‘What makes life good? Care leavers views on their wellbeing’

Full report on the views of care leavers published this week by Coram Voice and The Rees Centre. ‘What makes life good? Care leavers views on their wellbeing’ highlights differences in the experience of care leavers across England, based on analysis of care leaver responses collected 2017 -2019. It recommends 10 top issues to promote … Continue reading ‘What makes life good? Care leavers views on their wellbeing’

The children’s commissioner for England, Anne Longfield sets out the choices facing politicians and calls on them to act.

Today the Children’s Commissioner for England held a live virtual event, presenting her vision for a better care system for children ahead of the upcoming care review. She reflected on what she has learnt from children and young people in the 6 years she has been Commissioner, and how they have felt about the care … Continue reading The children’s commissioner for England, Anne Longfield sets out the choices facing politicians and calls on them to act.

COURT OF APPEAL RULES EDUCATION SECRETARY ACTED UNLAWFULLY IN REMOVING SAFEGUARDS FOR CHILDREN IN CARE

In a judgment given today (24 November), the Court of Appeal has unanimously declared that the Secretary of State for Education, Gavin Williamson, acted unlawfully in failing to consult the Children’s Commissioner for England and other children’s rights organisations before making “substantial and wide-ranging” [79] changes to legal protections for England’s 78,000 children in care. Read full piece at source: … Continue reading COURT OF APPEAL RULES EDUCATION SECRETARY ACTED UNLAWFULLY IN REMOVING SAFEGUARDS FOR CHILDREN IN CARE

Pandemic pressures amplifying ‘upheaval and distress’ for children in care, Ofsted finds

Pressures on the care system amplified by the impact of coronavirus restrictions have been worsening “upheaval and distress” for some children, Ofsted has found. A briefing note on the state of children’s social care, – one of a collection issued by the inspectorate whose activities were largely suspended during lockdown – identified plenty of positive … Continue reading Pandemic pressures amplifying ‘upheaval and distress’ for children in care, Ofsted finds

Second council no longer taking asylum-seeking children as IRO caseloads soar

A second council has stopped taking in unaccompanied asylum-seeking children after a rise in arrivals saw independent reviewing officers’ (IROs) caseloads top 70. Portsmouth council has joined Kent in saying that it is at capacity, meaning children arriving at its port are having to be moved to other local authorities under the national transfer scheme … Continue reading Second council no longer taking asylum-seeking children as IRO caseloads soar

A damning parliamentary report on racism calls on the government to urgently take action

A damning parliamentary report on racism calls on the government to "urgently take action to protect the human rights of Black people, including within healthcare, criminal justice, nationality and immigration and democracy." Whilst the issues of racial inequality have been the subject of repeated reviews, the lack of progress in implementing the findings of those … Continue reading A damning parliamentary report on racism calls on the government to urgently take action

‘Where are the Black girls in our CSA services, studies and statistics?’

Researcher Jahnine Davis explores why Black girls and women's experience of child sexual abuse is often missed and provides suggestions for social workers and leaders to improve practice "Participants felt “meaning well” & having good intentions meant services & individuals did not feel the need to examine how young Black women were actually receiving their … Continue reading ‘Where are the Black girls in our CSA services, studies and statistics?’

Hearing the Voice of the Child “What about me?”

A report by the Family Solutions Group, entitled What about me?: Reframing Support for Families following Parental Separation, has been published. The report points to the "ingrained culture of traditional welfare protectionism" which it says has "inhibited understanding of the central role children’s views can play in improving outcomes for them". It shows that vast numbers … Continue reading Hearing the Voice of the Child “What about me?”

Thousands of children in care being ‘failed by the state’ because of a broken residential care home market | @ChildrensComm

Anne Longfield, Children’s Commissioner for England, has published a set of reports showing how the children’s residential social care system is broken and is failing many of the most vulnerable children, in particular those who are most at risk of falling through gaps in the system and becoming victims of criminal or sexual exploitation. Today’s reports … Continue reading Thousands of children in care being ‘failed by the state’ because of a broken residential care home market | @ChildrensComm