Care Review ‘focus on’ events

Yesterday NIROMP update from the Care Review Team. Please read, pass on and register for the event if you can: Good afternoon, As someone who has signed up for updates from the independent review of children’s social care, we wanted to let you know about the next in our series of ‘focus on’ events. The … Continue reading Care Review ‘focus on’ events


Source: Dr Emily Keddel Reorienting Oranga Tamariki towards prevention, rather than reaction to harm, is a step in the right direction. But there is still a long way to go in addressing the organisation’s fragmentation, argues Emily Keddell. Emily asks us to consider 'Is a child protection agency more like a police force, or more … Continue reading WHAT OUR CHILD PROTECTION SYSTEM SHOULD BE DOING

Re CK: Derby CC v BA [2021] EWHC 2931 (Fam)

This judgement concerns issues relating to: Deprivation of liberty - childrenInherent jurisdiction cases Relevance of DOL Practice Guidance "[W]hilst accepting that an unwillingness or inability on the part of a placement to comply with the terms of the President’s Practice Guidance is a factor that informs the overall best interests evaluation on an application under … Continue reading Re CK: Derby CC v BA [2021] EWHC 2931 (Fam)

Reframing Support for Families

Some good, important reads to prompt thinking about how support for families following parental separation is framed. This report by the Family Solutions Group, entitled What about me?: Reframing Support for Families following Parental Separation, was published in 2021 and for those of you who may not have seen it, it is an important document. It should … Continue reading Reframing Support for Families

Social care review – Call for ideas

Today the Social Care Review team have launched their Call for Ideas. This is an opportunity to share ideas. From big transformative ideas that might take years and require systemic change to smaller solutions that could deliver more immediate results for children, the challenge is there. This Call for Ideas is open to all for 6 … Continue reading Social care review – Call for ideas


The President of the Family Division, Sir Andrew McFarlane, has published his Transparency in the Family Courts Report which recommends journalists can report what they hear and see in family courts in England and Wales for the first time. Read at source: Transparency in the Family Courts Report Related piece: Leading from the front

‘Why social workers need to show children they care’

In one of my review meetings, I was asked by my independent reviewing officer what my hobbies were. No one had ever asked me that question before and after a minute of thinking, my mind landed on tennis. I had never played before, but I’d seen plenty of matches on television […] Read full piece at … Continue reading ‘Why social workers need to show children they care’

Cafcass asks government to fund agency social worker recruitment as staff reach ‘breaking point’

Ministry of Justice rebuffs call for more funding as family court body extends policy of deferring less urgent cases and faces £2.7m overspend Correction: This article previously incorrectly stated that Cafcass’ demand for public law increased by 9.5% from April to September 2021, when it had declined by 9.5% between April-September 2020 to the same period … Continue reading Cafcass asks government to fund agency social worker recruitment as staff reach ‘breaking point’

COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE – contextual safeguarding

Researchers at the Contextual Safeguarding research programme have recently finalised a three year project called Securing Safety, about the rate, cost and impact of out of area placements (relocations) as a response to extra-familial harm in adolescence. They will be speaking at NIROMP's Community of Practice session in March 2022. Hear from researchers and practitioners … Continue reading COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE – contextual safeguarding

Supporting care leavers

For National Care Leavers Week, Research in Practice have made the Setting up care leavers to succeed: Online learning package open access and brought together other Research in Practice learning resource to support outcomes for care leavers. In 2019, the Care Experienced Conference shared views and celebrated the richness and diversity of the care experienced community. Research in … Continue reading Supporting care leavers