Councils should lose responsibility for children in care to national service, says fostering charity

Local authorities should cede responsibility for children in care to a new national service, a fostering charity has argued in its submission to the care review. TACT urged the review to recommend the creation of a National Care Family (NCF) to take over fostering, adoption, and kinship, residential and secure care provision, and also provide … Continue reading Councils should lose responsibility for children in care to national service, says fostering charity

New review notes the key leadership role of child protection conference chairs and independent reviewing officers

National review into babies seriously harmed or killed by their father or male carer. Today the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel published their third national review, which looks at safeguarding children under 1 year old from non-accidental injury by their father or male carer. The key findings show that while maternal health and wellbeing are, … Continue reading New review notes the key leadership role of child protection conference chairs and independent reviewing officers

Responding to national standards for unregulated accommodation

The National Leaving Care Benchmarking Forum (NLCBF), part of Catch22, responds to the Department for Education’s consultation on ‘Introducing new national standards for independent and semi-independent provision for looked-after children and care leavers aged 16-17’. Read full piece at source: Responding to national standards for unregulated accommodation

The campaign to #KeepCaringTo18 

The campaign to #KeepCaringTo18The campaign is running a week of action this week, with a growing number of supporters sharing messages and videos explaining why they oppose the government's legislation, which comes into force this week, that under 16s will be entitled to placements where they receive care, but that 16- and 17-year olds will … Continue reading The campaign to #KeepCaringTo18 

Yvette Stanley’s latest blog with a link to Ofsted’s full response to the Social Care Review – Case for Change

Source: Ofsted Posted on: 25 August 2021  There’s much we can agree with in the report. For example, we are glad to see the review echo the call that we (and many others) have made for a cross-government approach to achieving solutions. We were delighted to see the review stress the need for increased support for kinship carers. We welcome the emphasis placed on effective early intervention and support for families, which … Continue reading Yvette Stanley’s latest blog with a link to Ofsted’s full response to the Social Care Review – Case for Change

Paid Care Leaver Internships – please share!

No qualifications required. Open to 18 - 30 year old care leavers. Please share. Reference number: 142075 Salary: £18,514 - £27,200Administrative Officer: National Minimum Salary £18,514 London Minimum Salary £22,638 Executive Officer: National Minimum Salary £21,170 London Minimum Salary £27,200 Grade: Administrative Officer | Executive Officer Contract type: Fixed Term | Temporary (Not fair and … Continue reading Paid Care Leaver Internships – please share!

How the many small differences in looked-after children’s lives shape the inequalities they face as adults

By Sacha Samms I was a looked-after child on and off throughout my teenage years. I was also a social worker for over 10 years working in a variety of settings, where at times I felt like a double agent. Being an insider to the care system, someone who has been ‘social worked’, allows for a … Continue reading How the many small differences in looked-after children’s lives shape the inequalities they face as adults

Council to train social workers on better involving families in section 20 cases after watchdog report

A council is training its social workers on how to better involve parents and guardians in its decision-making after the local government watchdog found it failed to communicate adequately with the grandmother of a child in its care. The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman found Waltham Forest council failed to properly investigate the woman’s … Continue reading Council to train social workers on better involving families in section 20 cases after watchdog report

Impact of the pandemic on mental health

Children’s mental health Source: NHS Confederation Date: 25 August 2021 The NHS Confederation has published a report looking at the impact of the pandemic on children’s mental health and the services that support them. Findings include: there are significant increases in demand for mental health support for children and young people across all services, and in … Continue reading Impact of the pandemic on mental health

Recordings from the APSW Knowledge & Evidence Events available to view online

These hour long, online briefing events were specifically designed to inform the Children’s Social Work and Social Care sector about the current knowledge of the field, as well as independently contribute to the evidence informing the Department for Education’s Children’s Social Care Review. Each event focused on key messages delivered by leading researchers in the … Continue reading Recordings from the APSW Knowledge & Evidence Events available to view online