A Day in the life of an Independent Reviewing Officer

Posted August 3rd, 2022 My Background: Before becoming an Independent Reviewing Officer five years ago, I was a qualified Social Worker and had progressed to Senior Practitioner, working across a range of social work teams to gain experience including ‘front end’ duty work, child protection and care proceedings, and work with children in care. I … Continue reading A Day in the life of an Independent Reviewing Officer

Addressing systemic barriers to colleagues from racialised communities

Source: H.O.P.E Training and Consultancy & The Drive Partnership Posted: July 15th, 2022 NIROMP are proud to promote H.O.P.E Training and Consultancy & The Drive Partnership. Working together to address systemic barriers to colleagues from racialised communities in relation to entering the sector, remaining part of the workforce and progressing to leadership opportunities, they are … Continue reading Addressing systemic barriers to colleagues from racialised communities

Remove IROs from councils, urge half of Community Care readers

Source: Alex Turner on July 15, 2022 in Community Care Social workers overwhelmingly reject care review recommendation to scrap IROs, but most say role should be reformed, with greatest support for making it independent of local authorities. However, the National IRO Managers Partnership, which represents both IROs and their managers, voiced opposition to removing the role from councils. Role ‘should … Continue reading Remove IROs from councils, urge half of Community Care readers

Outside the Frame: Unaccompanied children denied care and protection

Date July 13th, 2022 ECPAT UK has published a report focussed on concerns about children arriving in the UK alone who are being unlawfully excluded from the duties and protections afforded to all children in England, placing them at significant risk of harm including exploitation and going missing, whilst outside of the well-established local safeguarding … Continue reading Outside the Frame: Unaccompanied children denied care and protection

Human Rights Committee launches public inquiry on the Bill of Rights

Date: July 13th, 2022 The Bill of Rights Bill would make wide-reaching changes to the human rights framework in the UK, including by:   Changing how courts can interpret and apply human rights;  Limiting the duty on public authorities to act compatibly with human rights and,  Making various changes to the enforcement of human rights through the courts.   … Continue reading Human Rights Committee launches public inquiry on the Bill of Rights

Many children placed in homes far away from their families amid national sufficiency challenge 

Source: Ofsted Originally published July 8th, 2022 Children in the care system are often placed in homes far away from their families because of a lack of suitable places near to where they live, Ofsted research suggests. This is because homes are not evenly distributed across the regions of England, meaning supply does not match demand. … Continue reading Many children placed in homes far away from their families amid national sufficiency challenge 

NIROMP responds to results of Community Care poll ‘What should happen to the IRO role?’

Over 80% of Community Care readers vote to keep the IRO role with 49% voting for IROs to be employed outside local authorities. The National Independent Reviewing Officer Managers Partnership is committed to improving the practice that impacts on the lives of children and families. Critical analyses provided by the independent children’s social care review, … Continue reading NIROMP responds to results of Community Care poll ‘What should happen to the IRO role?’

STAYING CONNECTED REPORT PUBLISHED – CORAM VOICE

By Coram Voice July 2022 Over 7,500 children and young people in care share their views and experiences on contact arrangements with their families.Over a fifth of children felt they saw their mums, dads and siblings too littleCompared with foster and kinship care, more young people in residential. care were dissatisfied with how often they … Continue reading STAYING CONNECTED REPORT PUBLISHED – CORAM VOICE

UKRAINE: COUNCIL HEADS RAISE SAFEGUARDING CONCERNS AS UK STARTS ACCEPTING UNACCOMPANIED CHILDREN

By Mithran Samuel on June 23, 2022 in Community Care ADCS voices disappointment over lack of guidance on councils' role should placements with sponsors break down, while LGA highlights pressures on "already over-stretched" social workers Council leaders have issued safeguarding and resource concerns, after the government opened its Homes for Ukraine scheme to unaccompanied children. Read full piece at source: … Continue reading UKRAINE: COUNCIL HEADS RAISE SAFEGUARDING CONCERNS AS UK STARTS ACCEPTING UNACCOMPANIED CHILDREN

Sector lines up against IRO abolition  

Date June 18, 2022 Last month Mithran Samuel editor at the Community Care group Community Care approached NIROMP Chair, Sharon Martin, for comment on the recommendations of the Independent Review of Children’s Social Care’s final report. You can now view Mithran’s piece, along with the unedited comments submitted by NIROMP Chair.  Yesterday, Community Care published ‘Should the IRO role be abolished?’ including … Continue reading Sector lines up against IRO abolition