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

Ofsted refutes Care Review’s claim over ‘unnecessary’ child protection investigations

Ofsted inspectors do not support the view put forward in the Care Review’s Case for Change report that local authorities are carrying out unnecessary child protection investigations, the inspectorate has said. Read full piece at source: Ofsted refutes Care Review’s claim over ‘unnecessary' child protection investigations

Children and young people’s mental health in lockdown: podcast

Source: The Association for Child and Adolescent Mental HealthDate: 17 August 2021 The Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health (ACAMH) has released a podcast discussing mental health in lockdown and its impact on children, young people and families. Listen to the podcast: Mental health in lockdown and its impact on children, adolescents and families

Transitioning teenagers

BBC Three have released a documentary looking at some transitioning teenagers who are seeking treatment from private healthcare providers or buying unregulated hormones on the internet. Read the news story:Transitioning teens: Is there enough support for gender non-conforming young people?View the documentary on BBC iPlayer: Transitioning teens