Care Leaver Covenant – raising aspirations #readywhenyouare

The Covenant, run by Spectra First, is part of the government’s ambition to improve care leavers’ outcomes so they go on to lead happy and successful lives. The pledges on offer include work placements with organisations such as Liverpool FC Foundation, the Science Museum Group and Rolls-Royce to help them get their first step into … Continue reading Care Leaver Covenant – raising aspirations #readywhenyouare

Supreme Court outlines nine key principles of section 20 practice | Community Care

By Luke Stevenson | Community Care | First published July 20, 2018 A recent court case outlined how social workers should approach section 20 arrangements. A recent Supreme Court ruling on the lawfulness of a section 20 arrangement included general commentary on the practice and a set of principles on how it should be correctly applied. Cathy Ashley, chief … Continue reading Supreme Court outlines nine key principles of section 20 practice | Community Care

#carecrisisreview

"[...] we care about families. We care about people being able to help themselves. We believe in helping people to help themselves, but we are not doing that. We are simply saying, "The state will take care of this, because you have failed as a parent." What message does that send about our vision of … Continue reading #carecrisisreview

Stability Index 2018 | Report by the Children’s Commissioner for England

The experience of children in the care system informs much of the work carried out by Anne Longfield, OBE Children's Commissioner for England. Many of the calls to the Commissioner's Help at Hand advice line involves children worried about unwanted changes of carer, social worker or the impact of school moves. The Children in Care Stability Index has … Continue reading Stability Index 2018 | Report by the Children’s Commissioner for England

Scholarships for care leavers or young people estranged from their family

https://twitter.com/TheCareKid/status/1004591155529633792 No rent, no bills, 365 days a year for 3 years.   The Unite Foundation provides scholarship opportunities for young people aged 25 years or under who are care leavers or are estranged from their family. Taking care of a place for the young person to live whilst they’re at university and leaving them free to … Continue reading Scholarships for care leavers or young people estranged from their family

Local Authority unlawfully caring for child for four years (section 20 abuse) | By @suesspiciousmin 

Thank you @suesspiciousmin for this important read for IROs and all. This matter concerns child CD - section 20 accommodated on 14th October 2009. On 28 March 2010, the mother wrote to the local authority formally to withdraw her consent to CD remaining accommodated.  The local authority did not act on this withdrawal of consent and, instead, advised the mother … Continue reading Local Authority unlawfully caring for child for four years (section 20 abuse) | By @suesspiciousmin 

NIROMP Briefing & Comment – Foster Care in England 2018

Published date: 24 February 2018 |Please read NIROMP's full response to the review of Fostering in England: NIROMP briefing & comment on - Fostering in England - February 2018 Introduction This briefing considers ‘Foster Care in England’, a report of the independent review of foster care by Sir Martin Narey and Mark Owers’. The report … Continue reading NIROMP Briefing & Comment – Foster Care in England 2018

Report raises serious questions about the impact of government policies & financial austerity

In 2016 BASW commenced this Enquiry into adoption in all four jurisdictions of the UK, enabling important comparisons between the different care and judicial systems. It delves into sensitive and complex areas of practice and takes an approach that seeks to encourage further discussions and debate about improvements. The Enquiry aimed to create safe spaces … Continue reading Report raises serious questions about the impact of government policies & financial austerity

New study reveals 83% of looked after children & young people feel being in care has improved their lives but …

The largest study of its kind, has revealed 83 per cent of looked after children and young people feel being in care has improved their lives. The 'Our Lives Our Care' report, published by the charity Coram Voice and the University of Bristol, measured the views of 2,263 people across 16 local authority areas. [...] … Continue reading New study reveals 83% of looked after children & young people feel being in care has improved their lives but …

Celebrating the rights of children in care #CareDay18

Guest post by Amy Woodworth - Policy and Campaigns Officer at Become Celebrating the rights of children in care This Care Day, Friday 16 February, is an opportunity to reflect on the rights of each child, and how we all work to defend and enhance them. We know that unfortunately, children in care do not always have … Continue reading Celebrating the rights of children in care #CareDay18