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

#AdoptionEnquiry – Professor Featherstone and Gupta (BASW)

Adoption is one of the most controversial areas of social policy. Recent policy reform and the use particularly of non- consensual adoption across the UK has prompted questions about the ethics of this increasingly politicised area of practice. Questions have been raised for example about the impact of austerity and poverty, and the high rates … Continue reading #AdoptionEnquiry – Professor Featherstone and Gupta (BASW)

We need a common-sense approach to keeping children in care out of custody

By Ben Ashcroft | Source: Community Care | August 8, 2017 in Children | Twitter: @AshcroftBen  Great piece - here Ben Ashcroft looks at the criminalisation of children in care, and what common-sense approaches could be used to help avoid it: Periodically, the issue of ‘the criminalisation of children in care’ arises. In Sir Martin Narey’s review of … Continue reading We need a common-sense approach to keeping children in care out of custody

Not in front of the children. — wearefamily

We were getting to the end of our assessment and panel was rapidly approaching, it had been long, intense and surprisingly emotional. We had a great social worker who we felt we got along with very well and who we found to be professional and very capable. Suddenly we hit a huge stumbling block and […] … Continue reading Not in front of the children. — wearefamily