‘THE FOSTER CARERS SUPERPOWERS’ written by Judith A.M. Denton #CareExperienced #FosterCare #Voices of Children

FREE HANDBOOK FROM JUDITH DENTON In this Handbook Judith shares her personal experience of foster care and the positive impact her foster carers have had on her life. A wonderful free handbook from Judith A.M. Denton. Please read and share widely. 'THE FOSTER CARERS SUPERPOWERS' written by Judith A.M. Denton download JUDITH'S FREE HANDBOOK here … Continue reading ‘THE FOSTER CARERS SUPERPOWERS’ written by Judith A.M. Denton #CareExperienced #FosterCare #Voices of Children

Call to Action: ‘Planning and Supporting Permanence in Long-Term Foster Care’ – a survey for managers of Independent Reviewing Officers

Dear Colleagues, Some of you may not yet know about the important Nuffield research currently being undertaken by Professor Gill Schofield and her team at the University of East Anglia investigating how long term foster care is planned and supported following the DfE 2015 Regulations and Guidance for long-term foster care. An important part of … Continue reading Call to Action: ‘Planning and Supporting Permanence in Long-Term Foster Care’ – a survey for managers of Independent Reviewing Officers

NIROMP in partnership with the PSW Network – launch of a national research and practice improvement project

A NATIONAL RESEARCH AND PRACTICE IMPROVEMENT PROJECT ON DIGITAL PROFESSIONALISM AND ONLINE SAFEGUARDING The national Principal Children and Families Social Worker (PCFSW) network is working in partnership with the National IRO Managers Partnership (NIROMP), CAFCASS, Making Research Count, Research and Management Consultancy Centre and a number of local authorities to undertake a national research and … Continue reading NIROMP in partnership with the PSW Network – launch of a national research and practice improvement project

What makes an effective case record?

Author: Yvette Stanley, Ofsted. Originally posted on: 24 July 2019  In October last year, Yvette Stanley blogged about how good-quality supervision is central to effective social work. In July this year, Yvette wrote a helpful piece about another pillar of good social work practice: case recording. DOWNLOAD: WHAT MAKES AN EFFECTIVE CASE RECORD?

Voices of children – children’s experiences of instability #CareExperienced

‘Children’s Voices: Children’s experiences of instability in the care system’ is published alongside the Children’s Commissioner’s third annual Stability Index, which measures stability in the care system by looking at how often children in care move home, school or social worker over a year. In addition to this data analysis, the Children’s Commissioner’s Office also … Continue reading Voices of children – children’s experiences of instability #CareExperienced

STEPLADDER OF ACHIEVEMENT – Helping young people develop financial know-how

Stepladder of Achievement The Stepladder of Achievement is an online learning tool for 15-25 year olds to develop financial know-how and for making plans for your future. It has six Steps for to work through. And it’s free to use!A certificate of completion is provided on completion of all 6 steps. Additional benefits include connection … Continue reading STEPLADDER OF ACHIEVEMENT – Helping young people develop financial know-how

Guest post by Chris Morrison, Independent Reviewing Officer #IRO #Event

By Chris Morrison, Independent Reviewing Officer. Chris is an IRO at the London Borough of Newham. On Tuesday 27th August 2019 I held an event for Children who have been in the care system to share their experiences. The event was open for all to attend to listen to what is set to be a … Continue reading Guest post by Chris Morrison, Independent Reviewing Officer #IRO #Event

Updated: Care leaver internship scheme – apply online by 26th September

This is a fantastic opportunity open to care leavers aged 18 to 30 - to apply for a 12 month paid internship in the Civil Service across multiple different departments.Applications open 29th August 2019 and close 26th September 2019Sign up below to hear more about the Civil Service Care Leavers internship Scheme: CLICK HERE for more information … Continue reading Updated: Care leaver internship scheme – apply online by 26th September

Council at risk of losing children’s services after Ofsted finds social workers not supported to practise safely

Medway council is at risk of losing its children’s services after Ofsted downgraded it to ‘inadequate’ following an inspection that found “dedicated” social workers were not being supported to practise safely. In the wake of the inspection, the Department for Education appointed a commissioner, Eleanor Brazil, to oversee improvements at the council, and report back … Continue reading Council at risk of losing children’s services after Ofsted finds social workers not supported to practise safely

In social work assessments, professional opinion can often be recorded as fact

Amanda Boorman is an adoptive parent and the founder of The Open Nest. In a piece for Community Care, Amanda shares her experiences of social work assessments, and how unhealthy narratives can be recorded ... "This was a very serious misrepresentation of somebody in a file. It could also be viewed as racist, and definitely judgmental. … Continue reading In social work assessments, professional opinion can often be recorded as fact