S (Child in care: Unregistered Placement) [2020] EWHC 1012 (Fam)

Judgment of Cobb J concerning unregistered placements and the chronic issue of absence of satisfactory secure provision. This matter concerns Samantha (a name chosen by her for the judgment), an extremely vulnerable 15 year old young person. Samantha had difficult upbringing, and experienced a chaotic childhood with little security or stability. She has seriously self … Continue reading S (Child in care: Unregistered Placement) [2020] EWHC 1012 (Fam)

Re AV (A Child) (Expert Report) [2020] EWCA Civ 346

A judgment concerning the necessity of an expert report into the impact on a child of adoption where four possible options were being considered for placement, adoption among them. "The social worker and guardian are plainly well-qualified and highly-trained professionals, but their expertise manifestly does not extend to expressing a professional opinion as to the … Continue reading Re AV (A Child) (Expert Report) [2020] EWCA Civ 346

Ethical standards in a time of crisis

Source: GOV.UK Professor Mark Philp, Posted on: 4 May 2020  Professor Mark Philp, Chair of the Committee's Research Advisory Board, blogs in an independent capacity on the importance of the Seven Principles in a time of crisis. The seven (Nolan) principles of public life – selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty, leadership – were designed intentionally to … Continue reading Ethical standards in a time of crisis

COVID-19: Guidance for Independent Reviewing Officers and IRO Managers

NIROMP have produced the following guidance for Independent Reviewing Officers and IRO Managers. It will be kept under regular review by NIROMP to ensure that it reflects the evolving picture and that IROs and IRO Managers have the practice guidance required to support them in their work. COVID-19: Guidance for Independent Reviewing Officers and IRO … Continue reading COVID-19: Guidance for Independent Reviewing Officers and IRO Managers

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

DfE proposes banning unregulated placements for children under 16

Reforms to unregulated provision for children in care and care leavers Visit DfE website for more info: https://consult.education.gov.uk/unregulated-provision/unregulated-provision-children-in-care/ Closes: 8 Apr 2020 Opened: 12 Feb 2020 Contact: 0370 000 2288 Submit your views: CSCUnregulated.consultation@education.gov.uk DfE proposes banning unregulated placements for children under 16The government has proposed making it illegal to place under-16s in unregulated accommodation, … Continue reading DfE proposes banning unregulated placements for children under 16

All is not well in the family courts …

This talk by Sir James Munby (lately President of the Family Division of the High Court of Justice of England and Wales) at a Conference in Edinburgh on 10 February 2020 of Shared Parenting Scotland is an interesting read. Sir James Munby states: Time is running out to address all these problems. These continuing attacks … Continue reading All is not well in the family courts …

SUPPORTING KINSHIP CARE

In whatever form it takes, NIROMP believe that Kinship Care is an important and valuable route to settled, permanent care for many children. ABOUT kinship care Kinship care is when family members or friends take on the care of children who, for many different reasons, are unable to remain living at home with their parents. … Continue reading SUPPORTING KINSHIP CARE

INDEPENDENT CARE REVIEW #KeepThePromise #ThePromise

Unprecedented review of Scottish care system demands radical overhaul Today the independent review into Scotland's care system published its final report. https://twitter.com/TheCareReview/status/1225020226540097536?s=20 We at NIROMP applaud all who contributed to Scotland Care Review, most especially the children and people with lived experience. Change is needed across Scotland as it is across England. We look forward … Continue reading INDEPENDENT CARE REVIEW #KeepThePromise #ThePromise

Flawed Placement Application #Adoption #HumanRights #fostering

This judgment should be an important reminder of why statutory regulation, guidance and caselaw exist. Achieving what’s right for individual children based on a holistic non-linear evaluation of the options must always govern decision making. This judgment by HHJ Lazarus contains powerful and important reminders of the stakes in which we are dealing when we … Continue reading Flawed Placement Application #Adoption #HumanRights #fostering