Given the paradox of the care system, how can we possibly know what is the best way to improve it? #careexpconf

'It is not enough to hold a focus group or consult a few kids who have recently left care. We need to get the widest view based on the longest, most diverse and most experienced consultants available -the care experienced community of all ages, in all its glorious diversity. That is why I support a... Continue Reading →

Siblings, Contact and the Law: An overlooked relationship? | Nuffield Foundation

This new report is the first legal study in England and Wales to focus on sibling relationships. It offers insights into current thinking about siblings and fills a knowledge gap. By identifying the impact of the shifting legal framework and practitioner and expert assumptions about siblings underpinning current legal decision-making, it addresses an overlooked issue.... Continue Reading →

Care Proceedings in England: The case for clear blue water | Isabelle Trowler

This policy briefing highlights the findings from an exploratory study of care proceedings in 4 local authorities across England. The study found that the vast majority of decisions taken to initiate care proceedings were certainly reasonable but the question is whether or not they were always necessary. The study found that the difficulties facing families... Continue Reading →

New scheme launched to support young people leaving care – call to action

A landmark package of support has been announced by the Department of Education and  Nadhim Zahawi MP to help raise aspirations and outcomes for care leavers. A number of businesses, charities and every government departments in England have signed up to the Care Leaver Covenant, which commits to provide work based opportunities to young people leaving the... Continue Reading →

More than 120 national organisations accuse Government of ‘ignoring children’

Source: National Children's Bureau There is compelling evidence that the services and support that children rely on are at breaking point. NCB is proud to be part of a group of 120+ organisations calling for the Government to act swiftly to put children at the heart of its spending decisions. Supporters include teaching unions, children's charities,... Continue Reading →

News from the Department for Education

The Department for Education is seeking to improve communication with IROs / social workers and has established an e-mail channel and a new e-newsletter for children and family social workers. Quarterly bulletins from the Department for Education will provide the latest news, guidance on best practice and updates from innovation projects across the country. Sign-up to... Continue Reading →

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