The Child Outcomes Research Consortium (CORC) Best Practice Framework is a set of standards, tools and guidance for ensuring the highest quality use of outcome and feedback measurement in organisations supporting children and young people’s mental health. 

How do I implement the Best Practice Framework?

Organisations who implement the Best Practice Framework complete six main stages:

  1. Research into individuals’ practice and attitudes towards outcome and feedback measurement within the organisation via an anonymous online staff survey

  2. Assessment of service-level operations against best practice standards via a self-assessment tool

  3. Planning and development of specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time bound (SMART) actions that will drive improvement via an action plan

  4. Implementing agreed actions

  5. Reviewing practice against standards

  6. Applying for accreditation (optional) – for organisations achieving high enough standards of practice

How long does it take?

The length of time it takes to implement the Best Practice Framework varies for each organisation. Experience suggests that one cycle (consisting of survey, self-assessment, action planning and implementation) should take around 12 months. Reviews of practice against the framework should then be undertaken annually to monitor progress.

What about Accreditation?

Organisations whose activities meet best practice standards can apply for formal recognition by CORC. Formal recognition, or accreditation, enables organisations to differentiate themselves from other providers and increases trust among key stakeholders such as staff, service users and commissioners.

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Services can also be recognised for their achievements and progress toward integrating routine outcome monitoring in the delivery of mental health and wellbeing support for children and young people via CORC’s Badges of Recognition. These Badges relate to the four themes of the CORC Best Practice Framework, which sets out a set of standards, tools and guidance for ensuring the highest quality use of outcome and feedback measurement:


CORC’s Badges of Recognition can be awarded to services (who are members) who demonstrate effective work in any one of these four themes. 

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How do I find out more?

For more information on the Best Practice Framework, including how to get started, contact CORC on +44 (0)20 7794 2313 or at

CORC members can request a copy of the Framework and bespoke implementation support free of charge or at a reduced rate depending on their level of membership. Please get in touch with your Regional Officer. 

Recognising best practice: badges of recognition

Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust achieved badges of recognition recognising their success in embedding ROMs through:

  1. Staff development
  2. Leadership and management.
Read their Case Study


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