Government consultation on whether to continue relaxing children’s social care a ‘shambles’ | www.basw.co.uk

England is the only part of the UK to have amended children’s social care regulations during the pandemic. Relaxations that will continue after 25 September, based on the consultation findings, are the time taken for medical information in fostering and adoption assessments; use of virtual visits and extended time between Ofsted visits of children’s homes. … Continue reading Government consultation on whether to continue relaxing children’s social care a ‘shambles’ | www.basw.co.uk

REMOVAL OF SAFEGUARDS FOR CHILDREN IN CARE – JUDICIAL REVIEW GIVEN GO AHEAD

#SCRAPSI445, CHILD PROTECTION, CHILDREN IN CARE, CHILDREN'S RIGHTS IN CARE, STATUTORY INSTRUMENT 445 Thank you Article 39 for your continued work to promote and protect every child’s rights on the basis of equality and non-discrimination. We stand with you.Sharon Martin, chair of the National IRO Managers Partnership (NIROMP) Articles 39 children’s rights charity has been granted permission for a … Continue reading REMOVAL OF SAFEGUARDS FOR CHILDREN IN CARE – JUDICIAL REVIEW GIVEN GO AHEAD

The impact of Covid-19

Social work with children and families in the pandemic. A time of possibility and potential, opportunities and challenges. @SusannahBowyer@Acsocialwork on doing and thinking differently: HERE University of East Anglia have also undertaken research, with similar findings. You can read at source: HERE This research briefing from @ESRC & @UKRI_News funded study of how social workers … Continue reading The impact of Covid-19

Huge spike in number of children needing foster care during pandemic, Barnardo’s warns

A surge in demand for foster care places combined with a drop in potential carers as a result of the coronavirus pandemic is creating a “state of emergency” in the care system, Barnardo’s has warned. The coronavirus pandemic has hit vulnerable families the hardest, with many reaching crisis point. This has created a state of emergency, … Continue reading Huge spike in number of children needing foster care during pandemic, Barnardo’s warns

RACISM, RACIAL DISCRIMINATION – EDUCATION & ACTIVISM

The National IRO Managers Partnership (NIROMP) is appalled by the murder of George Floyd. We stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter protests and speaking out against continued racial injustices. Racism and racial discrimination is decades, centuries old. We are angry and sad that in 2020 it is still killing people, destroying lives, affecting … Continue reading RACISM, RACIAL DISCRIMINATION – EDUCATION & ACTIVISM

BREAKING: @article_39 have issued judicial review proceedings against the Secretary of State for Education

VIDEO: Watch Article 39’s Director explain why we threatened legal action (from May 2020):  https://youtu.be/e4W-8tCKbOM Article 39 has applied to the High Court for a judicial review of secondary legislation that dilutes or removes a series of duties, including around the arrangements under which social workers must visit children in care and IROs must carry out reviews of … Continue reading BREAKING: @article_39 have issued judicial review proceedings against the Secretary of State for Education

NIROMP Guest Post by Martin Barrow as part of our Covid-19 Short Stories series

LET’S BUILD SOMETHING TOGETHER Author: Martin Barrow @MartinBarrow Local authority foster carer, journalist. The bunk beds in the children’s room have been part of the family, well, forever. They once belonged to our now grown-up daughters, and over the years have been a resting place for foster children trying to sleep away their worries and … Continue reading NIROMP Guest Post by Martin Barrow as part of our Covid-19 Short Stories series

Delivering family group conferences during the Coronavirus crisis #ThankYou @FamilyRightsGp

https://twitter.com/FamilyRightsGp/status/1263394355315978240?s=20 Delivering family group conferences during the Coronavirus crisis This guide is written to help local authorities, during the crisis, to work in partnership with families in their localities to make workable plans for vulnerable children and adults who are struggling or are at risk. It describes how remote technology can be used to continue to enable family … Continue reading Delivering family group conferences during the Coronavirus crisis #ThankYou @FamilyRightsGp

CRISIS, RECOVERY AND CHANGE – LET’S BUILD SOMETHING TOGETHER

Capturing, sharing and learning from change stories is a key component of the evidence and learning available within and across NIROMP’s regional networks. In these troubling times it seems more important than ever that we share learning and support each other. Each of us holds a unique story. Sharing these can contribute to our understanding … Continue reading CRISIS, RECOVERY AND CHANGE – LET’S BUILD SOMETHING TOGETHER

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