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

New: #carecrisisreview report

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 for the rise in care proceedings and number of children in care to at all times retain a focus on … Continue reading New: #carecrisisreview report

Guest post | My thoughts on the role of the IRO | By Ian Dickson

The views expressed in this post are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the position of the National IRO Managers Partnership.  Guest post by Ian Dickson on June 3, 2018 I am a care experienced person. I am also a social worker, and one who spent years managing and then inspecting residential services. One … Continue reading Guest post | My thoughts on the role of the IRO | By Ian Dickson

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

‘IROs often raise the alarm about a child’s situation …’

Anne Longfield, the Children’s Commissioner for England, has responded to the Department for Education’s publication of ‘Foster Care in England’ stating: “All children, including those in foster care, need and deserve the love, care and support of a family. I welcome this review of fostering which shines a light on what being in foster care … Continue reading ‘IROs often raise the alarm about a child’s situation …’

#CareCrisisReview – online survey closes Sunday 11 February 2018

Family Rights Group is facilitating a sector-led Care Crisis Review which: is examining the reasons for the record number of care order applications and high numbers of children in care; aims to identify specific changes that can safely reduce the number of care cases coming before the family court and avert the need for children … Continue reading #CareCrisisReview – online survey closes Sunday 11 February 2018

Independent Monitoring Board finds pressures on the system have led to ‘inhumane outcomes’

The Prison Act 1952 requires every prison to be monitored by an independent Board appointed by the Secretary of State from members of the community in which the prison or centre is situated. The Annual Report of the Independent Monitoring Board at HM YOI Cookham Wood Published December 2017 presents a number of findings including those specifically related to questions … Continue reading Independent Monitoring Board finds pressures on the system have led to ‘inhumane outcomes’

Promoting the voice of young people in the care system #VOC

NIROMP are working with Coram Voice to promote the voice of young people in the care system and their entitlement to advocacy. Coram Voice are very keen to work alongside IRO's in ensuring that children in care are able to access advocacy support, and are able to resolve the concerns they have sought out advocacy … Continue reading Promoting the voice of young people in the care system #VOC

Developments in practice

Cardiff University researchers to drive improvements in social care sector Originally published 16 November 2017 Cardiff University has been chosen as the research partner in a £4.85m initiative to help improve the lives of children who are at risk of abuse or neglect. Read more at source: here Implementing Systemic Models of Social Work 'Sustainable … Continue reading Developments in practice