NEWS: Government responds to Children’s Social Care Review

By Sharon Martin, NIROMP Chair on 2nd February 2023 The long-awaited Department for Education implementation strategy includes welcome focus on ‘Putting love, relationships and a stable home at the heart of being a child in care’ and rejection of the proposal to remove the Independent reviewing officer role. On advocacy, the DfE has said it … Continue reading NEWS: Government responds to Children’s Social Care Review

Welsh Government Basic Income Pilot for young people leaving care

Source Cascade 13th December 2022 The Welsh Government’s Basic Income Pilot gives young people leaving care the equivalent of the living wage, £1600 per month before tax, from their 18thbirthday for a two year period. The payments will be made to around 550 young people who have their 18th birthdays between July 1st 2022 and 30th June 2023. Limiting the … Continue reading Welsh Government Basic Income Pilot for young people leaving care

Safeguarding Pressures Phase 8

Source ADCS 14th December 2022 The Association of Directors of Children's Services (ADCS) has released the second part of its Safeguarding Pressures Phase 8, reporting an increase in safeguarding activity in all local authorities over the past two years, including a significant increase in section 47 enquiries although fewer are converting to initial child protection … Continue reading Safeguarding Pressures Phase 8

Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel: annual report 2021

Source Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel Published 15 December 2022 The @CSPR_Panel has published its 3rd annual report on serious child safeguarding incidents occurring between 1 January & 31 December 2021. It sets out patterns in practice for national government & local safeguarding partners to better protect vulnerable children. Read the full report at source: … Continue reading Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel: annual report 2021

Care Review Evidence Group reflect on the challenges of implementation

Source Department of Education Wednesday, December 7, 2022 Some of the Evidence Group for the Care Review have drafted a blog to try and help implementation colleagues in their thinking. The Review’s emphasis on family help is in the spirit of the 1989 Children Act and welcome to many who recognise that families in contact … Continue reading Care Review Evidence Group reflect on the challenges of implementation

Young people’s views on care review recommendations, published by Coram Voice and The National Youth Advocacy Service

Source Children & Young People Now Monday, December 5, 2022 The report finds that 31 per cent of children and young people did not know how to access an advocate. It also estimates that this figure is lower across the entire population of children in care, suggesting that children who are in contact with organisations … Continue reading Young people’s views on care review recommendations, published by Coram Voice and The National Youth Advocacy Service

Ofsted introduce new judgement for care leavers

Ofsted has introduced a new, separate judgement to the framework for inspecting local authority children’s services (ILACS) specifically about the experiences and progress of care leavers. This follows our recent consultation on changes to the framework, which saw over 90% of respondents support our plans for a specific focus on care leavers. https://twitter.com/ofstednews/status/1598628058650533891?s=61&t=rgt_CmMxtt4FhJQPTg8YzQ Read more at source: … Continue reading Ofsted introduce new judgement for care leavers

NIROMP Community of Practice: Making it Happen

Source NIROMP Reposted 3rd December 2023 Venue: Each session will be held via MTeams and a link provided by the session host nearer the time.  These are spaces for shared learning and development focused on IRO practitioners, IRO Managers and leaders. Benefits of attending:  Join colleagues in sharing best practices and creating new knowledge to … Continue reading NIROMP Community of Practice: Making it Happen

MPs to hold a debate on the Independent review of children’s social care

Source: UK Parliament Committees MPs to hold a debate on the Independent review of children’s social care On Thursday 24th November, MPs will hold a general debate on the Independent review of children’s social care. Backbench Business Committee  Rachael Maskell, Steve McCabe and Tim Loughton have put forward this debate Watch the debate live on Parliament TV  A full … Continue reading MPs to hold a debate on the Independent review of children’s social care

Supporting practice in tackling child sexual abuse film series

Source: Centre of Expertise on Child Sexual Abuse, November 2022 Introducing our new 12-part short film series for professionals, by professionals. New film series distils key information from resources quickly and accessibly for professionals in 12 short films. The resources are: Signs and Indicators: A template for identifying and responding to concerns of child sexual abuse … Continue reading Supporting practice in tackling child sexual abuse film series