Local authorities told to focus on adoption for children in care

Cathy Ashley, the chief executive of Family Rights Group: “Adoption is the right solution for some children. However, far more children who cannot live with their parents flourish in the care of wider family, yet the latter receives negligible recognition, support or finance.” NIROMP view is that there should be no hierarchy - adoption should … Continue reading Local authorities told to focus on adoption for children in care

Court of Appeal upholds the right to roam of Romany and Travellers

The Court of Appeal, in The Mayor and Burgessesof the London Borough of Bromley v Persons Unknown [2020] EWCA Civ 12, has delivered a unanimous judgment reaffirming the rights of the Romany (‘Gypsy’) and Traveller community to live in accordance with their traditional, nomadic way of life. Read full piece at source: Court of Appeal upholds the … Continue reading Court of Appeal upholds the right to roam of Romany and Travellers

EU Settlement Scheme

Last summer Coram Children’s Legal Centre gave a very helpful presentation on the EU Settlement Scheme to members of NIROMP's London IROs Group. The presentation covered what Social Workers and IROs needed to do with children and young people in local authority care to apply for settled status post-Brexit. Government funding for Coram and other … Continue reading EU Settlement Scheme

Ofsted’s Annual Report: highlighting some of the big issues for social care

Yvette Stanley, Ofsted’s National Director for Social Care, discusses the latest Ofsted Annual Report It’s really pleasing to mark another Annual Report – my second since joining Ofsted – with some positive news. Our latest annual overview reports an increasingly effective response to the most vulnerable children. Almost half of local authorities inspected last year … Continue reading Ofsted’s Annual Report: highlighting some of the big issues for social care

Adoption | Prof Brid Featherstone

Prof Brid Featherstone and Prof Anna Gupta believe adoption is too stark in its severance of the legal relationship between those adopted and their birth family, and out of line with the emotional realities for most involved. Commentary: Community Care piece: Children’s minister’s call for directors to prioritise adoption lambasted by sector heads Important piece reported by the … Continue reading Adoption | Prof Brid Featherstone

10 Year Challenge | @johnPDurham ADCS

What does the 10 year challenge for children's services look like? There is a challenge for us all as the new government takes shape to make the case for the prioritisation of children’s services both in terms of resourcing and new policy direction. Can the silos that exist in Whitehall be broken down with ministers … Continue reading 10 Year Challenge | @johnPDurham ADCS

Joint Call for a Full, Independent Review of Children’s Social Care in England

Deadline: Tuesday 21st January 2020 Hundreds of individuals with personal and/or professional experience of children's social care have already signed an open letter to the Secretary of State for Education calling for a full, independent review of children's social care in England. Please consider joining them. To read the letter, see those who have already signed … Continue reading Joint Call for a Full, Independent Review of Children’s Social Care in England

Scotland's Care Review & NIROMP chair's keynote

Scotland's First National Reviewing Officers Conference The conference was opened by the Chair of the Social Work Scotland Reviewing Officers Network, Derek Yeoman, and he welcomed Convenor of Social Work Scotland Kathryn Lindsay to give opening remarks. Sharon Martin, chair of the National Independent Reviewing Officers Managers Partnership (NIROMP) gave a keynote speech describing practice in England, … Continue reading Scotland's Care Review & NIROMP chair's keynote

New project launch: Towards inclusive guidelines when the State intervenes at birth | CFI

The first set of national guidelines to help professionals dealing with rising numbers of babies removed from their parents at birth for safety reasons is to be developed. The project will be led by Prof Karen Broadhurst and Claire Mason in partnership with the Rees Centre at Oxford University. Parallel work will also take place in Australia … Continue reading New project launch: Towards inclusive guidelines when the State intervenes at birth | CFI

Doing Things Differently for Care Leavers #CareExpConf

Video: Ian Dickson @IDickson258 & Dr Cat Hugman's @notjustanumber Speech @ #GMCareLeavers Conference #CareExpConf #teamies Ian Dickson @IDickson258 & Dr Cat Hugman speak at the Doing Things Differently for Care Leavers event held on Friday 1st November and here is their fantastic speech in video format! https://youtu.be/7LXwKYjjfDU You can download the full text via the … Continue reading Doing Things Differently for Care Leavers #CareExpConf