Future of early help ‘under serious threat’ | Children & Young People Now #SGP6

Services supporting families at an early stage in order to prevent child safeguarding issues are "under serious threat", due to pressure on budgets as a result of rapidly rising numbers of children at risk of serious harm, and short-term funding arrangements, children's services leaders have warned. The Association of Directors of Children's Services annual Safeguarding … Continue reading Future of early help ‘under serious threat’ | Children & Young People Now #SGP6

‘Outstanding’ council issues blunt warning over impact of proposed cuts | Children & Young People Now

A council rated as "outstanding" by Ofsted is planning to make cuts totaling £3.7m to its children's services but has warned the move is likely to mean more children are taken into care. East Sussex County Council has delivered the warning as the council considers council-wide funding reductions, including cuts to programmes aimed at avoiding … Continue reading ‘Outstanding’ council issues blunt warning over impact of proposed cuts | Children & Young People Now

Care Proceedings in England: The case for clear blue water | Isabelle Trowler

This policy briefing highlights the findings from an exploratory study of care proceedings in 4 local authorities across England. The study found that the vast majority of decisions taken to initiate care proceedings were certainly reasonable but the question is whether or not they were always necessary. The study found that the difficulties facing families … Continue reading Care Proceedings in England: The case for clear blue water | Isabelle Trowler

Children’s Commissioner demands clarity on councils’ duties

By: Dominic Brady 10 Sep 18 In Public Finance Thousands of children could miss out on care unless the government clarifies what councils must legally provide as they cut services, the Children’s Commissioner has told Public Finance. With some councils stripping services to a bare minimum, Anne Longfield has warned they might not fully understand their statutory … Continue reading Children’s Commissioner demands clarity on councils’ duties

Westminster Hall Debate on findings of the Care Crisis Review House of Commons – 5 September 2018

The increase in care applications highlighted by the Care Crisis review is alarming. However, it must be set within the wider context of rising demand and pressure across the children’s social care system, which illustrates the growing number of children and families who now rely on state support. Read at source: Westminster Hall Debate on findings … Continue reading Westminster Hall Debate on findings of the Care Crisis Review House of Commons – 5 September 2018

Social media response to joint letter to Minister over so-called ‘Myth busting’ guide

Joint letter to the Minister and the list of signatories Firstly NIROMP wishes to give recognition and thanks to Article 39 and their legal advisors for analysing and responding to this government document, which was published without consultation. Carolyne Willow, Director of Article 39 co-ordinated the joint letter with 50 signatories including NIROMP. She said: “It … Continue reading Social media response to joint letter to Minister over so-called ‘Myth busting’ guide

Concern expressed over “misleading” myth-busting guide

NIROMP has joined forces with 49 other organisations and social work experts to urge the withdrawal of key sections of new ‘myth busting’ guide about England's care system. The so-called 'myth busting' guidance is on the Children’s Social Care Innovation site.The joint letter was sent to the Minister for Children and Families today, and copied to … Continue reading Concern expressed over “misleading” myth-busting guide

New: Revised Statutory Guidance – Working Together 2018

IROs, all practitioners, should read this statutory guidance in full.  Comment by Sharon Martin, NIROMP Chair "I am pleased to see that there has been some strengthening of the child's voice in the guidance, but I am disappointed that the government has not taken the opportunity to strengthen children's rights in the new guidance". What children … Continue reading New: Revised Statutory Guidance – Working Together 2018

Ofsted finds Brent is Good for children!

Ofsted Inspection of Brent children's social care services has praised the significant improvements in the quality of social work practice for children. The experiences and progress of children in care and care leavers in Brent is "outstanding". Senior leaders in Brent recognise and prioritise the needs of children and young people. They "focus their attention on the … Continue reading Ofsted finds Brent is Good for children!

Essential reading: Care Crisis Review

Originally posted on 13.6.18, we are re-posting links to this important review. It needs to be treated as essential reading.  Family Rights Group have facilited a seven month sector-led Review into the care crisis. The Review is supported by stakeholders within the child welfare and family justice system. The Review's aims to examine the reasons … Continue reading Essential reading: Care Crisis Review