Care Review: Sector responds to long-awaited announcement amid concerns over appointment of chair

Children’s social care leaders have called on the newly appointed chair of the government’s independent Care Review to ensure care experienced people are “at the heart” of the project. Source: Care Review: Sector responds to long-awaited announcement amid concerns over appointment of chair

Start 2021 with an exciting new opportunity: Hammersmith & Fulham, Independent Reviewing Officer (IRO) service

An exciting opportunity has arisen as a full-time, permanent Independent Reviewing Officer (IRO) in our Safeguarding, Review and Quality Assurance Service. Hammersmith & Fulham, rated nationally by Ofsted as one of the top Local Authorities, we never stop moving forward. Our ambition is to focus even more on increasing the quality of our practice and … Continue reading Start 2021 with an exciting new opportunity: Hammersmith & Fulham, Independent Reviewing Officer (IRO) service

The Urgency in a Moment: A Call for Critical Self–Reflection And Action

By Dr Amanda ML Taylor-Beswick @amltaylor66

Social work has often been reluctant to recognise the part we play in the sustaining of societal injustice. We have preferred to address racism and other discrimination at a practice level. Whilst this is important, we also need to address the systemic and institutional pathways within our profession. The responsibility for working to address the harms of racism within social work continues visibly to be held by Black leaders. Yet as Tedam states,

‘If anti-racism is concerned with identifying, challenging and changing the values, structures, and behaviours that perpetuate systemic racism, then It is crucial that all social workers show commitment and are involved in this process’ (2020: 104).

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Dr Amanda ML Taylor-Beswick @amltaylor66

Social work has often been reluctant to recognise the part we play in the sustaining of societal injustice. We have preferred to address racism and other discrimination at a practice level. Whilst this is important, we also need to address the systemic and institutional pathways within our profession. The responsibility for working to address the harms of racism within social work continues visibly to be held by Black leaders. Yet as Tedam states,

‘If anti-racism is concerned with identifying, challenging and changing the values, structures, and behaviours that perpetuate systemic racism, then It is crucial that all social workers show commitment and are involved in this process’ (2020: 104).

In Shattered Bonds, published in 2002, Professor Dorothy Roberts wrote specifically about black children in ‘care’ in the US and the experiences of their families. Shattered Bonds demonstrates how racism and poverty function to create a ‘child welfare’ system that can…

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New research raises concerns about experiences of parents and families in newly ‘virtual’ child protection conferences | Nuffield Foundation

New research raises concerns about experiences of parents and families in newly ‘virtual’ child protection conferences - 14th Dec 2020 COVID-19 has forced an abrupt change in practice for child protection conferences, with a new survey suggesting that the majority of formerly face-to-face meetings are now being held remotely by video or phone – and … Continue reading New research raises concerns about experiences of parents and families in newly ‘virtual’ child protection conferences | Nuffield Foundation

If children led the care review, what would they change? | Children’s Commissioner for England

A year ago, in its Conservative election manifesto, the government made a commitment to review the social care system for children. For children having to grow up within this system, and for the adults around them, this news has brought a glimmer of hope. It was finally some acknowledgement of what children have been shouting … Continue reading If children led the care review, what would they change? | Children’s Commissioner for England

‘I find myself at the ‘care-cliff’: is the system failing care leavers by abruptly ending support at 25?

By Thuy Ly-Chambers “I’m a care leaver.” “What’s that?” or “Wow” – are some responses I get when I tell people I grew up in care. In my experience, people have little awareness of what a care leaver is, nor do they recognise the challenges care leavers face unless they have knowledge of the care system. Growing up, I … Continue reading ‘I find myself at the ‘care-cliff’: is the system failing care leavers by abruptly ending support at 25?

Free event: Who comes into care? Exploring the relationship between ethnicity and deprivation

Speaker: Dr Calum Webb, University of Sheffield Dr Calum Webb is a research associate at the University of Sheffield. He specialises in research that applies advanced quantitative methods to understand the relationship between poverty, inequality, and child welfare interventions. This webinar will explore the findings from a new research paper that analysed the intersection of ethnicity … Continue reading Free event: Who comes into care? Exploring the relationship between ethnicity and deprivation

Event – what does research tell us about contact between children in care or adopted and their families?

Source: Nuffield Family Justice Observatory Decisions about contact are crucially important for children and families. But what can research tell us about the implications of different contact arrangements? A new evidence review published earlier this year by Nuffield Family Justice Observatory examined findings from 49 international studies to bring together what is known about the implications … Continue reading Event – what does research tell us about contact between children in care or adopted and their families?