Audit tool to support early and effective permanency planning for looked after children.

This latest audit tool has been developed as part of NIROMP’s audit / improvement work - to contribute towards our strategic priority: “Secure Love and Care”. We recommend that this audit tool is used by IROs to support and quality assure the progress of permanence plans presented to the child’s second statutory care plan review. … Continue reading Audit tool to support early and effective permanency planning for looked after children.

COVID-19: Guidance for Independent Reviewing Officers and IRO Managers

NIROMP have produced the following guidance for Independent Reviewing Officers and IRO Managers. It will be kept under regular review by NIROMP to ensure that it reflects the evolving picture and that IROs and IRO Managers have the practice guidance required to support them in their work. COVID-19: Guidance for Independent Reviewing Officers and IRO … Continue reading COVID-19: Guidance for Independent Reviewing Officers and IRO Managers

THE ADOPTION AND CHILDREN (CORONAVIRUS) (AMENDED) REGULATIONS 2020

On Friday 24 April 2020, the Government passed a statutory instrument, the Adoption and Children (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020, making potentially significant changes to the Care Planning, Placement and Case Review Regulations 2010. These regulations make significant temporary changes to the rights and entitlements of children and young people living in care. They apply to … Continue reading THE ADOPTION AND CHILDREN (CORONAVIRUS) (AMENDED) REGULATIONS 2020

Ofsted’s Annual Report: highlighting some of the big issues for social care

Yvette Stanley, Ofsted’s National Director for Social Care, discusses the latest Ofsted Annual Report It’s really pleasing to mark another Annual Report – my second since joining Ofsted – with some positive news. Our latest annual overview reports an increasingly effective response to the most vulnerable children. Almost half of local authorities inspected last year … Continue reading Ofsted’s Annual Report: highlighting some of the big issues for social care

THE PRESSURE TO CHOOSE AN EXCLUSIVE IDENTITY

We hope this piece prompts you to ask yourself how you can provide positive help and support to children from black and minority ethnic backgrounds. Article 20 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child states that “Children who cannot be looked after by their own family have a right to special care … Continue reading THE PRESSURE TO CHOOSE AN EXCLUSIVE IDENTITY

Research in Practice | Transitional safeguarding – bridging the gap between Children’s and Adults’ Services

The latest @researchIP blog explores how to work effectively with adolescents and young people when undertaking safeguarding work, recognising that adolescence throws up different issues that don’t simply disappear at age 18. The challenge remains for Children’s Services to learn from adult social care, for example the Making Safeguarding Personal approach to safeguarding, which puts … Continue reading Research in Practice | Transitional safeguarding – bridging the gap between Children’s and Adults’ Services

Final call: UEA evaluation of the DfE 2015 Regulations and Guidance for long-term foster care #IROs #Research

Dear Colleagues, This is the final opportunity for managers of IROs and looked after children/fostering services to contribute to important ADCS supported research currently being undertaken by the University of East Anglia. This study is the first and only piece of research evaluating the impact of the DfE 2015 Regulations and Guidance on Long term … Continue reading Final call: UEA evaluation of the DfE 2015 Regulations and Guidance for long-term foster care #IROs #Research

Landmark collection of reports published today: “The genie is now out of the bottle” says Ian Dickson

Ian Dickson, chair of the #CareExpConf group officially presented the reports at Liverpool Hope University to the Professor in Social Work Michael Lavalette. https://twitter.com/IDickson258/status/1179810483223879680?s=20 The reports are available to download at source via the Care Experienced Conference website: https://www.careexperiencedconference.com/reports https://twitter.com/IDickson258/status/1179811215020875776?s=20 https://twitter.com/aosullivan01/status/1179808739152543750?s=20 What matters now is that this report is heard and listened to properly by … Continue reading Landmark collection of reports published today: “The genie is now out of the bottle” says Ian Dickson

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

Improving the role of adult mental health services in multi-agency child protection

Yvette Stanley,  Ofsted's National Director for Social Care. First posted on: 20 August 2019  Yvette Stanley discusses the important role of adult mental health services as part of the multi-agency approach to helping and protecting children. Joint targeted area inspections (JTAIs) show that no agency can provide effective help and protection to children in a local … Continue reading Improving the role of adult mental health services in multi-agency child protection