 'ESCAPE' (parenting) programmes

Roach G & Raws P (2009) Evaluation of the Right Track 'School Works' project

Hagley-Dicksinson L & Raws P (2008) A Review of the Work of the Feltham Community Chaplaincy Trust Including the Volunteer Mentoring Scheme for Young Men Leaving Custody (Partnership with the University of Northampton)

Raws P (2008) Dudley Circles: Early evaluation and review of a new restorative justice project and its work with looked after children in residential care


Raws P Solihull YISP: an evaluation, London: The Children's Society 2006

Rees G, Franks M, Raws P & Medforth R Responding to Young Runaways: An Evaluation of 19 Projects, 2003 to 2004. Research Report No. 634, London: DfES 2005

Raws P Building a Future: an evaluation of the process and outcomes of services to young people in planned residential care within Durham Social Services children's homes, York: Social Work Research and Development Unit, University of York 2004

Raws P Lost Youth: Young Runaways in Northern Ireland, London: The Children's Society 2001

Contact details:

Phil Raws, Senior Researcher
The Children's Society
Research Unit
Edward Rudolf House
Margery Street
London WC1X 0JL

Tel: 020 7841 4506
Fax: 020 7841 4500